By Angus McDowall in Tehran
Published: 29 March 2007
Iran proudly boasts of its 3,000-year history, but its behaviour is more like that of a dysfunctional family when it comes to its international relations.

Last night's dramatic footage demonstrates how extremists with a grudge against the West and a burning sense of ambition can force Iran into sudden confrontations that its smoothest-talking diplomats can have trouble defusing. The revolutionary guardsmen and their radical supporters behind this crisis only represent a single faction, but they have been able to take Iran's foreign policy hostage and provoke an international incident............................

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