Professor Robert Wright (Trent University, Canada) in his book Our Man in Tehran – exposes Canadian Ambassador in Tehran (1977-80), Kenneth Taylor (born 1934) , during 1979 Islamic Revolution as a CIA agent. Incidently, the contents of the book were approved by Ken Taylor before its publication. Ken Taylor in his recent interview with Toronto daily The Globe And Mail (January 23, 2010) admitted that he was “made d fecto CIA station chief’ in a secret deal between US president Jimmy Carter and Canadian prime minister Joe Clark. After the Islamic Revolution (1979) Ken actively spied for the Americans and helped them to stage the failed armed incursion in Islamic Iran.
“Jimmy Carter facing a re-election in 1980, strongly favored a diplomatic solution, but his national security adviser, Zbignew Brzezinski ( a Jew), directed the Pentagon to begin planning for a rescue mission or retaliatory strikes in case the hostages were harmed. In response, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. David C. Jones, established a secretive planning group, dubbed ‘Rice Bowl’ to study American options for the rescue efforts,” from an article in the Air Force Association. Later, on the orders of Jimmy Carter, Gen. David C. Jones personally ran the Operation Eagle Claw.
On April 24, 1980, American Air Force, based on Ken’s intelligence briefing, planned and carried its incursion Operation Eagle Claw to rescue 52 American embassy staff members captured as ‘spies‘. The Operation involved eight RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopters. Before the ‘American braves’ reached their destination in Tehran – three of the eight helicopters were lost in the desert sand storm (a Divine intervention, perhaps). The surviving crew and the soldiers in panic returned to the base at Masirah without taking along 8 of the bodies of dead US soldiers. Tehran had no clue of this failed operation until some Iranian civilian travelling through that area spotted the wreckage and informed the authorities in the nearby town.
Tehran released the remaining American embassy staff in January 1981 after Washington and Tehran reached an accord including release of frozen Iranian assests (US$14 billion). However, after the American arrived to safety – Washington backed off on its release of Iranian money assets promise. Those Iranian assests could be more than US$30 billion by now. Later, Tehran handed over the bodies of eight American soldiers for burial in the US.
Ottawa re-established its diplomatic relation with Tehran in 1996. However, since December 2007 – both Tehran and Ottawa have refused to accept the nominated Iranian and Canadian ambassadors. Tehran has criticized Ottawa for its blind support for the Zionist entity against Palestinian resistance, Lebanese resistance and Washington-sponsored UN sanctions against Islamic Iran. Canadian export to Islamic Iran were worth US$266 million in 2007.
Early 2009, Jewish Wall Street Journal quoted Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper saying: “My government is a strong supporter of the state of Israel and considers Iranian threats to be absolutely unacceptable and beyond the pale. It concerns me that we have regime with both an ideology that is obviously evil, combined with a desire to procure technology (nuclear) to act on that technology”.
For such rhetoric, The Canadian Charger, an online journal in its September 23, 2009 editorial For Canada\’s sake, Harper must go, listed ten reasons for which majority of Canadians would not want Stephen Harper to continue as prime minister of Canada if elections were held around then. Below are two of those ten reasons:
“Harper has an unbalanced approach to the Middle East. Ottawa now votes heavily in a pro-Israel direction, thus reversing previous Canadian policy on resolutions related to Israel–Palestine. When Israel invaded Lebanon and carried out a massive bombing campaign across the country, Harper termed the Israeli response “measured.” He has been uncritical of the massive destruction of Gaza.”
“The Harper government has taken the position that it has no obligation to come to the aid of Canadian citizens overseas. The Harper government cannot do the right thing for its citizens abroad without court orders. Abousfian Abdelrazik was only allowed to return to Canada after a court ordered it. Harper refuses to seek Omar Khadr’s return to Canada even though a court ordered it and even though international treaty obligations on the rights of children in war demand special treatment for children. Instead, Harper is appealing that decision to the Supreme Court.”
Ken for helping six Americans to escape Tehran on forged Canadian passports – was rewarded by the US president Ronald Reagan with Congressional Gold Medal in June 1981 for serving the interests of a foreign country instead of Canada. Ken keeps his Canadian citizenship but lives in New York.