Photo Tells Us Why Canada Severed Diplomatic Ties With Iran

Last Friday, the right-wing Conservative government of Stephen Harper closed the Canadian embassy in Tehran, and kicked Iranian diplomats out of Canada. Since than, Canadians have struggled to figure out Harper’s motive for this hotile and undepolomatic move. This picture partly answers the question.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, Canada, March 2, 2012. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)

The picture was taken during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three-day visit to Canada in March. Harper and Netanyahu met here in Ottawa reportedly discussed the “threat” posed by Iran’s nuclear program.
In May, Israeli President Shimon Peres made his first state visit to Canada. He engaged in “a mix of public ceremonies and private meetings” and reportedly warned against a military attack on Iran.
Bravo, Netanyahu and Israel, for your stunning breakthrough. You pressured Canada to take a closer-to-war stance against Iran.
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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based blogger, activist, photographer, digital rights enthusiast, former political aide, and former international development administrator. He's the founder and editor of these independent publications: The Canadian Progressive, a political blog dedicated to progressive Canadian journalism; The Zimbabwean Progressive, a political blog dedicated to producing fearless, progressive, adversarial, unapologetic, and activism-oriented Zimbabwean journalism; and Charity Files, a publication dedicated to journalism in the charitable public's interest. Follow Obert on Twitter: @Obiemad