The United Kingdom isn’t happy with the Iranian stooges who stormed their Embassy in Iran, eloquently screamed, “Death to England!” and burned the Union Jack. In fact, they’re so perturbed that they’re expelling Iranian diplomats on British soil. Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague has a point when he says:
“If any country makes it impossible for us to operate on their soil they cannot expect to have a functioning embassy here.”
Jazz Shaw over at hotair does a fine job covering the story, but the caption under the home page photo that read “Destabilization” is a bit misleading. That’s a word you hear quite a bit when it comes to the Middle East–‘destabilization’–but what does it mean? Using it implies that there was stability to begin with. There wasn’t. There hasn’t been for…a long time. In fact, an argument can be made that the entire region is nuts.
The “fear societies” that Natan Sharansky speaks of in The Case for Democracy litter the region. Unlike the old Soviet Union, however, many of the thugs in charge aren’t frozen by a concept like “Mutually Assured Destruction” (MAD), but are encouraged by it.
Question: Is a country stable if its leaders believe an apocalyptic nightmare scenario is necessary for “The Hidden Imam” to heal the world?
Even Better Question: What does it say about Western Civilization that tyrannical regimes around the world openly state their desire for the death and destruction of free nations—follow up on the rhetoric with concrete steps to realize those goals—and the reaction of Western diplomats is to pretend we’re all living in Christopher Nolan’s debut film, Memento?
Somewhere along the line we were convinced we had to “get along” with “the international community.” We don’t. In fact, we shouldn’t “get along” with dictators and despots and warlords running roughshod over the human rights of their people while enriching themselves and building weapons of war. The United States should get along with civilized nations, and it should work to bring backwards nations into the fold when possible (I’m talking to you, Burma). But what the American people need when it comes to international skid marks like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il is clarity.
If the Iranian government wants to allow students to hop around concrete slabs like animals, fine. If Iran wants to allow those animals to endanger the lives of British diplomats working on foreign soil, then England has no choice put to bring them home. However, it’s incumbent upon British leaders to artfully articulate what’s happening and who’s to blame. When violence breaks out there will inevitably be the useful idiots on the left who will place blame squarely on the shoulders of the free world. While conservatives will know that isn’t the case, it’s better to have it all on record now.