Other embassies may be closing in Iran according to Washington Post and I suspect this makes more likely a vote to shut off Iranian oil imports to the West. That could add to the regime's economic woes.
Excerpt from Washington Post:
European ambassadors in Tehran had a long meeting Wednesday in which the options of withdrawing heads of missions and even closing all European embassies in Tehran were debated, said a European diplomat who asked to remain anonymous. One diplomat had visited the British Embassy grounds to search for the British ambassador’s dog, which was found. The diplomat said damage to the buildings was extreme.
“The place had been systematically ransacked, paintings were destroyed and furniture was broken,” the diplomat said. “We have concluded that the attack had been extremely well coordinated by the authorities,” he said.
Iran’s leaders apparently made a deliberate decision to allow groups of young men armed with sticks to pillage the diplomatic compounds Tuesday and briefly detain six embassy staffers.
PHOTOS CAPTURE HIGH REGIME OFFICIALS PARTICIPATING IN EMBASSY ATTACK
At Enduring America, an article identifies one high Basilj official and what appears to be a top IRCG Quds officer (Special Forces) involved in the demonstration. EA has circled their faces in red. You can clearly see a mullah is among the demonstrators. Toss in the encouragement of such attacks by Khamenei's hard-line supporters in parliament, plus praise for it by so many top regime officials afterewards.
This regime is going to be held accountable for outlaw behavior and it will be costly. A news outlet associated with Ahmadinejad has also praised the attack, indicating that--whatever arguments he may have on the mullahs--both factions are as "tight" on this one as they were on election day and afterwards.
Like the recently disrupted attack in Washington, this is another bone-headed scheme by a hard line regime at the worst possible time. It's as stupid as the blatantly rigged election. These thugs think they can get away with anything and people won't notice.
A MESSAGE TO IRAN'S CENSORS: Don't worry about EA's analysis of the photos. Even if you could filter them, they are all over the internet now and in the offices of many western governments. Everyone knows the Basilj are directly controlled by the Supreme Leader and couldn't act without his permission. The same has been true when, dressed in plain clothes, Basilj and Hezbollah types beat up moderate clerics and trash their homes and mosques. Everyone knows who is the MAIN MAN behind it all.
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