Iran tries to make political hay from Britain’s woes

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Oh, now this is rich. Iran is trying to paint itself as a benevolent, concerned government (which it isn’t) by criticizing Britain over supposed human rights violations. In reality, Britain has shown remarkable and characteristic restraint in not addressing the rioters with any real tactics, let alone the extremely brutal ones that would be the default option in Iran.

In the same breath, Iran’s hardline conservative newspaper acknowledges that this is all part of the Arab Spring and practically congratulates the “youth”  (actually mostly young Arab jihadists…which the politically correct MSM takes great pains to cover up) on their violent uprising.

Iran has been especially vocal in its taunting of Britain over the riots, turning the tables on a country that helped lead Western condemnation of Tehran’s crackdown on streets demonstrations that followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in June 2009.

The hardline conservative Iranian daily Kayhan likened the riots on Thursday to the “awakenings” of the Arab Spring that have toppled or badly shaken despotic Arab rulers.

“Now the nations’ uprisings and tumult against illegitimate rule, after the Middle East region and North Africa, has found its way to the heart of Europe,” it said in an editorial.

On Wednesday Ahmadinejad called on Britain to curb its “savage” treatment of the rioters and to tackle the poverty and discrimination he said underlay the violence.

Britain’s top diplomat in Tehran responded on Thursday with a letter saying London was happy to discuss its handling of the street unrest.

“I would remind you that the UK has a standing invitation to all U.N. special rapporteurs and has facilitated the visits of a number of these rapporteurs to the UK in recent years,” British Charge d’Affaires Jane Marriott wrote.

“I urge the Iranian government to extend a similar courtesy to the dedicated U.N. special rapporteur for the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, to enable him to address the international community’s grave concerns about ongoing human rights violations within Iran.”

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted in March to nominate a special rapporteur for Iran to look into its crackdown on the opposition and frequent use of the death penalty. Iran has so far declined to allow Shaheed to visit.

via What’s Farsi for Schadenfreude? UK critics revel in riot woes | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters.


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