Friday, June 22, 2007

Having None of It

Remember when the Iranians kidnapped all those sailors from the Royal Navy? Well, apparently they tried to do it to the Australians first, but it didn’t go quite as well. The following story from the BBC is making its rounds on Australian blogs:

When Iranian Revolutionary Guards captured the British sailors and Royal Marines in March, it was not exactly their first attempt.

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. . .

The British Sailors and Marines humiliated themselves and their country (though most of them didn’t seem nearly as embarrassed as they should have been). All they had to do was point their guns in the right direction and spout a few dirty words and the Iranians would have backed off.

(Via patriotic Australian, Tim Blair)

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