The September 6 decision of the Harper government to cut all diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran is a dangerous and irresponsible act. The reasons given by Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for this brazen move do not stand up to scrutiny. There is no evidence that Iran’s nuclear program includes plans to produce nuclear weapons, nor is there any evidence that Canadian diplomatic personnel face any imminent danger. And while Tehran no doubt supports political movements and formations in other countries in the region, the same can be said of most other states, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel itself.
Mr. Baird’s accusations over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons plans is especially hypocritical, given that the Canadian government has never uttered a single word of concern over, let alone condemnation of Israel’s nuclear weapons cache – something which has been an open secret for many years – in complete defiance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Canada’s unilateral action is hardly an isolated or misconceived act. It is part of an orchestrated campaign, the real purpose of which is to increase tensions in this already enflamed region and provide the appearance of international justification for a military strike against Iran – most likely by Israel with tacit U.S. and NATO support, even without UN approval. The fact that this announcement came only days after the conclusion of the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, hosted by Iran and attended by over 120 countries, shows that the Harper government has shifted Canada’s foreign policy into the camp of the most aggressive circles of imperialism.
This move should be a wake-up call for the peace movement across Canada and for all peace-loving Canadians to speak out and mobilize to oppose foreign aggression against both Syria and Iran, and the Harper government’s complicity in fomenting war. It is a call to action! In this context, the Communist Party of Canada welcomes the call for an International day of Action on October 6th to prevent foreign aggression on Iran, and urges anti-war activists to organize broad and united peace actions in cities and towns across Canada on that day.
The Communist Party of Canada unreservedly condemns the decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran as a most irresponsible and reprehensible act. We join with many other voices in demanding that this move be immediately rescinded and that the respective embassies be re-opened, and in telling all the parties in Parliament that Canada should instead act to find peaceful political solutions to the problems in the region.
Issued by the Central Executive Committee,
Communist Party of Canada
September 13, 2012