Canada Closes Embassy in Iran

labrea_gwSeptember 7, 2012

Hey whats up guys! I only know what I read!

Here is a link that might be useful: Oh Canada

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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Harper is struttin' again.

Likes to pretend he's a big boy every so often, plays like some symbolic gesture is going to show the world that he means business.

Like anyone would even notice that Canada closed an embassy somewhere?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 7:58PM
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chase_gw

I'm no fan of Harper....not even close , but this was the right call . I give him credit for doing it.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 8:14PM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

I don't think so.

In terms of getting diplomats and staff out of harms way... perhaps. But that's only if Canada feels sure that something is about to go down.

But cutting off a diplomatic, non-military conduit should be nothing but a LAST resort. By isolating Iran like this, it's just another step in pushing war against Iran.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 8:29PM
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chase_gw

On this we disagree......now how we going to 'splain that to Heri?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 8:37PM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Oh shoot, you're right.

Maybe tell him that one personality is trying to gain independence from the other personality? That we are on the verge of a total psychotic meltdown?

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 8:49PM
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labrea_gw

Thank you!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 12:50AM
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labrea_gw

Is this preparation in anyone's mind for the next step towards war with IRAN!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 11:03AM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

General Dempsey has once again let Israel know that he does not support an attack on Iran. Is Netanyahu willing to go it alone? I don't think he has much support even in his own country.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 11:18AM
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hamiltongardener(CAN 6a)

Perhaps, Labrea. And I have read speculation that we are getting our staff out of the way in anticipation for that.

Keep in mind that it isn't usually the MO of the Canadian government to close embassies as "punishment" or to make a statement.

Historically, Canada uses it's embassies as an open communication line even during conflicts. During the Iranian hostage crisis, the Canadian embassy acted as a communication line between Iran and the USA, and to safeguard and smuggle American citizens out of Iran. Closing an embassy pre-emptively signals to that country that we are not willing to use diplomatic measures or have open communication. That is not a usual Canadian path, but it IS typical of our current Prime Minister, who is always looking for a pat on the head from an American President.

But, there is always a chance that we have strong reason to believe that either Israel or America is getting ready to have all hell break loose in Iran.

Prime Minister Harper is a strong and vocal supporter of Israel. It wouldn't surprise me if Israel was gearing up to start something with Iran, that the Canadian government would get wind of it and are moving our staff out under this pretense.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 11:25AM
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