While feeling no affection for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s governing regime, we can note that Tehran is shaken by Canada’s decision to close its embassy in Iran. <See CBC report on how this move delighted Israel: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/09/09/harper-iran-apec.html >
Cutting off relations as a protest is one thing — and Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been very much a “pro-Israel” politician on the international stage. But could this be the traditional move to protect your diplomats by pulling them out of a city that is about to be bombed? The English-language Tehran Times < http://tehrantimes.com/opinion/101368-what-happened-canada > notes that Canada’s government denies getting any advance information from Israel or the United States about war being imminent. That newspaper, operating under government strictures in Iran, then adds a remarkable observation: that without Canadians in Tehran, Western intelligence will be losing some eyes and ears there.
It would be too cocky or light-hearted to say that the West, including Israel, probably has plenty of eyes and ears there.
Here is part of what the Tehran Times wrote:
In a surprise step, on Friday Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada was severing diplomatic relations with Iran by closing its embassy in Tehran, and ordered the closure of the Iranian embassy in Ottawa along with the expulsion of Iranian diplomats. This step, of course, aligns Canada more closely with the U.S./Israeli position on Iran. Commenting on the announcement, which came from the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific conference in Vladivostok, the Canadian foreign affairs minister offered the following rationalizations for the abrupt action by his government:
1. Iran’s support for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad;
2. Iran’s alleged “dishonesty” in its dealings with the IAEA over its nuclear dossier;
3. Iran’s support of Hezbollah, Hamas, and other resistance organizations deemed terrorist by the West; and
4. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s allegedly inflammatory rhetoric directed at Israel.
While the main reason touted by Baird for the hasty diplomatic measure was concern over the safety of Canadian diplomats in Tehran after the so-called assault on the British Embassy there in November 2011, others feel this may be a sign that a U.S.-sanctioned attack on the Islamic Republic is imminent. Presumably attempting to quell such speculation on foreknowledge of an impending Western-instigated attack on the Islamic Republic, the Canadian foreign minister remarked, “Unequivocally, we have no information about a military strike on Iran.”