Hostages released on Iranian terms

Thank God the British hostages were released without harm, but God help us, because they were released on Iranian terms. The Iranians learned two things through this incident I think we’d all be better off had they not:
1) The EU can’t protect its citizens
2) Engaging in illegal behavior brings with it no consequences

Arguably, they already knew number two, since so far supplying weapons to kill American soldiers in Iraq has gone unpunished. I would not want to be among the next hostages taken. The next hostages are likely to be treated far worse, and I imagine they will probably be executed. Iran has no reason now to stop trying to become a nuclear power, either.

It looks to me like there will be hell to pay.

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