Video: Canada cuts ties with Iran, closing embassy in Tehran

posted at 3:31 pm on September 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Does Canada know something about Iran and Israel the rest of us don’t? More than a couple of Hot Air readers posed that question after Canada announced that they would cut all diplomatic ties with the Iranians and pull their embassy out of Tehran. In fact, all of their diplomatic personnel had already left by the time the announcement was made, and Canada ordered any remaining Iranian diplomats to leave Canada as well. However, the Harper government insisted that this was not prompted by any inside information on Israeli or Iranian intentions, but on the continuing intransigence on the mullahcracy’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and unnamed but multiple violations of Vienna Convention rules on treatment of diplomats:

Canada has placed Iran on its list of state sponsors of terrorism and has shut down its embassy in Tehran, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.

Baird, speaking to reporters ahead of the opening of the annual summit of Pacific nation leaders here, said the skeleton Canadian Embassy staff in Tehran has been withdrawn for their own safety.

Canada is also expelling all Iranian diplomats in Canada.

“Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” Baird said. “The government of Canada is formally listing Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Baird said the federal government is also officially warning Canadians not to travel to Iran.

“We feel that it’s no longer safe to have representatives of the government of Canada in Tehran,” Baird said.

The most intriguing part of the Canadian complaint is “repeated violations of the Vienna Convention which governs diplomatic relations between most countries of the world”.   Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations has been established since 1961 under the auspices of the UN, and goes into detail on the treatment of diplomats, missions and consulates, and communications.  It’s safe to say that a number of countries routinely violate this in petty and significant ways; the US and the Soviet Union had its fun with Article 27, which gave missions and consulates a guarantee and protection of “free communication” and the “inviolab[ility]” of official correspondence during the last three decades of the Cold War.

Either Canada threw this in to give a comprehensive approach to severing ties — diplomatically the most extreme act short of war itself — or the Iranians have become very aggressive in these violations.  That wouldn’t come as a surprise, since the mullahs conducted the worst peacetime violation ever seen of Article 22 in 1979 by sacking the American embassy and taking diplomatic personnel hostage for 444 days.  Canada heroically rescued a handful of Americans who managed to slip away in the initial confusion by assigning them Canadian passports and false identities through the Tehran embassy they’re closing now, and sneaking them out of the country.  Obviously nothing that egregious has occurred recently, but Baird specifically mentioned the safety of diplomatic personnel in Tehran.  Considering the Iranian track record, it’s a wonder that any country feels safe having diplomatic personnel in the Iranian capital, especially these days.

Diplomatically, the Canadians have traditionally been seen as reasonable and humble.  It takes a great deal to offend them to the point of severing diplomatic ties.  If this has no connection to potential action by Israel, it will certainly embarrass the Iranians in the short run, and make it more difficult for them to tell their oppressed subjects that their foreign policy isn’t producing the isolation that most of them see with their own eyes.


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…but we can work with them…just takes TIME!

KOOLAID2 on September 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

They won’t be around to rescue any kidnapped Americans this time around.

They must have good reasons to leave and it’s a warning to others.

Ayah-tole-you-so…

Drained Brain on September 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The most intriguing part of the Canadian complaint is “repeated violations of the Vienna Convention which governs diplomatic relations between most countries of the world”.

…you know that does not bother JugEars!

KOOLAID2 on September 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Better late than never I guess…..

Cyhort on September 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Kinda of a shame that Harper and Canada show more fortitude than “O”.

GoodAg77 on September 8, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Frankly I have NO idea why anyone of sane mind would have an embassy in iran, egypt, syria, or any other rop type country? They are not nice people!
L

letget on September 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Harper has a pair.

Guess who doesn’t.

rockmom on September 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

That tiny country ??
What did it do Canada ?

burrata on September 8, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Good for Canada! When an important player on the world stage dumps the arse of a pissant little tin-pot dictatorship, the strutting little rat fink has dome something wrong in a big way.*

(* Note: Fourth-grade playground words are used only to avoid the HA ban hammer *S*)

Liam on September 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

They won’t be around to rescue any kidnapped Americans this time around.

They must have good reasons to leave and it’s a warning to others.

Ayah-tole-you-so…

Drained Brain on September 8, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Yeah, only about 33 years late, but …

Better late than never I guess…..

Cyhort on September 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

IrishEyes on September 8, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Not a good omen.

BobMbx on September 8, 2012 at 3:52 PM

“How dare Canada call us a hostile regime, we’re going to kill them for that insult!”

Rebar on September 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

of course they would do this. they dont have barack 0bama. he can bring anyone around to his side.

chasdal on September 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“How dare Canada call us a hostile regime, we’re going to kill them for that insult!”

Rebar on September 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“Silence! I keel you!”
Achmed, the Dead Terrorist

Liam on September 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Hmmmmm….maybe Canada has a better relationship with Israel than the US and knows something. Not a good sign.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

than the US does, I meant

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 3:58 PM

meh, Iran whatev.

We’re using “smart power” on them. We’ve got Hillary, and Barack on the case so no worries.

What I want to know where I can get my free birth control and abortions?

PappyD61 on September 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

…..and that just proves that Harper is an Islamaphobe.

someone call the CAIR office stat.

PappyD61 on September 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

it will certainly embarrass the Iranians in the short run, and make it more difficult for them to tell their oppressed subjects that their foreign policy isn’t producing the isolation that most of them see with their own eyes.

You’re kidding right?!

Do you honestly think that a lie of that magnitude would cause Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, David Axelrod, David Gibbs, Jay Carney or any of the current crop of prominent democrats to even PAUSE in the middle of making such statements??

So, if it would be that easy for democrats to lie to American citizens HERE, at home, then what in the world do you think would stop Dinner Jacket or any of the leadership in Iran from doing so?!

KMC1 on September 8, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Those crazy neocanucks.

Robert Wright over at The Atlantic won’t be happy with this outrageous act.

He is unbelievable.

SteveMG on September 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Frankly I have NO idea why anyone of sane mind would have an embassy in iran, egypt, syria, or any other rop type country? They are not nice people!
L

letget on September 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Frankly, I agree with you.
B

bazil9 on September 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The Hmmmmmm……is strong with this story. Of course they will deny any “insider knowledge”, what else can they possibly say either way? Actual Iranians who have fled the regime think this is awesome news? Hmmmmmmmx2

Remember, Obama just recently let it be known that the US has “secretly” informed Iran that we would not be behind any Israeli strike.

This reminds me of an old joke. “I’d rather die peacefully in my sleep like my grandpa, not screaming in terror like the other passengers in his car.”

Mord on September 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM

What I want to know where I can get my free birth control and abortions?

PappyD61 on September 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

The People’s Republic of China, I think. I vote we give Sandra F. and her va-jay-jay brigade a one-way ticket.

It’s pretty sad when our leaders care more about this stuff than a possible Iranian war, at least publicly.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Canopfor’s operations center must be humming with activity. Looks like Defcon 3 right now.

SparkPlug on September 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Better break out the B9 bombers. Things are tense over there.

SparkPlug on September 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

“The current government of Canada under the leadership of Mr Stephen Harper is known for extreme policies in the domain of foreign policy,” Mehr news agency quoted Mehmanparast as saying.

I gather that would be our unequivocal support of Israel, the only western nation who has declared it. And I suppose that could be viewed by all the other proto-betrayers of Israel to suspect that da Joooos are tipping off their only friends in the world on what’s up.

BL@KBIRD on September 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ugly

Ugly on September 8, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Better break out the B9 bombers. Things are tense over there.

SparkPlug on September 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

:)

bazil9 on September 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Frankly I have NO idea why anyone of sane mind would have an embassy in iran, egypt, syria, or any other rop type country? They are not nice people!
L

letget on September 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Frankly, I agree with you.
B

bazil9 on September 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Ditto that.

GrannyDee on September 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

It does indeed sound like a bad moon is rising. I wonder if things are going to pop-off before or after Nov 6. Could be an even more tense couple of months ahead of us than expected. Mitt & Bibi seem pretty tight though. I wonder if he’s being kept in the loop.

WhatSlushfund on September 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I wonder if he’s being kept in the loop.

IMO, Bibi is giving Mitt heads up where he does not trust bho? Bet they had a nice chat when Mitt/Ann was in Israel about things here in the US with bho?
L

letget on September 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Better break out the B9 bombers. Things are tense over there.

SparkPlug on September 8, 2012 at 5:00 PM

:)

bazil9 on September 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM

(:->)

KOOLAID2 on September 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

IMO, Bibi is giving Mitt heads up where he does not trust bho? Bet they had a nice chat when Mitt/Ann was in Israel about things here in the US with bho?
L

letget on September 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I suspect you may be correct. And you know the US military, by and large, must not be big fans of O. For all we know, Mitt may know more about the situation than O at this point. Could be a wild ride.

WhatSlushfund on September 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I’m damn proud to be a Canadian today.

Alberta_Patriot on September 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

If this has no Even if this has a connection to potential action by Israel, it will certainly embarrass the Iranians in the short run, and make it more difficult for them to tell their oppressed subjects that their foreign policy isn’t producing the isolation that most of them see with their own eyes.”

Fixed that for you.

Ira on September 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Canada cuts ties with Iran, closing embassy in Tehran

That’s really not good…

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Steel in his spine. No wait, that’s supposed to be our guy.

Kissmygrits on September 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Israel act before the election. October Surprise for Barry, from Bibi with love.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Bibi might suppose that since the Dems hate Israel and cry about it all the time, he might as well give them something to cry about.

Lord knows that miserable liberals love to cry and whine.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Oh crap.
This means that if Israel attacks, Pres. Obama will be forced to support his friends and invade Canada.

mechkiller_k on September 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Oh crap.
This means that if Israel attacks, Pres. Obama will be forced to support his friends and invade Canada.

mechkiller_k on September 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Frenemies.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Canada remembers sheltering the Americans who were outside the American Embassy when it was stormed, they then snuck them out with Canadian Passports. At the time, Americans were very grateful, apparently everyone has forgotten what a real ALLY can do in a pinch.

bigmike on September 8, 2012 at 7:43 PM

That’s true, Big Mike. I wish Barry would be kinder to our friends instead of emboldening enemies.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Nice not to be able to view video posted by HA (yet again).

No matter. I will find it somewhere else.

Sherman1864 on September 8, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Superstar Killer meets justice. Quiet enrichment in Iran.

No less a challenge than considering the future effects or ramifications of current events is identifying which events are truly significant.

Some seemingly small activities and happenings are often later found to resemble the frozen ice which met the Titanic.

I fear that the much ballyhooed execution of Bin Laden may closely resemble the killing of John Dillinger it July of 1934. He was certainly a terror and criminal threat to our fledgling system of commerce, if not justice.

At about the same time, August 2 1934 to be exact, Paul Von Hindenberg died in Germany and Hitler was able to make a major consolidation of power. Diplomatic attempts to prevent the rearming of Germany had been failing for years. With that death, we had a fascist in charge of a resurgent military power.

IlikedAUH2O on September 8, 2012 at 9:15 PM

When one more embassy leaves Tehran you’ll know to start buying food and oil company stock.
http://visabc.com/embassy_locate_in/iran

diogenes on September 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

When one more embassy leaves Tehran you’ll know to start buying food and oil company stock.
http://visabc.com/embassy_locate_in/iran

diogenes on September 8, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I’m going to call France as the next country to flee.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Iran goes for the MSNBC demographic: Canadians are racist!!!11!!!

And the Iranians have been helping Islamic Shiite crap-disturbers here.

andycanuck on September 8, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Thank God for the Canadians, our great ally to the north. It would be classy for President A$$hole to recognize Canadian quick thinking, but we know what a sonvab!tch he really is.

I’ve come to expect less from this jerk0ff.

DevilsPrinciple on September 8, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Obama Campaign advisor, David Axelrod,Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the move was a “continuation of anti-Iranian policies” by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, which hccuseas long had poor relations with Tehran.

“The current government of Canada under the leadership of Mr. Stephen Harper is known for extreme policies in the domain of foreign policy,” Mehr news agency quoted Axelrod Mehmanparast as saying.

“The hostile behavior of the current racist government in Canada in reality follows the policies dictated by the Zionists (Israel) and the British.”

DevilsPrinciple on September 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Michelle has one.
Barack is one.

Perhaps Canada has a ‘pair’ to loan.

TimBuk3 on September 8, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I’m going to call France as the next country to flee.

Philly on September 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM
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The Canadians left for the right reasons, the French, we shall see.

diogenes on September 8, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Canada is also expelling all Iranian diplomats in Canada.

“Canada views the government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today,” Baird said. “The government of Canada is formally listing Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

Baird said the federal government is also officially warning Canadians not to travel to Iran.

“We feel that it’s no longer safe to have representatives of the government of Canada in Tehran,” Baird said.
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As a Canadian……………”F***ing *A*”!!!!!!!!!!!

Were not Leading from Behind………………….

Were Leading from Memory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on September 9, 2012 at 12:23 AM

The Canadians definitely rang the alarm for the rest of us. Seems they are taking the Israelis seriously. Too bad our own government won’t acknowledge this situation, only to tell the Iranians we will not be involved.

Philly on September 9, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Oh crap.
This means that if Israel attacks, Pres. Obama will be forced to support his friends and invade Canada.

mechkiller_k on September 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

On the bicentennial of the War Of 1812?! Of course, I’m sure Obama knows what happened last time the US tried that, it didn’t work out very well for the US. Of course Obama has made a career out of repeating actions that haven’t worked out well in the past…

I continue to be impressed by our Prime Minister, between his strength in dealing with foreign powers, and the fact that our country has weathered the recession far better than any other G7 country.

Johnny 100 Pesos on September 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM

In solidarity with the Canadian government, I am also closing my Kevin embassy in Tehran.

Kevin M on September 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

And then there’s this coincidence:


Ahmadinejad to address UN on Yom Kippur

BemusedMalkinite on September 10, 2012 at 3:06 AM


Coincidence Number Two:

The Patriot anti-missile systems scheduled for what was to have been the biggest joint US-Israel anti-missile drill in October will remain packed in tarpaulin because they come without crews; even one – much less two – Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships may not be dispatched to Israeli waters; and the number of US servicemen sent over for the annual exercise is to be cut by more than two-thirds to 1,500….(Netanyahu) could demand a retraction from the White House of the damaging comments by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey denigrating Israel’s military ability to seriously damage Iran’s nuclear program and his statement: “I don’t want to be complicit if they (Israel) choose to do it.”


Coincidence Three

Russian naval vessels have unexpectedly departed the Syrian Mediterranean port of Tartus and Russian arms shipments to Syria have been suddenly discontinued. DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal that those and other steps indicate that the Russians are rapidly drawing away from the Syrian arena to avoid getting caught up in the escalating hostilities expected to arise from military intervention by the US, Europe and a number of Arab states. Russian intelligence appears to have decided that this outside intervention is imminent and Moscow looks anxious to keep its distance for now.


Coincidence Four

Egypt is now releasing dozens of jailed Salafist gunmen in batches every few days, so feeding the Islamists a steady supply of reinforcements. Cairo is also in negotiation with Bedouin tribal elders to grant a body of 6,000 Al-Qaeda-linked Salafi gunmen the status of an approved, independent militia. Armed with up-to-date Egyptian weapons, this militia is to be charged with responsibility for maintaining security in the peninsula.
This may be a neat way out for Egypt and let the Morsi government off the hook of grappling with the violent Islamist networks infesting Sinai. But it leaves Israel squarely face to face with a whole new terrorist outfit which has the freedom to choose between operating in the service of Al Qaeda or Cairo – or playing both sides.

BemusedMalkinite on September 10, 2012 at 3:19 AM