When Ian Tomlinson, an innocent newsvendor, died on 1 April 2009 after a scuffle with security forces near the Bank of England in London during an anti-G20 protest, did the Iranian government demand that Britain launch an immediate investigation into his death? One might imagine that the British would be more than a bit upset that another nation was poking its nose into its affairs in this way.
When Marine veteran Jose Guerena died in a hail of gunfire in his own home in Tucson, Arizona, when a SWAT team invaded his house on 5 May 2011, did the Iranian government demand that the US launch an immediate investigation into his death? Again, one might imagine that the US would be more than just a little annoyed that Iran was poking its nose into US affairs.
So is there any reason why the British and the US would be demanding that Iran launch an immediate investigation into the death of Haleh Sahabi who recently died of a heart attack in Iran after a scuffle with security forces as she attended her father’s funeral? Is there any reason why Iran should not tell the British and the US where to stick their demands?
As tragic and as pitiful and as unwarranted as all of these deaths are, none of these nations has the right to interfere with the other in this way. It’s tantamount to infringing on the others’ sovereignty. It’s the sort of thing that can actually start wars.
Ah… now I see.