Denmark Evacuates Staff from Iran, Syria and Indonesia
The Danes have evacuated their embassy staff from Syria, Iran and Indonesia over fears for their safety. From the Washington Post:
The Foreign Ministry said it withdrew all Danish staff from its embassy in Tehran, Iran, because of "serious and concrete threats" against the ambassador.
Threats also were directed at the embassy personnel in Indonesia, the ministry said, without giving details. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country...
...Earlier Saturday, the ministry announced it had temporarily pulled back its ambassador and other Danish staff from Syria because they were not getting enough protection from authorities.
As has been noted before, massive angry demonstrations just don't happen in Syria without a nod from the regime, and Friday prayers in Tehran included a call for continued protest at the Danish embassy there.
In the NewsBriefs section, it was noted (with irony) that Iran's former president, Mohammad Khatami, said in Malaysia, "After about two centuries of dispute between tradition and modernity in the world of Islam (there is) a high level of mental preparation for the acceptance of a major transformation in the mind and lives of Muslims."
It appears as if those delivering sermons in Tehran disagree.