Famous New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra has a saying, "It's deja vu all over again." Seeing how Britain is handling the situation with Iran holding British military personnel hostage, Berra must be saying, "See?"
Tony Blair is taking the wrong tack by threatening to go to the United Nations if Iran didn't release the hostages, who were captured in territorial waters Iran claims is theirs. For one, the UN is inept. Does anyone really think the UN is going to do anything about President Imadinnerjacket that will make him say, "You know, we'd better release those hostages"? Of course not! Saddam Hussein pretty much proved the UN is a wet toilet paper tiger. Single ply, of course.
Then, there's Iran's claim that the Brits were in Iranian waters. For us to research this, we'd have to know where the Brits were and whether they were inside the internationally accepted borders of the body of water in question. The hostages have already "admitted" they were in Iranian waters, but before I'd accept such an admission I want to see the facts. After all, Rosie O'Donnell says any confession given under duress isn't valid, and we all know how much the faux left loves Rosie, right?
The biggest problem with the way Blair is handling this newest Iranian hostage crisis is that Iran has no reason to negotiate. As long as President Imadinnerjacket has the hostages and the Brits keep playing the wuss, he has them over a barrel. And since Imadinnerjacket believes war with the West will bring back the 12 Imam, it's a win-win situation for him.
Except in one situation. There is one way Britain can save face, Iran can lose complete control of the situation, and America can stand back and watch it happen. Remember when Imadinnerjacket claimed he would wipe Israel off the map? The way to go about freeing the hostages is to send in Israeli commandos. They have a score to settle with Iran, as well as a war in Lebanon to make up for, so they would be ready to go. Imagine Imadinnerjacket having to explain to his country that Israel freed the hostages. He would be in deeper trouble than he already is in with the religious leaders in Iran, and especially with the Iranian youth who are already pushing for reform.
If I were Blair, I'd be on the horn with Israel while playing the role of a Neville Chamberlain/Jimmy Carter clone. Unfortunately, I'm not Blair, and he might literally be a Chamberlain/Carter clone, so we'll have to suffer through deja vu all over again as Blair repeats the mistakes of the aforementioned buffoons.