Iran fails to protect an embassy again
January 3, 2016 Leave a comment
Recently Saudi Arabia executed 47 inmates which included Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as well as three other Shiite dissidents and a number of al-Qaida militants.
Not surprising Shiite majority areas of the Middle East – primarily in Iran of course – are protesting the execution of al-Nimr.
As well Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned the execution and said there would be grave consequences for Saudi Arabia. He also complained that the west hasn’t condemned the execution but at least some foreign leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have spoken out against the execution.
Propoganda by Ali Khamenei?
The Iranian government has said it has arrested 40+ protesters and branded them as extremists but I’m suspecting that they’ll be free very soon.
Shiite dominated Iran and Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia has always been the leaders of their respective branches of Islam and has used their influence to push their agenda.
For example, Iran has been backing the Shiite dominated Syria and their dictator Bashar al-Assad. Saudi Arabia is of course against Assad.
So it is no surprise that in Iran, protesters stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy to protest the execution. This isn’t the first time as “students” broke into the American embassy in the late 1970s to start the hostage crisis there.
See a pattern?
The embassy is protected by the UN and various international laws. It is also the sovereign soil of the country that has the embassy. The host country [in this case Iran] is supposed to protect the embassy.
In this case, protesters stormed Saudi Arabian land against international law. So once again, Iranian security forces did nothing until after it was too late.
With some lightly thawing of diplomatic issues between Iran, the United States and other countries, those other countries should be cautioned on actually opening an embassy in Iran.