By Hamid Yazdan Panah
This past week the regime in Iran resorted to one of its most tried true techniques, taking hostages in order to pursue political ends. The regime detained 10 American sailors aboard two vessels in the Persian Gulf. The soldiers were held, paraded before cameras and used for propaganda purposes before they were released. The arrest and release was cited by some in the West as a departure from the regimes past behavior, and an indication of a “new era” with respect to the recent nuclear accord, yet the political theater put on by the regime was nothing more than business as usual.