Why did we risk British lives?

Commentators are divided over who came out on top in the Iran hostage situation.

Commentators are divided over who came out on top in the Iran hostage situation.

Some say British diplomacy paid off, others say Iran was the more skilful. All seem to agree there are questions to be answered.

My question would be why we were risking British lives to check whether or not someone was smuggling cars into Iraq.

I thought our servicemen and women were there to promote peace, not act as Inland Revenue for the United Nations. For me the outright winner in this debacle was Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Before this incident he seemed a fanatical troublemaker. Now he looks like a cross between Mary Poppins and Mother Theresa. I think he played a blinder, talking tough at first and then coming over all kind and gentle and setting the captives free.

Whatever the truth about what happened to the captives, a large part of the world will remember only the new suits, the goody bags and his "gift to the British people".

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