Thursday, November 30, 2006

Will Canadian diplomats be the next "guests" of the ayatollah? 


The federal government has taken steps to ensure the safety of the Canadian embassy in Tehran after Iranian legislators called it a den of spies and demanded it be shutdown.

You always have to be worried when Iranians start complaining about your "den of spies." The Canadians therefore have good reason to be afraid, although one is forced to wonder what they have done to "ensure the safety of the Canadian embassy." The first step is to get past the Friday afternoon sermons.

Actually, I think the odds are fairly low that Ahmadinejad's government would nail the Canadians -- they have been on what passes for a charm offensive in recent months, so why mess it up with a nasty hostage crisis? Still, the radicals must hold a grudge from 1980, when the Canadians smuggled some Americans out of Tehran right under the beards of the mullahs. If they imagine that a new crisis with the West would serve their purposes, it would be an easy decision to attack Canada.


By Blogger Purple Avenger, at Fri Dec 01, 04:43:00 AM:

If they want the Canadians gone, the Canadians should sanitize whatever needs sanitizing in the embassy and just leave after giving any Canadians in Iran two weeks notice that they stay at their own risk.  

By Blogger Georgfelis, at Fri Dec 01, 07:35:00 PM:

It is a whole different world since the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Back then, a group forcing themselves into the Embassy was treated the way airline hijackings were handled, just talk to the invaders, let them state their demands, get press coverage, and they go home and everybody watches it on the nightly news. I think an Embassy invasion now would be treated with a bit more gunplay, even from the Canadians.

By the way, read “Guests of the Ayatollah” by Mark Bowden. Recommended.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Fri Dec 01, 08:49:00 PM:

The seizure of the American embassy, though organized, was not carried out by a nation-state so much as an orderly mob.

Embassies maintain extra-territoriality; the Canadian embassy in Tehran is considered part of Canada. Canadian laws prevail, and armed intrusion by the agents of a foreign power would be invasion. If Iran wants to get rid of the Canadian embassy, all they have to do is break relations and expel the diplomats. It's their country, after all. Raiding it, however, is an act of war.

Not that I think Canada would do anything about it, but it would probably cause a big international fuss.  

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