April 1, 2007

WHAT DID MAGGIE DO ABOUT TERRY WAITE OR THE GIPPER ABOUT WILLIAM BUCKLEY?

Sovereignty a one-way street for Iran (MARK STEYN, 4/01/07, OC Register)

On this 25th anniversary of Britain's Falklands War with Argentina, Tony Blair is looking less like Margaret Thatcher and alarmingly like Jimmy Carter, the embodiment of the soi-disant "superpower" as a smiling eunuch.

But this is a season of anniversaries. A few days ago, the European Union was celebrating its 50th birthday with the usual lame Euro-boosterism. I said up above that the 15 hostages are "British subjects." But, as a point of law, they are also "citizens of the European Union." Even Oxford and Hoover's Timothy Garton Ash, one of the most indefatigable of those Euro-boosters, seemed to recognize the Iranian action was a challenge to Europe's pretensions. "Fifteen Europeans were kidnapped from Iraqi territorial waters by Iranian Revolutionary Guards," he wrote. "Those 14 European men and one European woman have been held at an undisclosed location ... interrogated, denied consular access, but shown on Iranian television, with one of them making a staged 'confession,' clearly under duress. So if Europe is as it claims to be, what's it going to do about it?"

Short answer: nothing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 1, 2007 8:03 PM
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