The Friday frenzy was a latest attempt to find a solution before the sailors and marines are tried and sentenced in an Iranian court. The possibility of an upcoming trial was reinforced this morning when IRNA (the official Iranian news agency) quoted
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett told reporters this morning that “everybody regrets that this situation has arisen. What we want is a way out of it” (AFP).
Iranian intentions are not very clear. There are concerns that the hardliners might want to use this incident to gain politically. The November 1979 hostage crisis propelled the radical right into power and for many years kept the influence of the moderates and the reformists to a minimum.
The difference between the situation in 1979 and now, however, is enormous. Today the