oxymoron wrote:Iran was given independence by Britain.
Absolutely not true. Britain often meddled with Iran's internal affairs - in particular bribing politicians who were willing to protect its interests - but Iran never was a colony like most other countries in the region were.
oxymoron wrote:Thus controlling it and by the grace of Britian they got their independence back.
"By the grace of Britain" ... don't make me laugh. The Britains sucked the blood (read: oil) out of Iran at the expense of the Iranian people. The US simply took over (that is, until 1979) because Britain was an empire in decline. They couldn't topple Iran's government in 1953 without substantial help from the US.
As for this whole incident, I guess those Iranian boats reacted a little overzealous, you know, like the USS Vincennes reacted a little overzealous when they shot down an Iranian civilian airplane.
Anyway, is it only a coincidence that this incident happened to occur just a few days before president Bush's first visit to the Middle East to forge an anti-Iranian alliance?