• Yokohama, Kanagawa


In his April 11 article, “U.S. media feasted on Iranian baloney,” writer James Pinkerton was far too hard on the British Navy over the 15 sailors and marines taken as hostages by the Iranians in late March. He was right that most of the Western media, particularly CNN and most of the press, were quite shrewdly played by the Iranian government’s propaganda. Like Pinkerton, I was also surprised that the crew of a British naval ship were so easily surrounded and captured by several small Iranian boats.

On the most important points, however, Pinkerton was flat wrong: The sailors’ cooperation with their Iranian captors was perfectly appropriate and could easily be the reason that they were released unharmed.

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