Friday, April 06, 2007

Probe questions captive British Soldiers behavior...

Evidently if you are taken prisoner and appear happy as well as have video of you drinking tea, opening gifts and openly admit you were wrong? You'll have some questions to answer upon your return according to this Washington Times article:
The relaxed, often smiling appearance of the captives on Iranian TV, along with their admissions of guilt, has caused considerable unease in Britain.
Analyst Steven Glover wrote that Britain was likely to lose prestige in the Middle East "as a result of the on-screen admissions by several of the hostages that they had illegally strayed into Iranian waters, as well as their profuse and seemingly supine statements of gratitude to their captors."
Another who said he was troubled by the images was Col. Bob Stewart, a commander of British peacekeeping forces during the Bosnian conflict.
"In the old way," Col. Stewart told British Broadcasting Corp. radio, "we didn't used to say much when we were taken as captive -- name, rank, number, date of birth." That is a far cry from current practice, under which British military personnel are advised to cooperate with their captors at their discretion if it can help save them from harm.
"I know things have changed, and I know they were not prisoners of war," Col. Stewart said, "but I'm a little disquieted about it."

1 comment:

Hooda Thunkit said...

The so-called P.O.W.s instantly denying that they were treated well and played along, to get along and to ultimately get freed sent the wrong message to the British People, to Us and to the rest of the world.

The Brits will take a hit for this in the Arab countries by losing face, and with the rest of the world for caving.

What ever happened to that famous British resolve and keeping a stiff upper lip?