On March 23, Iranian cost guards captured 15 British marines, even though the British government averred that the latters were navigating in Iraqi waters. Afterwards, on April 4, Iran’s president Mahmud Ahmadinejad announced the release of these prisoners just to let them celebrate Easter.
Because of the unmasked potential declaration of war to Iran from the USA, the capture of these 15 British marines by Iranian coast guards sent a clear message to the West: Iranian officials are trying to say that their country have the necessary military resources to defend itself against its attackers.
You might call this diplomatic game between Iran and Great Britain a tie. None of the protagonists in this game offered public apologies to one another.
A little bit more and the West would have described Mahmud Ahmadinejad as the Iranian radicals’ puppets! Obviously, with the unconvincing release of the 15 British soldiers, Iranian officials certainly tried to avoid dishonour, given their reputation for seeking confrontation with the West.
Faye Turney, the only woman of the group, made an appearance on an Iranian news show to “admit” that her companions and her were in Iran’s territorial waters. Such a thing really elated the news editors of the Tehran Times. In fact, according to this English-speaking newspaper, this diplomatic crisis is apparently aggravated by: 1) the state of denial in which British politicians are living and 2) by the support of the European Union and the USA to Great Britain.
In spite of the things that were written in the Tehran Times, it was really Iran which acted like a fool. By refusing to offer apologies to Iran, Great Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair stood up against a country that advocates its own brand of demagoguery. In accordance to the official data obtained by GPS, the 15 captured British marines were 1.5 kilometres far from Iran’s territorial waters. In short, they were in Iraqi territorial waters.
Again, what was the point of such a political manoeuvre? Let's remember that in January, American soldiers captured 5 pasdarans (Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards) who were in Iraq. Having 15 captured British marines was certainly meant to allow Iran 1) to get revenge on the West and 2) to use these British (who were accused in Iran of espionage) as bargaining chips in an exchange of prisoners with the West.
However, the "confession" of the 15 British marines can't be perceived as being true. It's very easy to tell that these Westerners had to say it so that Iranian officials can have a smile. Actually, the Iranian Mullahs never managed to prove that the 15 British marines were in Iranian territorial waters. The capture of these people who were busy with the war in Iraq shows something wrong with Iran: this Muslim country was violating the sovereignty of Iraq according to Aziz Al-Hajj, a columnist from the Iraqi newspaper Al-Badeal.
With its foreign policies, Iran is more preoccupied about exacerbating its nationalism rather than to give a good kick to its economy for the benefit of its people who are forced to deal with an inflation rate of 15.6% (2006). Most Iranian politicians and diplomats (except Ali Larijani) didn't seem to want this crisis to be over, because their thoughts are aligned on a desire of sheer provocation.
As a criminal state, Iran definitely has a good experience in violating international laws. In 1979, the people in the American embassy in Tehran were illegally taken as hostages. During this present crisis, the Iranian authorities didn't give a damn about the fact that their citizens were messing with the West by attempting to invade the British embassy.
All in all, the Islamic Republic of Iran shouldn't be surprised if we, as Westerners, perceived most of its politicians as barbaric bums. Seriously, if Iran really wants to have a diplomatic talk, it should really stop acting like a victim "in the name of Islam".