Skip to comments.Ottawa shutters embassy in Iran, expels all Iranian diplomats in Canada
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 Tehrans 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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Apparently, Canada has balls that Obama’s America has shriveled with cowardly incompetence.
Here’s hoping the Romney Administration will have the same testicular fortitude.
Canada is moving in exactly the opposite direction of the US.
Good on, Canada!
Sounds to me like they’re pulling their people out of the way before the bombs start falling...
Could this mean they know Israel will attack soon?
Harper is friendly to Israel.
Someone got the heads-up, imho, that it was advisable to get the peeps out.
You will know an attack is imminent when the Russians and Chinese start leaving Tehran for “consultations”.
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.
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.
That's because the only 'huevos' Obama has are the ones he 'piddles' with on the golf course.
I may be wrong, but the US has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1970’s. All discussions go through back channels.
Jimmah Catah and his traveling hostage crisis was the end of the US Embassy in Iran
precursor to something?
Well, Canada has Harper and we’ve got Obama. That’s a huge difference.
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!
God Bless Canada!
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.
OBAMA ADMIN CUTS MILITARY PARTICIPATION WITH ISRAEL, INCREASES PARTICIPATION WITH MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
Great! Good for them!
This could be a precautionary measure preparing for Iran being hit in October.
“Canada has also designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.”
“Apparently, Canada has balls that Obamas 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.
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.
Could be, but it could also be due to the fact that the Iranian embassy has been sponsoring a lot of subversive activities here.
The 1980 “Canadian Caper”
Yes, I remember that well. The whole affair gave me very positive feelings towards Canada.
Harper has intelligence, strength, fortitude and strong leadership skills. Obama has none of the above.
Obama has been weak and indecisive throughout the Iran controversy. He is also no friend of Israel and supports the PLO.
And unlike Obama's Amerika, Canada may directly and publically aid Israel in the conflict...
That’s gonna hurt The Nobel Peace Prize winner in the upcoming elections...
Exactly the first thought I had as I read the article.
The Canadian goats are safer now./s
I do wonder if something is up.
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.
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.
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.
ping to #40
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.
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.
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.
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....
“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.
Thank you so much for sharing your insights, dear FARS!
Thanks Squawk 8888.
Thanks Squawk 8888.
Thanks for the ping.
Wondering about the Canadian action taken today. What do they know that we don’t?