A third letter has been written by Faye Turney, the female lead sailor belonging to the 15 strong British crew currently residing at the pleasure of Mr Ahmadinejad in Iran, the Guardian reports. British tabloids have barked in horror at her being â€˜forcedâ€™ to wear a headscarf while appearing on Arabic TV telling an international audience that they were indeed trespassing in Iranian waters.
She tried bravely to hide her nervous agitation but her constanting pulling on a cigarette kind of gave it away.
The latest letter, which is addressed to the British people, says that they are receiving better treatment than Iraqis received in Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison, referring to the abuse scandal of 2004.
So we can be assured that, when off camera, the crew members are not being forced to remove their clothes and form a human pyramid while photos are taken with a hijaab wearing woman pointing at them and smoking an Indonesian cheroot.
Hereâ€™s an excerpt from the letter:
â€œThe Iranian people treated me well and have proved themselves to be caring, compassionate, hospitable, and friendly. For this I am thankful.
I believe that for our countries to move forward, we need to start withdrawing our forces from Iraq, and leave the people of Iraq to start rebuilding their lives.
I have written a letter to the people of Iran apologizing for our actions.
Whereas we hear and see on the news the way prisoners were treated in Abu Ghrayb and other Iraqi jails by the British and American personnel, I have received total respect and faced no harm.
It is now our time to ask our government to make a change to its oppressive behavior towards other people.â€
Itâ€™s a grave situation, so grave that Jon Stewart deals with it in typical Daily Show fashion, by addressing the Iranians directly over at camera three.
This Daily Show bit also provides an interesting insight into how the British are still perceived in the US.
â€œWe all known Britain seems gayâ€, says Jon at one point, â€œBeckham seems their most masculine man.â€ And he canâ€™t pronounce Norwich. He calls it Knorr-Witch. This is weird, because the Daily Show team contains a British man, John Oliver who compounds the clichÃ© by appearing sipping tea and offers Jon â€˜crumpetâ€™.
Hugh Green, over at Most Sincerely Folks, also tells us how this is not surprising.