"We can play this in two ways: by not making a big fuss and denying Ahmedinijad what he wants. He may then try and escalate the situation and will shoot himself in the foot or quietly release the staff. Or the EU could escalate this massively with a real threat of war very quickly..."
When I stopped laughing I reflected that Captain Mainwaring had the phrase for this :
"No, no ... I think you're getting into the realms of fantasy again here, Jones ..."