Sunday, March 25, 2007

Casus Belli

"Casus Belli" is Latin for "cause for war."

And that is what the Free World faces now. The arch-enemy of freedom, the epicenter of terror, the Islamic Republic of Iran, has seized 15 British sailors and marines who were carrying out their official duties in Iraqi territorial waters. Iran has given the West a crystal-clear, unmistakable Casus Belli.

To add injury to insult, Iran haughtily has announced its intentions to try these men as spies, an enormous and flagrant violation of International Law. In Iran, the penalty for espionage is death. In fact, the British diplomats have been denied all access to their captured countrymen, and are not even sure where their imprisoned brethren are.

So, where is the outrage and condemnation for these gigantic violations of human rights? Oh that's right, only America's enemies are entitled to such rights. Only people who use children as suicide bombers, or murder women and children outright, or behead journalists and engineers on video, are allowed to have these rights.

If Britain, the US and the West wanted a clear Casus Belli on Iran, this provocation fits the bill as few others could. But will the West's leaders rise to the occasion? The initial signs are not promising.

The Iranians have (either unwittingly, or by design) attacked the junior member of the US-British alliance. Frankly, the Brits are the weaker member, not just militarily, but politically as well. Blair is on his way out of power and, with only a few months to go until his departure from Whitehall, is not in a good position to influence the situation or steer his country through yet another Muslim-engineered crisis. Furthermore, the UK is weakened by a significant Muslim-Leftist-Jihadist movement within its borders, both publically and within its government. The US will not make any moves without taking its cues from or following London's lead. And London looks fairly paralyzed at the moment.

As for now, the Brits are said to be "pursuing aggressive diplomacy" to win the freedom of their servicemen. Issuing "strongly worded letters" and "protesting vociferously through diplomatic channels." Yup, I'm sure that's got the Mullahs quaking in their sandals.

Might I suggest that the Brits expel all Iranian diplomats and agents from the UK as an opening gambit in this game that Iran insists on playing. Failing that, an ultimatum sent to Teheran to release the prisoners--an ultimatum written in blood perhaps, so our 'friends' in Teheran better understand. And then, after the predictable Iranian thumbing of the nose, the Royal Navy should sink a few Iranian naval assets in response, and then sit back and see if the Mullahs would like to reconsider their bellicosity. After that, if the sailors are not released immediately unharmed, I would tactfully suggest that every tangible asset of the Islamic Republic be obliterated. They've had it coming for quite a long time, after all.

But the Brits aint got no spine, sad to say. I desperately hope I am wrong on this, but I don't think so.

2 comments:

Gravelrash said...

So, where is the outrage and condemnation for these gigantic violations of human rights? Oh that's right, only America's enemies are entitled to such rights. Only people who use children as suicide bombers, or murder women and children outright, or behead journalists and engineers on video, are allowed to have these rights.

Got it in one. There is no talking to Islam..... and there is no talking to those who deny their culture and heritage. They merit our disgust and repugnance.

Mark said...

They merit our disgust and repugnance.

Indeed, Gravelrash! Indeed!