Well, now that the hostages are on their way home, perhaps this idea from a Samizdata contributor can be put into cold storage.
"Blair should offer an apology through the UN to secure their release.
As soon as the servicemen are free he should issue another statement revoking his apology.
The Royal Navy should then mine all Iranian ports and destroy Iran's major cities through the use of the Royal Navy's cruise missiles. The British government should order the immediate construction of 5 Nimitz aircraft carriers and make all Royal Air Force Typhoons flight-deck compatible.
The Typhoons should then systematically reduce the rest of Iran to rubble."
Arthurian Legend is off to Barcelona for Easter.
"Once back here I got to thinking - 'how do I get out of this?' Perhaps the really haunting spectre is that I would have to turn my back on the lake, and the prospect of the sword." Alan Clark, Diaries - 19th May 1999