March 30, 2007
Britain is calling the Iranian TV appearances of British marines outrageous use of captives for propaganda.
"I would like to apologize for entering your waters without permission,
and that happened back in 2004, our government promised it wouldn't
happen again, and again I deeply apologize for entering your waters" said Nathan Thomas Summers, Royal Marine on Iranian TV.
Britain denounced the broadcast calling it propaganda and outrageous.
"I really don't know why the Iranian regime keeps doing this. All it does, it heightens people's sense of disgust. Captured personnel being paraded and manipulated in this way, it doesn't fool anyone.
It's a been a week since Iran seized the 15 British sailors and marines and neither side's backing down.
Iran demands an apology for entering their waters, Britain insists troops were in Iraqi waters.
Britain sought International condemnation from the U.N., but failed, aside
from a statement expressing "grave concern." Iran said taking the case
to the U.N. was unhelpful. This is between Iran and Britain.
A couple of days ago, there was hope of progress, when Iran promised to release of the one female sailor, Faye Turney, but they suspended those plans after what it called tough talk from London.
Now Iran's released a third letter, purportedly written by her in which she says she has been sacrificed to the policies of the British and the U.S. governments, and says she's been treated well. Unlike prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.
Mother of one, senior sailor, and with her fellow sailors, a
political pawn in a game where the stakes get higher by the hour.