Following the Iranian mob attack on the British Embassy in Teheran on Tuesday, Great Britain has withdrawn its embassy staff and ordered the Iranian Embassy in London to close immediately and has demanded that all Iranian staff leave Britain within 48 hours.
This is tough action, but the attack in Teheran was clearly not prevented by Iranian authorities but allowed to continue, with fire-bombings that started fires in the main buildings, looting of staff residences, destruction of furnishings in the Ambassador’s home, and stealing of British documents and other items.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said of the attack:
"This is a breach of international responsibilities of which any nation should be ashamed….We should be absolutely clear that no difficulty in relations can ever excuse in any way or under any circumstances the failure to protect diplomatic staff and diplomatic premises....Iran is a country where opposition leaders are under house arrest, more than 500 people have been executed so far this year and where genuine protest is ruthlessly stamped on….The idea that the Iranian authorities could not have protected our embassy or that this assault could have taken place without some degree of regime consent is fanciful."
Hague thanked those European and Arab nations that offered assistance to British Embassy staff following the incident. British citizens still in
will be supported by other EU missions there. Iran
According to CNN International, The Netherlands is the latest European nation to recall its ambassador to
Iran for consultations on Wednesday, following the lead of France and . Germany
The French Foreign Ministry said it was recalling its Teheran envoy, "given this blatant and unacceptable violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the severity of the violence."
The Iranian charge d'affaires in
Paris has been called upon "to reiterate 's condemnation and to remind the Iranian authorities of their obligations," the ministry said in a statement. France
Dear readers, it is too early to tell if
is seriously escalating its battle with the rest of the world or if it started a demonstration that simply got out of hand. Either way, the world community is in no mood to accept Iran’s bullying actions and the government in Iran, whether it is President Amadinejad or the Ayatollah who is actually in charge - and there is concern that neither may be totally in control, needs to offer assurances for the future if it has any hope of remaining in the international community of nations. But, with the war that seems to be raging between the religious and secular factions governing Iran , assurances may be weak at best. Iran
The already tense situation caused by
’s insistence on continuing its nuclear program has now gotten even more tense. It is one of those times when any small spark could ignite the region and lead to full scale war. Iran