What is so difficult about understanding the intentions of Iran? The London Free Press, in an article on the Prime Ministers statements regarding the act of war committed by Iran by seizing 15 British soldiers who were in Iraqi waters, makes some statements which are telling in their implication.
Tough talk in the last century involved phrases of specific and undeniable purpose and intent:
Tear down this wall
We will bury you
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it
Consider then the tough words uttered by Mr. Blair, an undeniably able communicator on the purpose and intent of this war:
I hope we manage to get them (the Iranian government) to realize they have to release them. If not, then this will move into a different phase.
The paper does report that Mr. Blair stated he was willing to, if necessary, use means other than diplomacy to achieve the release of Great Britain’s service men and women. The reporter then, apparently all a-tizzy over the chance that the UK may be opening new fronts against arrogant dangerous and insane tyrants, finds a Blair spokesperson who ‘clarified’, patting the anxious reporter on the head and saying: “there, there, it’s alright, Mr. Blair doesn’t mean we’ll try military solutions or kick the Iranian diplomats out of London, don’t worry your little head about it.”
Ah, the courageous media in action.
What this war needs is a lot more tough talk and tough actions backing up that talk. Where are the Churchills or Thatchers, Reagans and Lees, brave men and women who see what must be done and do it, damning the consequences. Admiral Farragut in the civil war when faced with a particularly dangerous stretch of the Mississippi river that had been mined by the Confederate defenders famously said
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead