Iran – Geneva Convention – Legal Position
Article 46 of the Geneva Convention states:
2. A member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict who, on behalf of that Party and in territory controlled by an adverse Party, gathers or attempts to gather information shall not be considered as engaging in espionage if, while so acting, he is in the uniform of his armed forces.
See TimesOnline report
Should we be surprised at this call as in the Daily Mail:
“Protesters waved placards demanding ‘15 British aggressors must be executed’ outside the foreign ministry.
“Video footage on state TV of Tehran parading its captives inflamed the worsening crisis – and led to demands for decisive action from the Foreign Office.”
This is the Islamic way in Iran particularly, and the outcome cannot be predicted. Anything at all is possible when dealing with the killing cult. And that is why so much depends on how our government and our Prime minister in particular handles the whole sorry business. If he puts a foot wrong, and our service people die, the furore over Iraq will be forgotten, as he will be held personally responsible.
Surely now President George W. Bush, British PM Tony Blair and Prince Charles have been schooled to conclude that Islam is not a “religion of peace” but a “religion of pieces” — basically broken limbs and tossed heads.
“The dangerous game of brinkmanship at a time of world tension over Iran’s nuclear program moved to a new level when Ministry of Defense officials told how the Iranians had launched an ‘unprovoked, unprecedented and improper’ attack last Friday.
“The Ministry of Defense said it ‘unambiguously contested’ claims from Tehran that the UK vessel was in their waters. Deputy chief of the defense staff Vice Admiral Charles Style said their detention at gunpoint was ‘unjustified and wrong’. He said the British personnel had carried out an ‘entirely routine’ boarding of an Indian how carrying a suspicious cargo of cars off the coast of Iraq.
“The ship’s co-ordinates had been confirmed by the Iraqi foreign minister and verified by the Indian vessel’s captain. They confirmed the ship was inside Iraqi waters. The Vice Admiral also disclosed that the Iranians had changed their account of where the incident had taken place after it was pointed out that the first set of co-ordinates they gave were in Iraqi waters.
“The Prime Minister, who spoke to George Bush about the growing crisis, told MPs: ‘It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and international pressure in order to make sure the Iranian government understands their total isolation on this issue.’”
What is generic to dealing with zealot Islamics is that “diplomatic and international pressure” does not work with them. They demand, not dialogue. It is their style whether immigrating to non-Muslim nations or Islamic heads dealing with free world heads.
If the mob gets its way, Brit heads will roll.