reply to post by fenceSitter
No doubt about it but doesn't mean it does not happen either. I'm sure hiding facts and/or just not talking about them is a common occurrence
and understandable in certain circumstances.
Yes, it's true.
Although I do not share the common belief that it's impossible to get information, and that disinformation is too spread, I'm also aware of the
dubious - yet efficient - ways governments portray their objectives and goals.
Both the Japanese and German representatives painted a very different picture in diplomacy just prior to executing their real plans, just to give a
valid example from the past.
I do believe that Iran attempts to 'nurture' expats just as Hamid Mohammadi suggested and I do believe it works the other way as well. Just
like you suggested, same coin, different side. Even though wrong on both sides, if true the government runs the risk of being a hypocrite.
I think that Iran often uses the image they have of victim of the Western policy
to mask other activities.
That's not the same as saying they are the worst, or even the one's who most proliferate in those attitudes, but I've noticed a clear pattern of
victimization when action occurs, and silence when their wrong doings are detected.
One of the reasons - I believe - for Iran to have gained such tremendous support in past years, is the fact they simply select which foreign affairs
they address, and which they don't. I've seen the Iranian regime address the terrorism issues very rarely.
But I see them - almost
on a daily basis - criticizing the West for policies that are taken out of context.
Since everyone in those issues (nuclear proliferation, weapons deals, terrorism funds) seems to want really hard to shout their side the loudest, we
end up with very unclear debates and strong points to base arguments.
As a reasonable person, I can't say Iran is the boogeyman that they are often painted, but I can't also say they are the saints they claim they are.
And for that, both sides of the globe
are to blame.
Events like the one mentioned in this thread don't help either.
I might be taking the side of "nothing to see here", but to be honest, I can't say with certainty that Canada isn't preparing for something
bigger. Which goes back to our exchange of arguments that Canada might know - or not - something.
For all we know, from the information available, Canada might be doing this because it doesn't raise that much attention. But I would like to add
some pieces of information relating diplomatic relations and Iran:
UK ambassador to Iran
November 28, 2011
Iran diplomats to leave UK
December 2nd, 2011
'Only the beginning' as UK ambassador expelled by Iran over sanctions
Amid chants of "death to England", Iran's parliament voted by a large majority yesterday to expel the British ambassador just weeks after Dominick
Chilcott took up his post.
A stage-managed protest against "evil" London's sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme is due today outside Britain's fortresslike embassy in
central Tehran, the scene of sometimes violent anti-western demonstrations.
One parliamentarian warned that Iranians could storm the compound as they did the US embassy in 1979.
Diplomats working at the Iranian embassy in London must leave Britain by Friday afternoon.
Foreign Secretary William Hague ordered their expulsion within 48 hours on Wednesday afternoon after the British embassy in Tehran was stormed. They
are expected to fly out this afternoon.
About 120,000 people in the UK hail from Iran, as well as many students.
The Iranian Association's Kaveh Kalantari said most UK-based Iranians "do not like what is going on in Iran".
He said they were "worried".
The diplomats are expected to leave the UK on a charter flight out of London later this afternoon, according to BBC Persian TV.
I will, however, state that the timing for the Canadian decision is interesting
. I would have assumed they would make this decision along with
the UK, last year.
And thanks for the formatting tips, as you can see I already put them into practice.
You're welcome! I also like when other members give me advices.