I have just watched the press conference with the 7 freed Navy personnel and the follow up one-to-one interviews.
I'm left with a deep loathing for the Iranian thugs who put them through what was clearly a tough psychological ordeal. The fact that Faye Turner was told that all the others had been sent home and she was on her own says everything you could ever need to know about Ahmendinijad's regime. They were held in solitary confinement in stone cells with no beds. They thought at one stage they were about to be shot, having heard the sounds of cocked guns. They were only ever allowed to see each other when they were shown live on television.
It's also quite clear that they - and the military in general - are very angry at those who have questioned their actions and the fact they did not fight back. It's hard to see what alternative they had. I hope the media now loeaves them alone so they can spend time with their families before returning to their duties.
It's difficult to see now how we can have proper diplomatic dialogue with the Iranian regime. This incident was executed to a pre-ordained plan. Whatever they hoped to achieve by it in the world's media has been shattered this afternoon. Iran has shown itself up to be a rogue state. It's now up to the Iranian people to get rid of this despotic and evil regime. We should give them every help and encouragement.