You'd like to think that the nutcases running Iran would have learned a little something about diplomacy in the 32 years since the Khomeini revolution. But apparently not.
Iranian protesters stormed the British Embassy compound in Tehran on Tuesday, smashing windows and burning the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.
Protesters threw molotov cocktails and one waved a framed picture of Queen Elizabeth apparently found inside the compound, the state TV showed.
An NBC News cameraman at the scene reported that the protesters tore down the British flag and replaced it with the Iranian flag.
The Associated Press reported that the protesters, numbering in the dozens, were hardline students and that they clashed with riot police.
They chanted, "The Embassy of Britain should be taken over" and "Death to England."
The incident followed Britain's imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic state last week over its nuclear program.
London banned all British financial institutions from doing business with their Iranian counterparts, including the Central Bank of Iran, as part of a new wave of sanctions by Western countries.
Just yesterday, the Iranian parliament passed a bill downgrading their relations with Great Britain and expelling the ambassador.
And don't you find it a touch odd that these couple of dozen "hardline students" could overcome riot police and enter the embassy compound? They certainly didn't try very hard to stop them. After all, they're perfectly willing to break heads when democracy demonstrations are going on. Why not when the sovereign territory of another nation is being attacked?
This incident is not over. If the Iranians can't protect the embassy, expect the British to leave until they prove that they can.