Iran, which is classified by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terrorism, has emasculated President Barack Obama again by broadcasting a disturbing video of a Navy sailor apologizing for accidentally drifting into Iranian waters due to a navigational error.
Photos and videos broadcast on Iranian television and around the world show 10 American Navy sailors kneeling, with their hands clasped behind their heads, as guns are pointed at them. Another video shows a sailor apologizing and thanking Iran for its hospitality even though his crew were treated like war prisoners.
Experts say Iran violated the Geneva Conventions by broadcasting the photos for propaganda purposes. Article 13 of the Geneva Conventions, a set of treaties that govern military conflicts, prohibits the parading of prisoners for purposes of “insults, public curiosity” or propaganda.
In one video interview, a Navy sailor identified by Iranian TV as the commander, admitted wrongdoing and apologized.
It was a mistake that was our fault and we apologize for our mistake. It was a misunderstanding. We did not mean to go into Iranian territorial waters.
The Iranian behavior was fantastic while we were here. We thank you very much for your hospitality and assistance.”
Military experts like Senator John McCain slammed the Obama Administration for allowing Iran to humiliate the United States like this. McCain, a former naval aviator who spent 5½ years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said Iran had no right to arrest the sailors for accidentally drifting into Persian waters.
McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ripped Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obama for meekly thanking Iran and calling the incident a diplomatic victory.
The Administration is pretending as if nothing out of the ordinary has occurred.
These sailors were arrested in apparent violation of international law and centuries of maritime custom and tradition.
Boats do not lose their sovereign immune status when they are in distress at sea.”
On Jan. 12, Iran seized two Navy patrol boats and 10 sailors (including one woman, who was forced to wear a makeshift hijab) for allegedly trespassing on Iranian waters. Iran arrested the sailors, seized their ships and guns, held them overnight, and released them to U.S. custody the following day.
What should have happened instead? Experts say Iran should have asked the sailors if they needed help. If no assistance was required, they should have let the sailors go on their way. The Navy crew were on tiny patrol boats, not massive war ships, and were clearly no military threat to Iran.
The Obama Administration has not condemned Iran because it wants to make sure the Iran nuclear deal goes through. Under the deal, Iran will receive $1.5 billion and the U.S. will end bans that have crippled Iran’s economy and oil exports.