By now, the nearly two-week-long hostage crisis prompted by Iran's brazen seizure of 15 British sailors and marines in the Persian Gulf in late March is beginning to fade from public memory. But the incident has provided the West with an important glimpse into Iranian strategy - and an unprecedented opportunity for a reinvigorated transatlantic consensus about confronting the Islamic Republic.
"Female students must wear simple and long dresses, pants, and headscarfs with appropriate thickness and color. They must avoid wearing short, thin and tight dresses. Their shoes and socks must be appropriate. They must not use make-up and should avoid unnecessary relations with male students."
It's been a bravura performance. And apparently it is paying off. On Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad crowed that Iran has begun enriching uranium on an industrial scale.
Iran Daily, quoting a report by the Iran Students' News Agency, said last week the American Chemical Society has rescinded the membership of 36 Iranian scientists. It said the ACS cited the U.S. embargo again Iran for its decision.
The U.S.-based International Society for Optical Engineering has stopped delivery to Iranian researchers of requested books and publications, it added.
Edmonton Sun - By SALIM MANSUR - Taking British sailors hostage just a test of strength
The insolence of the thuggish regime in Iran is rising in inverse proportion to the self-abasement of the West and, in particular, the European Union.
The hostage taking of British sailors by Tehran was a move to test the resolve of Britain and its allies in responding to provocation bordering on an act of war.
Bradenton Herald - Only united front will deter rogue like Iran
Once again, it appears Iran has thumbed its nose at the West - and will get away with it.
Iran's seizure March 23 of 15 British sailors for allegedly trespassing into Iranian waters was a calculated act of retribution for the Western opposition to its nuclear technology development efforts - a defiant quid pro quo for the economic sanctions imposed as punishment for its nuclear development program. It is similar in method if not scale to the seizure of 52 employees of the American Embassy in Tehran in 1979 as a protest against the United States providing the deposed Shah of Iran a home in exile while receiving medical treatment. This hostage crisis, however, ended much more quickly, with Iran releasing the British personnel Thursday after just 13 days; the U.S. Embassy crisis lasted 444 days.
Iran committed an act of war by seizing 15 British sailors and marines in Iraqi waters and holding them hostage for almost two weeks. In response to this outrage, the British government dithered while the Iranians humiliated the hostages by videotaping their "confessions."