The Iranians grabbed the tiger by its tail (by capturing the Brits), humiliated it by swinging it around a bit, and then let it go before there was a huge response by US-lead West. This has emboldened Ahmadinejad and popularized his tactics. Without an effort equal to what was done against Iraq a few years ago, something Bush cannot do given the mess in Iraq, I think we will simply have Iran as a nuclear power in a few years.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Who's the boss in Tehran?