Canada’s Latest Iranian Caper

Do the Canadians know something that we don’t? The Ottawa government abruptly announced on Friday that it was closing its embassy in Iran after removing its remaining diplomats from the country for their own safety. Now, don’t leap to conclusions. The move is apparently unrelated to growing speculation that Israel might be about to bomb the Iran’s nuclear installations, despite instant reaction of one quoted Iranian community leader in Canada that it represented “immediate sign of attack on Iran.” When John Baird, the Canadian foreign minister, announced the embassy closure, in margins of an Asia-Pacific conference in Russia, spokesman quoted him as saying: “Unequivocally, we have no information about military strike on Iran.” So, why now? Mr. Baird said the decision, coupled with announcement expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada, reflected Ottawa’s view Iran represented a significant threat to world peace. As he explained, Tehran supported Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president; it refused to comply with United Nations resolutions on its nuclear program, and it regularly threatened Israel. So, to repeat, why now? Mr. Baird linked his fears for safety of Canadian diplomats to an attack on British embassy in Tehran, but that was 10 months ago. Iranian authorities apologized at the time but the British pulled out anyway. Canadian diplomats used to be more intrepid. In 1979, they risked life and limb to help six U.S. diplomats evade capture by hostage-taking militants in Tehran in what became known as the “Canadian caper”. Kenneth Taylor, former Canadian ambassador who masterminded the “caper”, said on Friday he was surprised by the decision to withdraw diplomats from Iran and said there were ample reasons to maintain a Canadian presence. “I don’t see the rationale at this moment,” he said. So, what is Ottawa up to? 1. Canada, in line with the strategy of its U.S. and European allies, is stepping up the diplomatic pressure on Tehran to bow to international demands on its nuclear program; 2. Canadian government wants to send a signal to Russia, host of Asia-Pacific summit in Vladivostok, that it opposes Moscow’s supportive stance towards Syria and Iran; 3. The Canadians know something that we don’t. Permit me a moment of déjà vu. In April 1980, British security services discovered by chance U.S. administration of President Jimmy Carter was planning a military operation in Iran to rescue American hostages held there. The U.S. administration was furious about the leak and swore the British to secrecy. British quietly removed their diplomats before the fatal day. The U.S. rescue mission went ahead. It was a disaster. That’s another story… (source: Harvey Morris – NYTimes – 09/09/2012)

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2 Responses to Canada’s Latest Iranian Caper

  1. Professor Uziel Nogueira says: Canada breaking diplomatic relations with Tehran is puzzling for reason and timing. The motives mentioned by Canada’s foreign service are not entirely convincing. As far as the intriguing ‘why now? ” question –for one that does not believe in coincidences — there is one possibility not mentioned in the article, Canada is somehow INVOLVED, directly or indirectly, in a future military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. Breaking diplomatic relations ex ante prevent possible retaliations against Canadian diplomatic personnel posted in Tehran. This hypothesis raises more questions than answers about Canada’s real intentions. For example, why Canada -usually a cautious country in foreign relations – would be be involved in a military strike against Iran? What kind of benefits can Canada get from such risky operation? For now, Canada’s action and intentions are not clear enough to raise a plausible hypothesis. Who knows? before the US presidential election in November these questions might be answered.

    http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/08/canadas-latest-iranian-caper/

  2. Disgruntled: Outside israel, canada has the world’s second-largest jewish population, after america and just ahead of france. it votes, and more importantly, it contributes heavily to political (and media) campaigns. before anyone starts barking anti-semitic labels at me, those are facts…i’m just sayin’…

    http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/08/canadas-latest-iranian-caper/

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