Ahmadinejad said he had pardoned the sailors as a gift to the British people and to mark the birthday of Islam's Prophet Muhammed and Easter.OK, help me understand something here. If Ahmedinajean was feeling so gracious, why didn't he release them before? Why were they even taken hostage in the first place, since they were in Iraqi waters? Iran let these hostages go, no thanks to Queen Nancy, or fancy diplomacy. Iran made their point, that this is not Winston Churchill's Britain. You think the Little Tyrant would have kept these people hostage if Churchill were running England? Not a chance!
"On the occasion of the birthday of the great prophet (Muhammad) ... and for the occasion of the passing of Christ, I say the Islamic Republic government and the Iranian people -- with all powers and legal right to put the soldiers on trial -- forgave those 15," he said, referring to the Muslim prophet's birthday last Saturday and Easter, next Sunday.
"This pardon is a gift to the British people," he said.
Oh, and here's a question: Why did those on the left get all in a tither about showing Saddam Hussein after he got captured, yet nary a peep when these illegally-captured sailors were put on TV? And where the outrage about showing four civilians' dead, burned bodies being hung from a bridge? Or our soldiers being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu? Ahh, that good old selective liberal moral outrage. (/rant)
Let's end on a positive note. The sailors are free, they're headed home.