I'm delighted to see our Sailors and Marines freed by the Iranians this afternoon and now the tough questions need to be asked.
*What were the rules of engagement?
*Why was no air cover or support given
*What coercion was used to convince the Sailors and the Marine officers to "confess?"
If you think back as far as the Korean war or even the first Gulf War, it would have been inconceivable for a British officer to "confess" to anything without being beaten to within an inch of his life first.
Perhaps times have changed and I certainly don't know the circumstances. One interesting thing, from my point of view, is that once upon a time, any group of that size would have had a mature NCO with them, like the tough colour sergeant, whose name I forget, in the photo. The officer I remember is a Captain Sheridan and you might be able to spot me hiding in the back row.