It looks like there is a backlash brewing over the conduct of the British sailors taken captive by the Iranians. As tales of exceptionally good treatment leak out (replete with getting "goody bags" from the Iranians), the whining about thin sheets they had to sleep on, and confiscated iPods begin to chafe - especially when at the same time 4 British soldiers were killed in Iraq. Here's a conservative perspective, with interesting discussion later on: http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/david_cox/2007/04/shameless.html#comment-520229 "The Sun, the now officially approved disseminator of British military information, notes that navigator Arthur Batchelor was "tormented" by being called "Mr Bean". Understandably, he had to cry himself to sleep. Perhaps President Ahmadinejad feared that the goody bags might just prove a step too far. But no, they were gratefully received, in a response that aptly captures the infantilisation of a people that once ruled much of the world. Navigator Batchelor has however since complained that the quality of his own bag's contents was not what he had hoped."