Melanie Phillips has written for today’s Daily Mail about Labour’s "craven" response to Iran’s kidnapping of 15 British marines:
"Admiral Lord Nelson must be revolving in his grave. While on patrol in the Shatt-al-Arab waterway between Iran and Iraq, 15 Royal Marines and sailors were seized by Iran on a trumped up charge that they had entered Iranian waters. Six days on and there is no sign of their release. On the contrary, Iran has stepped up its aggression, threatening to charge the kidnapped marines with espionage and even denying them British consular access."
Her article documents the ways in which Iran has undermined the liberation of Iraq and is racing towards becoming a nuclear power with threats to wipe Israel off the face of the map.
Ms Phillips recommends three immediate steps:
- The setting of a clear timetable for the release of Britain’s marines;
- New rules of engagement so that if British military are challenged again by Iran that they clearly defend themselves;
- The seeking of a UN resolution that allows the UK to pursue all necessary means to get the marines back.
"Iran believes we will not act. They are banking with some confidence on appeasement by the West. And history tells us what horror awaits those who believe you can appease tyranny."
Related link: Hague on Iran’s kidnapping of Royal Navy sailors