Iranians attack British Embassy in Tehran, Keeps working on Nuclear Program despite Escalating World Opposition
Week in Review
The Iranians have attacked the British embassy in Tehran. Something like this hasn’t happen since the Iranians attacked the U.S. embassy in Tehran. That’s the problem with a rogue regime. They go rogue (see Storming of British Embassy in Iran: This rabid rogue state could tip the world into a new dark age by Michael Burleigh posted 12/2/2011 on Mail Online).
That rampaging mob of ‘students’ storming the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday, lobbing petrol bombs, ransacking the building, burning the Union Jack and threatening to hold hostage terrified members of staff inside the compound, was a deeply worrying spectacle for those of us who have studied the Iranian regime over the years.
The mayhem followed a vote in Iran’s parliament to downgrade diplomatic relations with Britain – a response to the tough new financial sanctions imposed by London last week over Iran’s nuclear programme, after the International Atomic Energy Authority warned that Iran is getting ever closer to building a bomb.
These protesters were clearly orchestrated by the Iranian regime, for the mayhem could never have taken place without sanction in a country where secret police stalk the streets, torture is endemic, criminals are executed in public and foreign embassies are closely guarded and monitored.
Far from being students, many of the thugs involved were elite members of Iran’s paramilitary Basiji brigades, a hard-core volunteer outfit under the control of the country’s Revolutionary Guards, who answer to the country’s top cleric, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran plays by no rules but their own. Embassies are supposed to be sovereign soil. Iranian territory ends at the walls of the British Embassy. Just as British territory ends at the walls of the Iranian embassy in Great Britain. This is sacrosanct in the international community of nations. And here the state has orchestrated an attack on a foreign embassy. This isn’t diplomacy. This is the action of a rogue state.
So why did the Iranians do this? Because they’re pissed. No one is buying their story of why they are going nuclear. They say it’s for energy. But they also have said they want to remove Israel from the map. Which happens to be another use for nuclear technology. Weapons. And mass destruction. So the international community of nations is starting to pull away from Iran. Apply sanctions. And a few other things.
As President Ahmadinejad said recently: ‘All our banking operations, all our trade, all our purchases and sales, all our agreements are being monitored and blocked’.
The truth is that the country’s nuclear ambitions are under siege as never before.
Israel’s intelligence agents are ruthlessly assassinating Iran’s top nuclear scientists one by one, while sabotaging the country’s nuclear processing plants using cyber-warfare and explosives placed by double agents – only this week there was a huge unexplained explosion at a nuclear facility in the city of Isfahan.
The Israelis are in survival mode. Because they know what what’s going to happen if Iran gets a nuclear bomb. They’re going to use it. And they know where. All that Iranian talk about hating Israel and wanting to incinerate it kind of telegraphed their intent.
The kind of behaviour we are witnessing in the attack on the British Embassy is all too frighteningly reminiscent of the day in November 1979 that so-called students burst into the U.S. Embassy, demanding that America surrender the exiled Shah, who was being treated in the U.S. for cancer.
The Supreme Leader of the day, Ayatollah Khomeni, endorsed the ‘students’, who settled down to a government-licensed siege, with U.S. diplomats held hostage in harrowing conditions for 444 days.
The young Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now president, was one of the hostage-takers.
That’s right. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the thugs that violated U.S. sovereign territory back in 1979. Once a thug always a thug. Only he’s now the head of state. And may shortly have access to nuclear weapons.
Indeed, many believe that Iran’s behaviour is so outrageous, and its nuclear capability now so dangerous, that a military strike is the only option left to the international community to bring the renegade nation into line.
Israel is already considering such action against Iran’s three main nuclear facilities, which are hundreds of miles apart: a Russian-built-and-staffed light water facility at Bushehr; a major underground uranium plant at Natanz; and two water facilities at Arak to convert uranium dioxide into weapons-grade plutonium…
The Iranians have threatened dire consequences if such an attack took place, including firing long-range ballistic missiles, thought to be more accurate than the Scud missiles Saddam Hussein launched against Israel during the first Gulf War.
They are also likely to retaliate against any neighbouring state that allows Israel to fly through their airspace towards Iran, including Turkey and Iraq.
They may risk attacking U.S. forces stationed in Iraq or the nearby Gulf states, sucking the U.S. directly into the conflict. Significantly, only the U.S. military has the necessary firepower to deal with Iran’s formidable military machine.
If the U.S. was dragged in, Iran would not only engineer conflagration in the Middle East.
It has also threatened to cut off oil supplies from the region by unleashing Chinese Silkworm missiles or suicide-bomber boats against tankers in the Straits of Hormuz, the world’s vital oil lifeline.
Industry experts calculate this would instantly send the price of oil soaring three times its present price to $300 or more a barrel – which would be even more catastrophic for our ailing economies than the unresolved eurozone crisis.
The Arab Spring is heading into winter. ‘Moderate’ Islamists are winning elections. That means these countries, one time friends and allies of the United States, are becoming more Islamist. More like Iran. It’s going to become harder and harder to isolate Iran in the Middle East when she gets more friends and allies throughout the region. Which is going to make it easier for Iran to follow through on these threats. So what do we do? Trust Iran and do nothing while they develop and use a nuclear device? Or strike now and risk a conventional war?
Something has to be done. While Barack Obama has tried to play nice to our enemies the world has become a more dangerous place. Obama has failed. He just doesn’t get it. The only thing our enemies respect is brute force. And the will to use it. So far he has shown the will to kill from a distance with drones and Special Forces. Or invade a country that is no threat to U.S. security interests. Where there was little chance of losing an extended military engagement. So as not to alienate his antiwar political base. But will he attack Iran to save vital U.S. security interests from nuclear attack? Will he take that political risk? Especially when all of this is happening in an election year?
Only time will tell.
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