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Iranian riot police stand guard as protesters gather outside the British embassy in Tehran

Iranian riot police stand guard as protesters gather outside the British embassy in Tehran Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Regardless of the fact the IAEA report was a complete flop the PTB are trudging forward with exactly the same agenda because they will not be stopped. The internet is aflutter:  EU to slap new sanctions on Iran’s officials and firms. Nothing shocking here.

Here’s the NYT today, announcing Britain Closes Embassies, Iran’s Isolation Could Complicate Nuclear Issue.

Britain’s government withdrew its diplomats from Iran on Wednesday, ordered Iran to close its embassy in London and gave Iranian diplomats a 48-hour deadline to leave Britain, officially downgrading relations with Iran to the lowest possible, short of a formal break.

We’re a little behind on covering the storming of the UK embassy in Tehran so let’s do some catching up. Big event. On Tuesday Iran protesters attack UK embassy in Tehran . Here is a brief summary from the Guardian.

• Dozens of Iranian protesters forced their way into the British embassy in Tehran, tearing down the Union flag and throwing documents from the windows. They also pulled down a picture of the Queen and burnt an embassy vehicle, as well as US, Israeli and UK flags. The protesters said they wanted to shut down the embassy. Protesters also targeted Gholhak Gardens, a British diplomatic compound in north Tehran that has been a source of contention between Iranian and UK officials over its ownership. Both of the protests have now ended.

• The UK foreign secretary, William Hague, said he held the Iranian government responsible for failing to protect the embassy, despite Tehran’s expressions of regret for today’s events. The foreign office advised British nationals in Iran to stay indoors and keep a low profile after the attacks. The Iranian foreign ministry said it regretted the events and was committed to the safety of diplomats on its soil but Hague said it “remains a very serious failure by the Iranian government”.

• The semi-official Fars news agency said six UK embassy staff were rescued by police after being held hostage by the protesters who it described as “self-motivated university students”. The UK foreign office would not comment directly but Hague said that all staff had been accounted for.

• Clashes between police and protesters were reported at the UK embassy. One protester was in a critical condition, according to Fars. It said several protesters and police officers were injured. Police used teargas to try to disperse protesters. Some were reportedly arrested at Gholhak Gardens.

6.10pm GMT / 1.10pm EST: The UK’s foreign secretary, William Hague , has issued a strong statement on Iran. He said all embassy staff are accounted for but his anger has clearly not been mollified by Iran’s expression of regret for today’s events…

So, that explains why the UK kicked out the Iranian embassy staff today.

And now the fun begins, hot off the press: UK embassy attack orchestrated by Iranian authorities: sources. Huh? what sources?

The storming of the British embassy in Tehran was not staged by a group of students expressing their indignation at UK policies, but was rather orchestrated by the Iranian authorities, sources said on Wednesday.

According to the sources, the attack was planned under the auspices of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and supervised by Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of the Basij paramilitary forces.

Photographs that depicted the attack on the embassy showed that a special force affiliated with the Basij, in addition to the other regular Basij troops, took part.

Other photos showed that revealed that members of al-Quds brigade also took part in the attack.

The sources added that two official channels broadcast the storming of the embassy live. The channels were Press T.V. and al-Alam News Network, both directly controlled by Khamenei.

Of course, why didn’t I think of that? It makes perfect sense that because the storming was captured live on networks controlled by Khamenei they ordered the storming of the embassy, or not.

Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, described the attack on the British embassy as an “unwise step,” while the statement issued by the Iranian Foreign Ministry labeled it “unacceptable.”

Meanwhile, the authorities arrested youths involved in the attack and sent 22 of them to court.

As a wrap, following up on his earlier article , Craig Murray reported “Gould-Werritty Plot Finally Mainstream” on Sunday. From the Independent Liam Fox, Adam Werritty, and the curious case of Our Man in Tel Aviv.

 ”Our Man in Tel Aviv” would be UK’s Matthew Gould, ambassador to Israel and the UK’s ex ambassador to Tehran. Craig Murray today:

“The importance of the Fox-Gould-Werritty scandal is that it lifts the lid on the fact that the move to war with Iran is not a reaction to any street attack or any nuclear agency report. It is a long nurtured plan, designed to keep feeding the huge military industrial war machine that has become a huge part of the UK and US economies, and whose sucking up of trillions of dollars has contributed massively to the financial crisis, and which forms a keystone in the whole South Sea Bubble corporate finance system for servicing the ultra-rich. They need constant, regenerative war. They feed on the shattered bodies of small children.”

Gould, Fox and Werritty were plotting with Israel to further war with Iran over years. The Werritty scandal was hushed up by Gus O’Donnell’s risibly meagre “investigation” – a blatant cover-up – and Fox resigned precisely to put a cap on any further digging into what they had been doing. I discovered – with a lot of determination and a modicum of effort – that Fox, Werritty and British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould had met many times, not the twice that Gus O’Donnell claimed, and had been in direct contact with Mossad over plans to attack Iran. Eventually the Independent published it, a fortnight after it went viral on the blogosphere.

Speaking of spies, I recommend Robert Fisk for an excellent history lesson: Sanctions are only a small part of the history that makes Iranians hate the UK

Anyway, the Iranians trashed us yesterday and made off, we are told, with a clutch of UK embassy documents. I cannot wait to read their contents. For be sure, they will soon be revealed.

Last but not least, a little comedy via Michele Bachmann:

Did Michele Bachmann have her “oops” moment?:

In light of the British Foreign Ministry pulling all U.K. nationals out of the British embassy in Tehran after students stormed the building in protest, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told a crowd in Waverly, Iowa, today that she would close the U.S. embassy in Iran.

One small, tiny note: The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Tehran since 1980.

Even I knew that, Michele.

Annie Robbins

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  1. Walid on December 2, 2011, 12:58 am

    Annie, if Syria has Russian supersonic land-to-sea cruise missiles since 4 or 5 years, you can guess what the Russians have been supplying to Iran. All the chatter about Israel hitting Iran is PR BS.

    • pabelmont on December 2, 2011, 8:54 am

      OTOH, USA and Israel really messed over Iraq, airplanes and anti-aircraft and all. These 2 war-machines are “veddy, veddy” modern and love the chance to prove it to the world (and to themselves and us). So I’m not sure that Iran or Syria can protect itself against USA or Israel, or make a second strike. Perhaps we’ll see. If USA/Israel back down, it might mean that they are not as sure of themselves with Iran as they were with Iraq.

      But I can imagine a fleet of armed drones flying low and invisible (and immune, just as Israel and USA like it) and “taking out” Iran’s radar installations in a massive first strike that leaves Iran helpless. And remember: armed drones, like reconnaissance drones, are fairly new and there hasn’t been much time for Iran or any other country to create defenses to them.

      • Chaos4700 on December 2, 2011, 9:38 am

        Iraq’s military capacity, I think, was nowhere near what Iran’s is now, and even it had been, the Iranian military possesses something that Iraq’s never had: unity and discipline.

        The drones have MAJOR vulnerabilities. I’m surprised nobody’s figured that out yet.

      • Taxi on December 2, 2011, 9:55 am

        Iran has it’s own drones that it manufactures itself. And hizbollah already has a stockpile of iranian drones. Everyone’s got drones.

        Remember last July when Iran shot down a US drone over the Iranian city of Qom?

      • lysias on December 2, 2011, 11:45 am

        Iran is right across the Caspian Sea from Russia, and has a land border with Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaidzhan, Armenia, Turkey, Iraq, and Kuwait. Even if a U.S./UK coalition succeeds in occupying Iran — which would probably require something like a million boots on the ground — you’re just going to get Vietnam ten times over. Think of how easy it would be to resupply Iranian resistance forces from across the borders.

      • annie on December 2, 2011, 8:01 pm

        i don’t think they could ever successfully occupy iran lysias.

    • annie on December 2, 2011, 10:10 am

      All the chatter about Israel hitting Iran is PR BS.

      well, it has led to sanctions and i imagine they are pushing for an oil embargo. from the first link:

      EU ministers said in a statement: “The council agreed to broaden existing sanctions by examining, in close co-ordination with international partners, additional measures including measures aimed at severely affecting the Iranian financial system, in the transport sector, in the energy sector.”

      Correspondents say foreign ministers failed to agree on an oil embargo against Iran because some EU countries are dependent on Iranian oil

  2. radii on December 2, 2011, 1:00 am

    The “uprising” against the UK embassy in Iran was a weird one indeed – just look at the middle-aged men of military comportment that make up the bulk of the “protesters” … and look at the bad acting – the lackadaisical energy to their “protest” … what was the Iranian leadership thinking when they set this up? Were they after some “smoking gun” document to prove British complicity in an unnecessary attack on Iran? (as if that would matter – Niger “yellowcake” was totally discredited and the Iraq war went ahead anyway). Did they just intend to make a mockery of the whole run-up to war (I doubt they lack that subtlety)? What was the goal of that?

    • annie on December 2, 2011, 9:48 am

      radii, i am not sure the Iranian leadership set this up. emphasis on ‘or not’:

      It makes perfect sense that because the storming was captured live on networks controlled by Khamenei they ordered the storming of the embassy, or not.

      this ‘new’ (unsourced) allegation could be part of an extended campaign. i really don’t know but it seems to me if the iranian government wanted to kick out the UK embassy they would have simply asked them to leave. this doesn’t really lend itself to their regular MO, imho.

      • DBG on December 2, 2011, 10:11 am

        Sourced or not, if the storming was live, it means that the state controlled media was tipped off. Live video recordings, especially by the state runned media, are only authorized by Khamenei.

      • annie on December 2, 2011, 11:05 am

        yeah, it’s pretty clear the gov was tipped off. i figured that out when i saw the photo (like the one above) with all those police.

        there’s a leeeetle difference between being tipped off and orchestrating the attack.

  3. ToivoS on December 2, 2011, 2:44 am

    That the Iranian government failed to prevent this attack on the British embassy is a major failure on their part. Perhaps it was a spontaneous act or possibly something that was orchestrated by the bajids (sp?) makes no difference. This is exactly the kind of provocation that the forces for war in the West desire and the Iranians gave them an excuse. This seems to be a major signal that important forces inside Iran actually want war. If Iran or powerful factions within their government want war, then they have have a dancing partner here in the West and Israel that are willing to tango.

    We should not excuse what is going on inside Iran. I am afraid that they have a war party much as despicable as those inside the US, UK and Israel. This will not end well for the rest of us.

  4. Chaos4700 on December 2, 2011, 2:54 am

    It’s unfortunate that the media is trying to blame the Iranian government for the actions of student groups. And frankly, the UK earned this ire by heeling when the US tells them what to do.

    Not that long ago, a number of British military personnel were captured after having ventured into Iranian waters. They were released almost immediately. That isn’t going to happen any more, and it’s Britain’s fault for following us along on their leash on Iran, just like they have with Iraq.

    What I don’t get is why the British vote for these sort of clowns for Parliament. I thought you guys had better choices than we do over here, we only have two and one is basically the diet version of the other flavor.

    • Bumblebye on December 2, 2011, 6:58 am

      Chaos, generally we do have better choices. However, there is a core of neocons within who look across the Atlantic for their political vision- most especially in the Conservative party. The privatisation of everything types.
      I was listening to a senior member of the LibDem (junior coalition member) party, Menzies (Ming) Campbell attempting to explain the hostility to Iran yesterday. According to him, a lot of the concern is that if Iran successfully builds nuclear weapons capacity, there will be a rush for other Arab countries to do so, most particularly the fear being of Saudi Arabia going for its own bomb.
      Personally, I think the West should have been making all sorts of peaceful/friendly overtures to Iran over the past decade, which would have been in our and their better interests.

      • lysias on December 2, 2011, 11:48 am

        If you’re afraid of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, the obvious solution is to push for a nuclear-free Middle East, as Iran has repeatedly been urging.

    • FreddyV on December 2, 2011, 9:09 am

      Sadly, our politicians are so similar that ‘diet version’ analogy doesn’t even have merit.

  5. MRW on December 2, 2011, 4:17 am

    Annie. Good for you. Great report. Frankly, this will be one of the few places on the web where you will get the truth other than the Leverett site, and Craig Murray’s. Annie is telling the truth here, sports fans.

    • annie on December 2, 2011, 11:20 am

      thanks MRW, speaking of one of the few places on the web, wrt iran i would also recommend:

      in fact, b’s coverage of iran’s 6/09 election and the aftermath was some of the best on the internet. the comment section was completely overrun with trolls trying to counter act his analysis and the site became so slammed he shut it down for a long long time.

      it’s available on the front page month by month archives links.

      • MRW on December 2, 2011, 9:11 pm

        Yeah, forgot about him. I used to read all the time too.

  6. Taxi on December 2, 2011, 8:08 am

    “The storming of the British embassy in Tehran was not staged by a group of students expressing their indignation at UK policies, but was rather orchestrated by the Iranian authorities, sources said on Wednesday.”

    You mean Iran is doing to the brits and yanks what the brits and yanks and israel did in Libya, Egypt and now Syria? You know, like planting foreign agitators in the midst of local protestors etc to inflame and instigate violence, hatred and civil unrest?

    By god how dare the iranians use western (colonial) ideas without copy-write permission eh?! Heh heh heh.

    • marc b. on December 2, 2011, 9:45 am

      taxi, how do we know that these ‘students’ aren’t yank-influenced? there is a long history of protest-for-pay in iran. there are likely factions in iran who are already preparing for the possibility of a transition to a post-khomeini future. all this nuclear iran hoopla is really about regime change, and as was the case in the shah to khomeini transition, there were many in the security services who moved easily from SAVAK to VEVAK.

      • annie on December 2, 2011, 10:00 am

        i agree marc, it is a possible, likely scenario. plus, the speed in which the UK reacted:

        Britain’s government withdrew its diplomats from Iran on Wednesday, ordered Iran to close its embassy in London and gave Iranian diplomats a 48-hour deadline to leave Britain, officially downgrading relations with Iran to the lowest possible, short of a formal break.

        this appears as a reaction, but what if they had wanted the iranian embassy out of the UK anyway?

        b asks

        And where was he, the U.S. and the UN with their “extremely serious” proclamations when earlier this year the Libyan embassies in Stockholm and Manila were stormed by a mob?

        good question.

      • Taxi on December 2, 2011, 11:40 am


        You know, any event that humiliates the british government is cool by me. If they’ve set this charade up then they’re dumb clowns and if they’ve not set it up then they’re still dumb clowns.

        Truth is, it’s way too late to mess with Iran, and the west and israel are really peeved that iran outsmarted them. Oh yeah the nasty mean west will keep trying to snatch the golden mantle from iran’s hands, but I reckon it ain’t gonna work. Cuz even if iran takes a big hit, it’ll still be iran tomorrow and even if the mullahs are ousted, usa and uk will still have to deal with angry secular iranians who will be insisting on maintaining and enhancing their rightful regional hegemony.

        And should that crazy mother effer israel go all out and drag the wicked west to war with it, there’ll be more loss than gain for the west and for sure a regional war that will create an exodus outta israel and a collapse of it’s economy and (swindled) statehood.

        Actually Iran and the arab spring will benefit from a stupid western/israeli strike – in the long run. Yes there will be casualties. But Apartheid israel will be the biggest loser in contemporary history.

  7. eGuard on December 2, 2011, 8:11 am

    The Fox-Gould-Werritty meetings, and the cover up by Sir Gus O’Donnell, is getting big. Both the cover up by MSM too, as the political topics shared between UK and Israel govts, about Iran.

  8. on December 2, 2011, 8:25 am

    My suspicion is that those” students” could be very easily paid and ecnouraged by “secret forces” to cause a riot in front of the British Embassy.
    Especially considering the fact the Wild West’s press is so quick to blame Iranian government. That kind of “incident” is a music for the western, mainstreamed corrupted press and politicians.
    Now they will have their “field” day to b*tch and moan, to kvetch and to be afraid of the big, bad Wolf named IRAN. Boo and hoo.
    And Michelle Buchman?? Who is she anyway??
    Maybe they should place her in a non-existing US embassy in Iran, so we do not have to deal here with her??

  9. on December 2, 2011, 8:47 am

    It is very important to know certain information that corrupted MainStreamMedia DO NOT REVEAL, and this info is VERY important in order to know, who is who in a current ,global Game of Chess.
    Here is a VERY,very interesting news :
    By Paul Watson
    “Al-Qaeda Terrorists Airlifted From Libya to Aid Syrian Opposition.

    The same Al-Qaeda terrorists who fought U.S. troops in Iraq and helped NATO overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are now being airlifted into Syria to aid rebels there topple President Bashar al-Assad.Libya’s transitional ruling authority has agreed to send weapons and fighters over to Syria to help the Free Syrian Army fight government forces.
    “There is something being planned to send weapons and even Libyan fighters to Syria,” a Libyan source told the London Telegraph, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There is a military intervention on the way. Within a few weeks you will see.”
    In a separate piece, the Telegraph also reports that terrorist commander Abdulhakim Belhadj, now head of the Tripoli Military Council, “met with Free Syrian Army leaders in Istanbul and on the border with Turkey,” after being sent there by Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the interim Libyan president.
    A rival Libyan rebel brigade detained Belhadj at Tripoli airport for traveling on a fake passport and threatened to jail him before Jalil stepped in to intervene.
    “Members of the Free Syrian Army on the borders of Lebanon and Turkey denied rumours circulating in Tripoli that “hundreds” of Libyans had tried to cross into Syria,” states the article, amidst other reports that Libyans have already been detained trying to infiltrate the country from the Turkish border.
    As we previously documented, Abdulhakim Belhadj is the former front man for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department. Belhadj was captured by the CIA in Malaysia in 2003 and extradited to Libya where Colonel Gaddafi had him imprisoned. Belhadj is a committed jihadist who fought with the Taliban against U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi also admitted that Belhadj’s LIFG fighters were the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, responsible for killing U.S. troops.
    A 2007 West Point report indicated that the Benghazi-Darnah-Tobruk area of Libya is a world capital for Al-Qaeda or mujahideen suicide bomber recruitment. Author Webster Tarpley details this intelligence in his excellent analysis piece, The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq. The West Point report detailed how the LIFG and Al-Qaeda had formed an “increasingly co-operative relationship”.
    Libyan rebels have gone on to impose a “reign of terror” across the country, throwing blacks in concentration camps while torturing and murdering thousands of others before imposing Sharia law. The official Al-Qaeda flag now flies high and proud above Libyan cities as armed gangs roam the streets.
    Following the fall of Tripoli, reports circulated that Libyan rebels had acquired a deadly arsenal of weapons, many of which are now on their way to Syria to aid in the overthrow of Assad.

    “Qatar and Turkey were reported to be airlifting “volunteers” from Libya to fight alongside the rebel Free Syrian Army, some also transporting weapons,” reports Israeli intelligence source DebkaFile.
    These terrorists have already been implicated in the killing of 10 air force personnel at a Syrian military base last week, even as the western media continues to characterize opposition fighters as “protesters,” just as they did with Libyan rebels who were commandeering fighter jets and firing rocket-propelled grenades.
    While being hailed as liberators and freedom fighters by the media, terrorists who killed U.S. troops and who are now throwing black Libyans in torture camps, are yet again going to be used as the vanguard of the next act of US/NATO middle eastern regime change, all carefully orchestrated under the smoke and mirrors of the contrived “Arab Spring”.
    In related developments, DebkaFile also reports that “Israeli armored brigades pushed forward up to the Lebanese and Syrian borders,” over the weekend, while US and Russian warships are now “in the midst of a naval buildup opposite Syrian shores.”
    As we reported last week, in an identical pattern to how U.S. warships surrounded Libya in the days before the NATO bombardment began, the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush was repositioned off the coast of Syria in recent days having moved from its usual theater of operations in the Straits of Hormuz.
    This followed reports that Russian warships carrying sophisticated missile defense systems entered Syrian territorial waters last week as a deterrent to any NATO-led assault.”

    • Chaos4700 on December 2, 2011, 9:42 am

      Ack. Do you have a link to the source of this article? I want very much to be skeptical about it, but really, doing so is actually difficult after all I’ve found out about US intervention in the Middle East since Truman.

      • Walid on December 2, 2011, 11:33 am

        Chaos, what you read here about al-Qaeda’s Belhadj was mostly posted here before by Annie. As to the other stuff, it’s obvious the Libya crowd is shifting to Syria with the help of the other NATO players providing the cash, the arms and the logistics. Even B-H Lévy has crawled from under a rock this week to get back into the Syria story and he’s dragging his pal Sarkozy along; think back to 2010 when Assad was Sarkozy’s guest of honour for the July 14 national day parade:

        From al-Akhbar:

        Influential French Zionist Bernard-Henri Levy, who played a key role in NATO’s intervention in Libya, is now hoping to repeat the same scenario in Syria.

        In a revealing installment of his weekly column Le Point magazine titled “Endgame in Syria,” French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy claims that Syrian opposition figures he’s in touch with are increasingly coming around to the view that military intervention, Libya-style, may be the only way to get rid of the regime in Damascus.

        He ends his article with a quasi-official declaration of war on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

        Levy, who bragged in his last book about the strong influence he has over French President Nicolas Sarkozy, confessed that the two conspired together to marginalize the French foreign ministry so that it would not impede NATO’s intervention in Libya.

        In his recent column, Levy reveals secret efforts he has undertaken in the past few months to convince Syrian opposition figures to support him in what he calls the “Gaddafi theory.”

        He argues that NATO intervention to overthrow the Libyan dictator has set a “precedent” in the 21st century for developing a new doctrine for toppling authoritarian regimes that shoot at their own people.

        Levy goes on to affirm that the Syrian regime will be toppled along the lines of the Libyan scenario, adding that all that is left in Syria is “the final scene which has not been completely written yet.”

        Levy, who is well-known for his Zionist views, revealed that his behind-the-scenes endeavor began six months ago with a meeting in London with former Syrian vice president Rifaat Assad.

        Perhaps this explains Rifaat’s surprise appearance in Paris last week to call on the Assad family to step down, and for the Syrian people to take up arms against the regime.

        Levy also confirms in his column that a number of Syrian opposition figures and military officers who have defected have told him in meetings and discussions he has held with them during the course of the uprising that they support “international intervention.”

        On the other hand, Levy says that “a nascent regional power called Qatar” is behind the latest Arab League initiative on Syria, which is part of a plan inspired by the “Libyan precedent.”

        Levy goes on to say: “As in Libya? Yes, as in Libya. It is the ‘Libyan precedent’ all over again. The same force, nay, the same forces producing the same effect. How do those involved not see it? What autism prevents Bashar Assad from understanding that the same coalition which toppled Gaddafi is coming together again to topple him?”

        The most interesting piece of information revealed in Levy’s article is how a number of Syrian opposition figures he talked to shifted their position towards supporting “international intervention.”

        “That had been a taboo until now. ‘Intervention’ was a word that ought not to be uttered. There were, even in France, Syrian opposition figures whom I met while preparing for a rally in solidarity with Syrian civilians this past summer who told me at the time that they would prefer to die than say the word ‘intervention’ or ‘international intervention’,” Levy wrote.

        “This is the reason why we did not do in Syria what we did in Libya. Not because of double standards. This ‘moral scandal’ has many reasons and justifications, first among them is that Syrian opposition figures, unlike their Libyan counterparts, not only did not ask for intervention, but often opposed it. Their views however are beginning to change. And this is the reason why the regime in Damascus is doomed,” he continued.

        “The war has been declared on Assad.”

      • lysias on December 2, 2011, 11:52 am

        Paul Joseph Watson’s article appeared on Nov. 28 on Infowars: Al-Qaeda Terrorists Airlifted From Libya to Aid Syrian Opposition. If you follow the link to his article, you’ll see his links to his sources.

  10. Woody Tanaka on December 2, 2011, 11:19 am

    “They also pulled down a picture of the Queen and burnt an embassy vehicle, as well as US, Israeli and UK flags.”

    Why would the UK embassy contain US and Israeli flags?

    • Chaos4700 on December 2, 2011, 11:34 am

      To be fair, it’s entirely plausible that that was a “Bring Your Own BBQ” situation. Although frankly, it wouldn’t shock me if flags from all three nations had equal display in the UK embassy, just like you see American and Israeli flags in equal display behind American politicians.

      • Woody Tanaka on December 2, 2011, 1:51 pm

        “To be fair, it’s entirely plausible that that was a ‘Bring Your Own BBQ’ situation.”

        Could be.

        “Although frankly, it wouldn’t shock me if flags from all three nations had equal display in the UK embassy, just like you see American and Israeli flags in equal display behind American politicians.”

        That doesn’t make sense to me. You see the Israelis flag behind American politicians in American when they are either with Israeli politicians or are pandering to Zionists in their constituencies. But neither of those things happen in Iran.

        So I can see why the UK government would have Israeli flags in the UK. Can you think of an occassion when the UK embassy would fly the Israeli flag, in Tehran?? I honestly can’t think of one.

      • lysias on December 2, 2011, 2:48 pm

        Maybe Matthew Gould left an Israeli flag behind when he left the UK embassy in Tehran.

      • Taxi on December 2, 2011, 3:11 pm

        Hahahaha! Good one lysias!

  11. MRW on December 2, 2011, 11:31 am

    Enter cynical me with an armchair view. My nose is twitching over all this.

    Is Britain the proxy for starting a war? The US and Israel have been all over Iran in the last two years with the Stuxnet virus, the killing of more nuclear scientists, and in-country incursions and reports of fomenting dissent. (There’s lots of press about this.)

    So, is it possible someone helped whip up the anger at the Brits for supposedly killing their scientists, and this was the trigger for the embassy hit?

    If Britain gets über-testy and wants to go to war, is this how we join?

    Keep your eye on western Pakistan, and the supply border with Afghanistan. If the US creates a condition because of our deteriorating relations with Pakistan, and the supply issue is raised as a national security issue for us, we might go into western Pakistan.

    If that happens, that will signal for me the start of a war with Iran. As Scott Ritter warned, entering from the west is suicide. Iran controls its southern ports. It’s protected by western Afghanistan (a guy on NPR 10 minutes ago described those borders as “steak knives,” 7-8,000 ft mountains), and in the north by a protected port, with the Russian Navy not far away.

    The only way into Iran is through western Pakistan, which has access to the sea.

    And cynical me thinks this Iran/Britain altercation is a distraction.

    • annie on December 2, 2011, 12:40 pm

      So, is it possible someone helped whip up the anger at the Brits for supposedly killing their scientists, and this was the trigger for the embassy hit?

      mrw, just last week, days before the embassy was attacked. the UK blocked iran’s banking system from operating in the UK as mentioned in this most recent wsj article:
      Senate Votes Unanimously To Sanction Iran Central Bank

      The vote is designed to persuade banks around the world to adopt economic sanctions similar to one announced by the U.K. to block Iran’s entire banking sector from the U.K. financial system. Such tougher sanctions prompted Iranian students to ransack the British embassy in Tehran this week.

      i recommend the article btw, this still has to pass the house but we’re heading in the same direction.

      WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to make it harder for Iran to gain access to the entire world financial system, aiming to choke off the country’s ability to process oil revenue

      • MRW on December 2, 2011, 3:08 pm

        Yeah, now that you mention it, I remember it. I’m still functioning on m iPad and don’t have access to my drives or backup info.

        All it does is confirm that the US neocons and Israel are going gung-ho for a war with Iran. They’ve just decided to use a different trigger. That’s why Ehud Barak just announced that Israel wouldn’t go to war with Iran ‘for the moment’.

        These fothermuckers in DC and their Israeli counterparts are evil, treacherous, and treasonous. Not to mention murdererous and beneath contempt.

    • Walid on December 2, 2011, 1:12 pm

      You can’t look at this on a country by country basis. It’s all tied together starting from Syria, to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan while sucking in Hizbullah. Flag burnings and embassy takeover in Teheran are tied to French military training Syrian insurgents inside Turkey and Lebanon. This afternoon, the Russian ambassador was treated in a very undiplomatic manner at the Doha airport. It’s a package deal.

      Le Nouvel Observateur and Le Canard enchaîné discussing the start of Libya II from inside Lebanon’s and Turkey’s borders. The news is from about 10 days ago and France hasn’t denied any of it :

      • annie on December 2, 2011, 2:07 pm

        google translate

        French intelligence officers were sent to northern Lebanon and Turkey with the mission to be the first contingents of the Syrian army deserters free grace who fled Syria says “Duck chained” from November 23. “Several members of the DGSE Action Service and the Special Operations Command (SOC) in Turkey are ready, if they are ordered to form these deserters to urban guerrilla warfare,” says the weekly.

        “A war against Bashar in between?” to question the “Duck”. “This is not to repeat what happened in Libya, confirming a high-ranking officer in the Directorate of Military Intelligence, adding,” but it was the French and British who made the initial contacts with rebels “.

        According to the weekly is a “limited intervention by NATO prepared” is planned. “Support for civil and military rebellion, presenting a resolution at the UN General Assembly, arms trafficking at the borders of Syria, contacts with Washington via the NATO … all issues under discussion between Paris , London and Ankara “says” Duck “.

        Resolution to the UN General Assembly

        Pressed on all sides, Bashar al-Assad is clinging to power and continues its relentless repression despite the ultimatum of the Arab League has already suspended the country.

        Since March 15, the beginning of the anti-regime, the repression caused the deaths of over 3500 people. The international community is divided on the Security Council for its support of China and Russia to Syria, failed to affect Assad.

        Tuesday, November 22, however, a resolution was adopted at the UN General Assembly condemning the “bloody repression”. A resolution welcomed by Paris.

        Alain Juppé has stressed in a statement how “this vote shows the strong mobilization of the international community to condemn the continuing grave violations of human rights committed by the Syrian regime to demand an immediate end to violence against civilians, to call on Syria to leave the commission of inquiry set up by the Council for Human Rights to work on the ground. ”

        CL – Le Nouvel Observateur

    • lysias on December 2, 2011, 3:01 pm

      Speaking of Western Pakistan, and Baluchistan (which consists of a large part of Pakistan but also southeastern Iran:

      Tarpley to Russia Today: CIA, MI6 behind terror attack in Iran’s Baluchistan region.

      Pakistan Observer: Obama’s new blueprint of covert warfare:

      Islamabad—Following the US defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Obama administration continues with its agenda of secret wars. The US administration is scheming against Pakistan. The next six months would be very crucial. The administration plans to repeat secret operation in Pakistan. It would time the next operation before the presidential election to boost the image of Barak Obama.

      The next target is Balochistan. In this connection, the CIA and MI6 assembled rouge elements from Balochistan and Sindh in London. They issued a highly objectionable statement against the Pakistan military and invited US and British troops to deploy in Balochistan and Sindh. Evidently, this provocative meeting and statement are part of the psychological warfare against the defiant military establishment.

      Kamikaze Baloch: Ayatollahs blame Mossad, CIA and MI6.

      Iranian oil is not in the southeastern province of Baluchistan, but on the other end of the country, in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

      • MRW on December 2, 2011, 3:23 pm

        Exactly what I was saying. You just have to look at a map. Also, I just heard from a friend overseas who spent four hours in a layover talking to a recently retired Brigadier General of the Pakistani army who said that the Pakistani military no longer trusts the US or any of its intelligence agencies, and the ordinary people have turned against Americans. He said the latter development was significant becauses the kids love American music and movies, but were turning off them. He said the US is breeding a generation in his country that are looking to the Chinese as honest brokers.

      • MRW on December 2, 2011, 3:24 pm

        Baluchistan is the only point of entry for US forces into Iran. Look at the map.

      • annie on December 3, 2011, 10:22 am

        Speaking of Western Pakistan, and Baluchistan (which consists of a large part of Pakistan but also southeastern Iran:

        baluchistan also includes southern afghanistan. look a the neocon ME map. the region of baluchistan is coveted because of gwadar.

        also check out U.S. Slave Regimes In the Middle East

        One of the measures the Pakistanis took after the deadly weekend U.S. bombing of their outpost was the immediate closure of the Shamsi airstrip in Baluchistan used by the CIA to launch drone attacks.

        there is a lot written about Baluchistan at that site. i will try to find some of it.

  12. lysias on December 2, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Greeks block EU bid to ban Iranian oil imports to choke funds to Tehran regime:

    Britain’s bid to introduce a European Union ban on Iranian oil imports was scuppered yesterday by debt-stricken Greece.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague had secured widespread support at an EU ministers’ meeting for tough sanctions to choke off vital funds to the rogue regime in Tehran.

    But Greece, whose catastrophic finances have left it teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and the Eurozone in meltdown, rejected the hardline crackdown

  13. ToivoS on December 2, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Trita Parsi has a pretty good analysis up at Huff Post on the internal Iranian politics at play in this embassy incindent.

    There are two war parties at play here — One in the West (neocon Israeli led) and the other in Iran. This is extremely dangerous. Those two working together may get their war that neither alone could do. It is just simple minded to just blame the British for this though they do deserve blame.

  14. DanMazella on December 2, 2011, 11:04 pm

    Mir-Hossein Mousavi who won the Iranian elections in 2009 is under house arrest in Iran. Why is he under house arrest? I’v never heard of this, someone defeats Ahmadinejad in the elections is under house arrest.

    • annie on December 3, 2011, 1:34 am

      dan, re Mousavi what do you think of Proof: Israeli Effort to Destabilize Iran Via Twitter #IranElection

      Were these legitimate Iranian people or the works of a propaganda machine? I became curious and decided to investigate the origins of the information. In doing so, I narrowed it down to a handful of people who have accounted for 30,000 Iran related tweets in the past few days. Each of them had some striking similarities –

      1. They each created their twitter accounts on Saturday June 13th.
      2. Each had extremely high number of Tweets since creating their profiles.
      3. “IranElection” was each of their most popular keyword
      4. With some very small exceptions, each were posting in ENGLISH.
      5. Half of them had the exact same profile photo
      6. Each had thousands of followers, with only a few friends. Most of their friends were EACH OTHER.

      Why were these tweets in English? Why were all of these profiles OBSESSED with Iran? It became obvious that this was the work of a team of people with an interest in destabilizing Iran. The profiles are phonies and were created with the sole intention of destabilizing Iran and effecting public opinion as to the legitimacy of Iran’s election.

      I narrowed the spammers down to three of the most persistent – @StopAhmadi @IranRiggedElect @Change_For_Iran

      I decided to do a google search for 2 of the 3 – @StopAhmadi and @IranRiggedElect. The first page to come up was JPost (Jerusalem Post) which is a right wing newspaper pro-Israeli newspaper.

      JPost actually ran a story about 3 people “who joined the social network mere hours ago have already amassed thousands of followers.” Why would a news organization post a story about 3 people who JUST JOINED TWITTER hours earlier? Is that newsworthy? JPost was the first (and only to my knowledge) major news source that mentioned these 3 spammers.

      who was backing Mousavi ?

      I’v never heard of this, someone defeats Ahmadinejad in the elections is under house arrest.

      oh really? since when did Mousavi defeat Ahmadinejad ? maybe he’s lucky to only be under house arrest.., cuz sometimes in palestine when you win elections you don’t get house arrest, you just get abducted and thrown in jail. or didn’t you hear?

  15. DanMazella on December 2, 2011, 11:08 pm

    The way democracy works in Iran is, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei choses the candidates.
    Its not a free system where anyone can run.
    So Khamenei assumed Mousavi was a hardline islamist, and thats why he let him run. When Khameni realized Mousavi wasn’t a hardline Islamist, he basically had him put under house arrest. Thats some democracy Iran has.
    The Mullahs chose the candidates and if won wins that they dont like, they put him under house arrest.

    • annie on December 3, 2011, 11:32 am

      The way democracy works in Iran is, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei choses the candidates.

      darn, if only aipac could choose iran’s candidates too.

  16. john h on December 3, 2011, 3:25 am

    Best laugh of the day:

    GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told a crowd in Waverly, Iowa, today that she would close the U.S. embassy in Iran.

    One small, tiny note: The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Tehran since 1980.

    • annie on December 3, 2011, 9:00 pm

      yeah, that bachmann is a card and a half, glad you enjoyed it john. it’s also nice to know someone reads a long post all the way to the bottom. much appreciated.

  17. DanMazella on December 3, 2011, 9:48 am

    annie, you didn’t answer my question.
    Why is Mousavi under house arrest in Iran?
    Why are the Mullahs in Iran murdering gays for just being gay.

    • Taxi on December 3, 2011, 10:55 am


      Perhaps if you tell us why israel is murdering Palestinians for just being Palestinian then annie might entertain answering your question. She’s a very busy girl, you know.

      Besides dude, there’s always ‘the’ google thang to answer your question and question your answer.

      • annie on December 3, 2011, 11:33 am

        taxi, debating the fate of the neocon puppets is such a bore.

  18. DanMazella on December 3, 2011, 7:12 pm

    The post is about Iran. There are massive human rights abuses by the Mullahs, which doesn’t seem to bother Annie.

    • annie on December 3, 2011, 7:37 pm

      you’re right about that. i am much more concerned with the possibility we might start a world war. try asking iraqis how ‘grateful’ they are we liberated them from saddam and kickstarted a civil war there resulting in untold death and destruction and thousands of refugees.

  19. DanMazella on December 3, 2011, 7:15 pm

    Taxi, the Arabs want the Jews to live but not ruling a sovereign country like Israel is today. Of course they would love to see the Jews as the dhimmi they were among the Arabs before 1948, paying taxes for not being Muslims and be like the Kurds, Coptics, Black Christians of Sudan and the Berbers today. 2nd class citizens stripped of any Judicial rights. That’s the reason they won’t distinguish Israel as a Jewish State.
    We have heard Israeli leaders from the right and the left all admit that they are willing to make “painful compromises” in order to achieve true peace with the Arabs. We have not heard the Palestinian Arab leaders ever say that phrase. Asking their people to give anything up for peace is utterly foreign to them, so instead we will keep seeing stunts – stunts that prove that the Palestinian Arabs have never been serious about a peace agreement and that today’s leadership is just as intransigent as Arafat was.

    • RoHa on December 4, 2011, 12:44 am

      ” the Arabs want the Jews to live but not ruling a sovereign country like Israel is today.”

      Considering the horrors that Jewish-ruled country has wrought upon the Arabs, no decent person would want to let Jews rule a country.

      “We have heard Israeli leaders from the right and the left all admit that they are willing to make “painful compromises” in order to achieve true peace with the Arabs.”

      But they don’t actually make any compromises. They just make demands.

  20. DanMazella on December 3, 2011, 7:21 pm

    Taxi, if someone was firing thousands of missles at you, i dont think you would be to happy about that.

    • annie on December 3, 2011, 9:03 pm

      hey dan, the chances taxi is going to read that on an old thread is a lot less when you don’t use the reply function on taxi’s comment. i would urge you to do that when responding directly to a comment in stead of a general post to the thread.

      either way she probably might not address your concerns.

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