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    Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran
    By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    5:15 AM PDT, June 28, 2009

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Iranian authorities arrested eight local employees of the British embassy in Tehran, accusing them of "playing major parts" in the recent unrest over a presidential election, the semi-official Fars news agency reported today. The move comes amid deteriorating relations between Iran and the West in the wake of a crackdown against Iranians opposed to the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Though the atmosphere in Tehran's streets has calmed, the aftershocks of the disputed election continue. All eight British embassy employees arrested were members of its political section. Authorities with a search warrant detained at least one of the embassy staffers at his home Saturday morning. Authorities brought him back to his apartment later in the evening and seized computers and documents. British foreign secretary David Miliband condemned what he described as the arrest and continued detention of "hardworking" embassy staff. "This is harassment and intimidation of a kind that is quite unacceptable," he said in a BBC interview. "We want to see (them) released unharmed."

    Iranian authorities have also targeted local staffers of the United Nations. At least one was arrested after she was photographed flashing a supportive "V" signal with her fingers during a rally in support of Ahmadinejad's challenger, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, in front of the U.N.'s Tehran offices.
    Source: LATimes.com

    Yet another example of Iranian repression emerges.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    And Obama policy is to sit down and negotiate with such people!

    What a massive misjudgement - a bit like his election by the short sighted Dems in the US.
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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by lunecat View Post
    And Obama policy is to sit down and negotiate with such people!

    What a massive misjudgement - a bit like his election by the short sighted Dems in the US.
    And what would you have Obama do, invade Iran?

    What's worse is some Republicans and conservatives are just using this as a means to attack the president. That's what is really sad.
    Last edited by TheNextEra; 06-28-09 at 12:07 PM.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    And what would you have Obama do, invade Iran?

    What's worse is some Republicans and conservatives are just using this as a means to attack the president. That's what is really sad.
    Yes we should be going into Iran, Mr. Obama is showing the World how much he lacks in a Backbone.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion89 View Post
    Yes we should be going into Iran, Mr. Obama is showing the World how much he lacks in a Backbone.
    With what money?
    What troops?

    We are already in two countries, economy ruined, lacking money and we should invade a third country?

    You are nuts.

    And on OP: I wonder how Britain will respond to this open challenge ....


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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by lunecat View Post
    And Obama policy is to sit down and negotiate with such people!

    What a massive misjudgement - a bit like his election by the short sighted Dems in the US.
    If Dear Leader were willing to "negotiate", he'd be on the right track.

    All Dear Leader wants to do is "talk". All Dear Leader wants to do is rebuild relations.

    There is a difference. Negotiation proceeds from a discrete agenda: both sides state with specificity what they want and what they must have; both sides state with specificity what they are prepared to do and to give up to get what they want and what they must have. Talking and normalizing relations involves seeking common ground and common agendas.

    Negotiation with an illegitimate regime such as the Islamic Republic is merely the acknowledgment of reality. Good or bad, one deals with the governments that exist, not with the governments that should exist.

    Talks are not negotiations. Talks are a validation of the government that exists. Talks are the implication that the government which does exist, should exist.

    With the Islamic Republic, there is nothing to talk about. The United States has no common ground with such evil, and should not seek any common ground with such evil. The United States should have no compunction about describing the Islamic Republic and the brutality of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad as evil.

    One can "negotiate" with evil; one must never "talk" with evil.

    The diplomatic failure of Dear Leader is made abundantly clear in his statements on Iran: he is a great talker, but a poor negotiator.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    And what would you have Obama do, invade Iran?
    It's possible that PBO will start having to get used to the fact that he'll be bound to support a British attack on Iran.

    What's worse is some Republicans and conservatives are just using this as a means to attack the president. That's what is really sad.
    We're showing Obama the same respect and courtesy that the Liberals showed Bush for 8 years. Actually, we're shoing Obama more respect and courtesy.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    With what money?
    What troops?

    We are already in two countries, economy ruined, lacking money and we should invade a third country?

    You are nuts.

    And on OP: I wonder how Britain will respond to this open challenge ....
    Laili you have no idea about warfare, we already have a Large Mite Force near the Iran/Iraq border that could go in and out with-in hours they(Iranian Military) wouldn't know what hit them. Also we have TAC Bombers in the Gulf that could take out anything and everything on the ground just enough damage to give the Freedom Fighters on the ground to move against the Illegal Iranian Govn.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Oh, man, I just love this.

    An invasion of Iran would accomplish these things:

    1) Unite most of the Iranian people against us
    2) Throw the entire nation into chaos and anarchy
    3) Kill thousands of our troops
    4) Destroy our ability to accomplish in anything in Iraq or Afhganistan by stretching our military past the breaking point
    5) Run our already huge deficit so far into the red that our currency becomes worthless
    6) Completely bankrupt us as a nation
    7) Make us even more of a laughing stock than we are now
    8a) Result in an even worse regime taking over in Iran, since when the dust settles basically the guy with the most guns will win OR
    8b) Result in a regime of our choosing being installed, which will be ignored and ridiculed as being our puppet until it is destroyed from within
    9) Undo everything the opposition is trying to do in Iran
    10) Leave us wide open to the kind of assaults at home that W was supposedly protecting us from

    In other words, if we go into Iran we will screw the Iranian people and ourselves.

    I want the bloodshed to end as well, but if we want the situation to improve we have to let them work it out on their own.

    How is it that almost nobody on this entire board actually understands that?
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Iranian authorities arrest eight British embassy employees in Tehran

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan;1058108[COLOR="Blue"
    800]Oh, man, I just love this.

    An invasion of Iran would accomplish these things:

    1) Unite most of the Iranian people against us
    Nope we wouldn't be in thier that long just long enough to give the Freedom Fighter a fighting chance
    2) Throw the entire nation into chaos and anarchy
    It already is or have you missed that
    3) Kill thousands of our troops
    Nope as a matter of fact if we use the right Mite Force and TAC Support our Caus would be less then .5%
    4) Destroy our ability to accomplish in anything in Iraq or Afhganistan by stretching our military past the breaking point
    Nope you seem not to understand todays warfare
    5) Run our already huge deficit so far into the red that our currency becomes worthless
    Money doesn't matter if it did then we wouldn't do allot of things because of money
    6) Completely bankrupt us as a nation
    Prove It
    7) Make us even more of a laughing stock than we are now
    To who? All the Left Wing Jackasses of the World?
    8a) Result in an even worse regime taking over in Iran, since when the dust settles basically the guy with the most guns will win OR
    8b) Result in a regime of our choosing being installed, which will be ignored and ridiculed as being our puppet until it is destroyed from within
    Neither all wee would do is take out certain Military Assets to help the Freedom Fighters
    9) Undo everything the opposition is trying to do in Iran
    Wrong very Wrong your Naviaty is now showing
    10) Leave us wide open to the kind of assaults at home that W was supposedly protecting us from
    Once again you don't know what the **** your talking about nice try

    In other words, if we go into Iran we will screw the Iranian people and ourselves.
    No we help the Freedom fighter plain and simple
    I want the bloodshed to end as well, but if we want the situation to improve we have to let them work it out on their own.
    Not as long as they(freedom Fighters) don't have the support they need both verbal and Armed

    How is it that almost nobody on this entire board actually understands that?
    Hmmm I think you might need to go and re-read the board most of us are calling for Mr. Obama to do something once again nice try care to go for Double jeapardy where the answer are harder
    My answer in Blue

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