Iran Really Seems to Be Maturing, Foreign Relations-Wise

By Jeffrey Goldberg

Thirty-two years ago, Iranian "students" stormed the American embassy in Teheran because their American lecturers were giving them bad grades, or something. Thirty-two years later, Iranian "students" are trying to storm Britain's embassy in Teheran, also because of bad grades, or poor dormitory assignments, or maybe because Britain fired their football coach:

Iranian students stormed the British embassy in Tehran Tuesday, breaking down the door, throwing around papers and replacing the British flag with an Iranian one.

Iran's Press TV reported that police had the incident under control, but Britain's Foreign Office called the situation "fluid" and said "details are still emerging."

"There has been a incursion by a significant number of demonstrators into our Embassy premises, including vandalism to our property," the Foreign Office said. "We are outraged by this. It is utterly unacceptable and we condemn it."

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