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Ottawa shutters embassy in Iran, expels all Iranian diplomats in Canada
National Post ^ | September 7, 2012 | Stewart Bell

Posted on 09/07/2012 8:04:38 AM PDT by Squawk 8888

Canada severed all diplomatic ties with Iran on Friday, citing a long list of grievances including Tehran’s military assistant to the Syrian regime, rogue nuclear program and threats against Israel.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement that Canada had closed its embassy in Tehran and that all remaining Iranian diplomatic personnel in Canada had been declared personae non gratae.

“Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days,” Minister Baird said.

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TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; harper; iran; ottawa
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1 posted on 09/07/2012 8:04:43 AM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; Cannoneer No. 4; ...

Canada Ping!

2 posted on 09/07/2012 8:06:24 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: Squawk 8888

Apparently, Canada has balls that Obama’s America has shriveled with cowardly incompetence.


3 posted on 09/07/2012 8:06:27 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Squawk 8888

Here’s hoping the Romney Administration will have the same testicular fortitude.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 8:06:31 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Squawk 8888

Canada is moving in exactly the opposite direction of the US.
Good on, Canada!


5 posted on 09/07/2012 8:09:20 AM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: Gaffer

Sounds to me like they’re pulling their people out of the way before the bombs start falling...


6 posted on 09/07/2012 8:10:24 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: Squawk 8888

Could this mean they know Israel will attack soon?


7 posted on 09/07/2012 8:10:31 AM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
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To: vanilla swirl

Harper is friendly to Israel.

Someone got the heads-up, imho, that it was advisable to get the peeps out.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 8:13:24 AM PDT by section9
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To: vanilla swirl

You will know an attack is imminent when the Russians and Chinese start leaving Tehran for “consultations”.


9 posted on 09/07/2012 8:13:44 AM PDT by allendale
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Maybe so. Regardless, Obama will lead from behind except when it comes to America’s responsibilities to Israel.

With this President, Israel is on its own. I hope its attacks on the Iranian genocide machine are successful. If they aren’t and Obama’s America betrays Israel, it may likely escalate and show the Iranians what a nuke really is.


10 posted on 09/07/2012 8:15:04 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Squawk 8888

This is a very Topsy-turvy world in which we live where Canada has a set huevos and we lost ours in 2008. Although we don’t currently have diplomatic relations with Iran, our government is pathetically groveling before the mullahs to reestablish them. Boy, this is a very sad time in our history.


11 posted on 09/07/2012 8:15:37 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas
......has a set huevos and we lost ours in 2008

That's because the only 'huevos' Obama has are the ones he 'piddles' with on the golf course.

12 posted on 09/07/2012 8:17:23 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Squawk 8888

I may be wrong, but the US has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1970’s. All discussions go through back channels.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 8:19:20 AM PDT by liege (I'll pay more for tomatoes...or lettuce.)
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To: Gaffer
Apparently, Canada has balls that Obama’s America has shriveled with cowardly incompetence.
I agree...I wonder; IF pRes__ent O'Bozo has "standing orders"...
regarding Israeli Air Recon. & bombing attacks..(knowing O'Bozo)..
he'd stop the Israeli / warn the Iranians.
"enemy of my enemy; is my friend."

14 posted on 09/07/2012 8:23:45 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: liege

Jimmah Catah and his traveling hostage crisis was the end of the US Embassy in Iran


15 posted on 09/07/2012 8:24:46 AM PDT by wrench
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To: Squawk 8888

precursor to something?


16 posted on 09/07/2012 8:26:59 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Squawk 8888

Well, Canada has Harper and we’ve got Obama. That’s a huge difference.


17 posted on 09/07/2012 8:33:25 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Gaffer

Yep. If memory serves, it was Canada that smuggled some of our Embassy staff out of Iran during the hostage crises, when Jimmy Carter was Pres. Time for another salute to Canada this evening, with a bottle of Seagram’s VO Canadian Whiskey!


18 posted on 09/07/2012 8:33:56 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Squawk 8888

God Bless Canada!


19 posted on 09/07/2012 8:37:55 AM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Squawk 8888

A hot and heavy war simulation between Canada and Iran didn’t turn into the expected nail-biter at the ole’ wargame club.

Turn 136: HMCS Goose Bay is still in the St. Lawrence. Tehran issues a scathing communique.


20 posted on 09/07/2012 8:42:33 AM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: Squawk 8888

Meanwhile...

OBAMA ADMIN CUTS MILITARY PARTICIPATION WITH ISRAEL, INCREASES PARTICIPATION WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/05/Obama-Admin-Cuts-Military-Participation-With-Israel-Increases-Participation-with-Muslim-Brotherhood


21 posted on 09/07/2012 8:44:03 AM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Squawk 8888

Great! Good for them!


22 posted on 09/07/2012 8:50:52 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Squawk 8888

This could be a precautionary measure preparing for Iran being hit in October.


23 posted on 09/07/2012 8:53:09 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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“Canada has also designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Yay


24 posted on 09/07/2012 8:56:20 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Gaffer; ASA Vet; BIGLOOK

“Apparently, Canada has balls that Obama’s America has shriveled with cowardly incompetence.”

We have had no embassy in Iran, since Jimmy Carter gave the Iranian Islamofacists permission to take over and trash our embassy and to imprison our staff until the night before Ronald Reagan was sworn in.

This move has nothing to do with balls.

It is a precautionary move to get their people out of Iran before Israel destroys Iran, the day after our election.


25 posted on 09/07/2012 8:57:36 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

The timing makes me inclined to agree. Last time we broke ties with Iran was cover to smuggle out some trapped Americans. Our PM took some flak for it because the embassy closure was announced during an election campaign.


26 posted on 09/07/2012 8:57:51 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: GeronL

Could be, but it could also be due to the fact that the Iranian embassy has been sponsoring a lot of subversive activities here.


27 posted on 09/07/2012 8:59:15 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- now the REAL work begins!)
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To: 3Fingas

The 1980 “Canadian Caper”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper


28 posted on 09/07/2012 9:00:21 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

Yes, I remember that well. The whole affair gave me very positive feelings towards Canada.


29 posted on 09/07/2012 9:11:05 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: driftless2

Harper has intelligence, strength, fortitude and strong leadership skills. Obama has none of the above.


30 posted on 09/07/2012 9:38:19 AM PDT by Corporate Law
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To: Corporate Law

Obama has been weak and indecisive throughout the Iran controversy. He is also no friend of Israel and supports the PLO.


31 posted on 09/07/2012 10:04:12 AM PDT by PBRCat
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To: vanilla swirl
Could this mean they know Israel will attack soon?

And unlike Obama's Amerika, Canada may directly and publically aid Israel in the conflict...

32 posted on 09/07/2012 10:06:33 AM PDT by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Squawk 8888

That’s gonna hurt The Nobel Peace Prize winner in the upcoming elections...


33 posted on 09/07/2012 10:33:09 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan

Exactly the first thought I had as I read the article.


34 posted on 09/07/2012 10:40:49 AM PDT by miele man
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To: PBRCat
He [Obama] is also no friend of Israel

Obummer isn't even a friend to the US...
35 posted on 09/07/2012 11:27:40 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Squawk 8888

The Canadian goats are safer now./s

I do wonder if something is up.


36 posted on 09/07/2012 11:55:07 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Squawk 8888; All; Spunky; ~Kim4VRWC's~; ~Peter; 1035rep; 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; 4woodenboats; ...

Back in Iran in as late as 1978/79 Alan and I were good friends with Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor.

He was a tall, gangley man with athletic undertones, who in formal diplomatic circles was known for favoring sports clothes and an informal attitude with his friends. Really good man and a staunch friend. Respected by those who knew him - or he allowed to know him as he could be understandably reticent with what he knew and did.

Again, really great guy.


37 posted on 09/07/2012 4:34:11 PM PDT by FARS (Be Healthy, Happy and Thrive!price.)
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To: Squawk 8888
First thing that occurs to me is does Canada know something we don't? Perhaps Iran's nuke program is nearing its closing act and Canada’s getting her folks out of harm's way.
38 posted on 09/07/2012 4:43:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: FARS

So, you must know that after the Iran caper, because of security reasons, his access to foreign postings was severely limited. He was posted to New York because the government was afraid the Iranians would try and kill him.


39 posted on 09/07/2012 4:47:14 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Squawk 8888; Cronos; cradle of freedom; no-to-illegals; nuconvert; Eleutheria5; Fred Nerks; All

This is truly Great news, well done Canada & Harper govt.

You may want to check out this blog on regular basis. http://shiro-khorshid-forever.blogspot.com.au/

The blogger is a Canadian Criminal Defence Lawyer & a Pro Democracy Activist of Iranian descent. She has been active for a number of years now, speaking publicly against the Iranian Islamic Regime, and very active defending dissidents, particularly those belonging to ethnic socalled minority grps in Iran, who have been subjected to Iranian Regime’s brutality.

Apart from her most recent entry about Canada’s suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran, other noteworthy entries are on July 15 2012 (CANADIAN BANKS Should Shut Down the Accounts of All Individuals Affiliated with the Islamic Regime in Iran) - and June 10 2012 (Reformist Event with Mojtaba Vahedi Turned Into an anti-Islamic Regime Protest).

However, personally, I do not agree with this specific statement in her last blog entry stating: “while Iranians welcome any efforts to isolate the Iranian Regime politically they would strongly condemn any foreign military interference in Iran!”

I believe those who have property & family in Iran fear for them in the case of military action, and the topic is up for debate & naturally is politically extremely sensitive. There is no clear consensus among exiled Iranians. Although most recognize that unless force is applied, the Mullahs’ regime is there to stay. If/when force is applied, it is also recognized that it will get extremely ugly, all around. But they need to just bite the bullet on this, imo.


40 posted on 09/07/2012 5:41:19 PM PDT by odds
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To: FARS

ping to #40


41 posted on 09/07/2012 5:47:39 PM PDT by odds
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To: odds

Canada doesn’t want a repeat of 1979. If the Iranians get bombed, their government is going to unleash the mob on foreign embassies. it’s prudent to get the people out now.


42 posted on 09/07/2012 6:23:31 PM PDT by littleharbour
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To: odds; All

You are completely right that the Iranian populace would NOT turn against the west. I posted tnis in a recent post where Alan at Anti-Mullah received Emails from inside Iran as far back as 2004 and 2006 asking the WEST to BOMB the Mullahs regardless of the collateral loss of life of civilians - as long as it took out the clerics.

Just as Odds says, opposition comments came from the clerics themselves or various Iranians with family and property which might get damaged.

Disinformation from the Mullahs and those at personal risk.


43 posted on 09/07/2012 6:40:25 PM PDT by FARS (Be Healthy, Happy and Thrive!price.)
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To: section9

Harper has been very supportive of Israel - I believe he was given whatever information he needed.

I was just talking about this tonight at my daughter’s - I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of an attack in about a week.


44 posted on 09/07/2012 7:46:50 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: JudyinCanada

Only way anybody’s going to hear about an attack on Iran is AFTER it occurs, JMHO.

Our Clown Posse in the WH and their buddies have blown so many of the IDF’s plans already that they’d be more likely to call Tehran and tell them directly before they’d drop a hint to ANYBODY in the US “gummint”.....

....and I’d call ‘em fools if they did anything different.

Canada, OTOH....well, they’re just taking normal precautions in dealing with a bunch of unstable lunatics in Tehran.

I just hope they don’t someday have to do the same with us....


45 posted on 09/07/2012 8:14:19 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet
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To: 3Fingas

“This is a very Topsy-turvy world in which we live where Canada has a set huevos and we lost ours in 2008.”

We lost them in 2001 when Bush II gave his Islam is a peaceful religion speech. Obozo just expanded on the idiocy.

What he should have done was ship ever damn Muslim out of America or interned them in detention camps pending extradition to the Islamic paradise of their choice - even the one with the 99 virgins if necessary.


46 posted on 09/07/2012 8:27:44 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: FARS

Thank you so much for sharing your insights, dear FARS!


47 posted on 09/07/2012 9:00:39 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Squawk 8888.


48 posted on 09/07/2012 10:01:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Squawk 8888.


49 posted on 09/07/2012 10:02:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: FARS

Thanks for the ping.

Wondering about the Canadian action taken today. What do they know that we don’t?


50 posted on 09/07/2012 11:00:18 PM PDT by thecodont
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