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Iran's Capture of British Personnel is an Act of War

Contact: Matt Streit, Senior Media Associate, 202-608-6156, 202-439-0271 cell; Elizabeth B. Fulk, Senior Media Associate, 202-608-6157; both with The Heritage Foundation


WASHINGTON, Mar. 23 /Standard Newswire/ -- Nile Gardiner, Director, Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation, made the following comments in response to Iran's capture of British personnel:


The capture by Iran of 15 British sailors and marines is an aggressive act of war against the United Kingdom.

Iran is also responsible for the killing of British soldiers inside Iraq through its support for Shia militias.


Britain should threaten to retaliate against Iran unless its personnel are immediately released.


Both the US and UK must strengthen their military build-up for possible strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.


Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should be condemned by Western leaders for this latest outrage.


Ahmadinejad should be denied a visa by the State Department to address the United Nations next week.


NATO should issue a statement condemning Iran's actions, and call on NATO member states to resist Iranian aggression.


Photo:  Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., Hi-res version available


Nile Gardiner's key areas of specialization include the Anglo-U.S. Special Relationship, the United Nations, post-war Iraq, and the role of Great Britain and Europe in the U.S.-led alliance against international terrorism and 'rogue states', including Iran.