They seem to like that sort of thing.

The Times – EU refuses to back Britain over call to threaten exports freeze Blair is left to make a statement of disgust after the airing of another video from captured British troops

European foreign ministers failed last night to back Britain in a threat to freeze the €14 billion trade in exports to Iran, as the hostage crisis descended into a propaganda circus.

Tony Blair could only issue a new statement of disgust as Iran tormented him with another sailor’s video confession and a fresh letter from the young mother detainee. …

EU foreign ministers meeting in Germany called for the sailors to be freed but ruled out any tightening of lucrative export credit rules. The EU is Iran’s biggest trading partner. British officials are understood to have taken soundings on economic sanctions before the meeting but found few takers.

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(You know what I think, I think there’s no way the Europeans could be so stupid, but I do think they could be so craven, and I think they’ve figured out what’s in that Der Spiegel in the previous post, and they’re putting the knife to Britain because they want Britain to have to bomb Iran to get them all out of the situation they’ve put themselves in. I mean, Israel was supposed to have done this back during the fall (remember all the editorials “Oh no uncontrollable Israel is going to bomb Iran!”) but Iran’s still ticking away with its nuclear program and not even the usually-reliable Americans (soon after the fall “Oh no the uncontrollable Americans are going to bomb Iran!”) have done anything.) (So that’s my conspiracy theory for the day.)