Friday, June 22, 2007

Aussie Rules

It has come to light that there was another attempt to capture coalition troops made by Iran in 2004. This as with the capture of the British sailors involved a boarding party.

The ending however was very different.

The Australians didn't repel one, but five, Iranian gunboats. It was a four hour confrontation following the Aussies boarding a grounded gunship, and it happened in 2004.

Remember the British soldiers that were temporarily captured by Iran, causing an international bruhaha? Remember how they ranted for days and weeks about how there was no way they could've avoided capture? The Australians managed to do it:

It turns out that Iranian forces made an earlier concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy.

The Australians, though, to quote one military source, "were having none of it".

The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be "highly colourful language".

The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters.

Rather than say, "oh, goodness, we are surrounded, please don't hurt me" as with the Brits the Australian sailors reboarded the craft they had just searched, pointed their weapons at the Iranians and let them know they were in for a fight.

Give the bully a fight and he will bother someone else. Act like you are weak and you will be victimized. This is as true of "international diplomacy" as it is with the playground.

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