Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, condemned the British government for its "violent suppression" of the protesters and called for an end to what he described as the "killing and brutal beating" of "the opposition" angry with the government's financial policies.
"The real opposition are the people who are beaten up and killed on the streets of London, those whose voices are not heard by anyone," Iran's Irna state news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. The foreign ministry, went so far as to issue a statement advising against any unnecessary travel to the UK.
On Tuesday night, conservative websites sympathetic to the Islamic regime called on the Iranian government to offer refuge in its embassy in London to "UK protesters in need of protection".
The Iranians, of course, are simply ignoring a few minor details. There is, as yet, no evidence of brutal beatings of rioters by the police and by all accounts the “protestors” are not suppressed minorities or abused citizens but are instead a mixture of people (mostly young men) who seem to be looking to have a good time and take advantage of the situation to loot and rob. A very sad state of affairs reflecting poorly on British society in general –but hardly the political protests which the Iranian police so effectively put down periodically using the very tactics they claim the Police in England are using. Since brutal tactics, including beatings and murder, are their normal modis operandi for handling protests and riots, they must have just assumed that everyone else would do the same.
I guess I am more amused than surprised. The interesting part will be seeing how the United Nations Security Council reacts. You can bet that if it were the United States instead of England under the microscope they would have already issued a condemnation and President Obama would probably have apologized already.
Live Long and Prosper......