The Iranians have again demonstrated they deserve the status of “rogue state.” They earned that status by sponsoring terrorist organizations, especially Hezbollah and Hamas, and by implementing a project to develop nuclear weapons so they could fulfil President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s dream of wiping Israel off the map.
On Tuesday, Iranian protesters shouting “Death to England” stormed the British Embassy in a protest against the U.K.’s new economic sanctions against Iran’s nuclear energy program.
After defying Iranian security forces to illegally enter the British compound and a diplomatic residence in Tehran, an angry mob tore down the British flag, smashed windows and defaced walls. They also set a vehicle on fire and detained briefly six members the embassy’s staff.
Iran has a clear duty under international law to protect foreign diplomats and their offices on its soil. According to a New York Times report, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was “fanciful” to imagine that these attacks could have taken place without “some degree of regime consent” from the Iranian authorities.
I agree. There’s little doubt in my mind that this latest outrage was state-sponsored—Ahmadinejad is an odious little man.
Within hours of the incident, Britain closed its vandalized embassy, deepening Iran’s international isolation. Britain has also withdrawn its diplomats and ordered the Iranians to do the same at their London mission.
Iran still has friends of a sort, though. China, Russia and Syria—possibly some other Arab and former Soviet “–stan” republics—in the East and certain South/Central American nations such as Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua, perhaps Brazil, seem still capable of finding common ground.
One can’t help noticing the poor human rights records of most, if not all, these nations—truly, birds of a feather flocking together.
© Russell G. Campbell, 2011