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Who’s Really Killing Those ‘Nuclear Scientists’ in Tehran?

January 17th, 2012 - 2:36 pm

They run the banks, the press, all Western governments, the universities, the spooks (most everywhere).  And if you can’t find any evidence for it, well, that shows how diabolical the Jews are, right?

I’m talking about the latest assassination in Tehran, in which a young chemist, who worked in the acquisitions department of the Iranian nuclear project at Natanz, was killed by a “sticky bomb” attached to his car in the middle of rush hour traffic.

None of those writing about this event has any evidence for their theories, but many of them are quite confident that the Israelis did it.  The Times of London, which presents a mixture of circumstantial evidence and some “information” from “a source,” at least has the honesty to say what all these self-proclaimed experts should say:  “…said a source who released details, impossible to verify, to the Sunday Times.”

An unnamed source provides information that cannot be verified.  But the journalists write it, and the paper prints it.

Before getting into the details, let me caveat this whole thing:  I don’t know who did it, and neither does anybody else writing about it.  The Iranian regime, which usually claims to know everything about everything, has so far accused the Brits, the Americans, the MEK, and the Israelis.

However, I think that I do know this:  If the Israelis (or the Americans, or the Brits) are actually capable of operating at will in the midst of the virtual military occupation in Tehran,  we do not have to worry about the Iranian nukes, because if the Israelis, the Brits or the Americans can do that, they can do anything they want to.

Tehran is an armed camp.  There are security forces, check points, men with weapons and cell phones, and countless informers, all over the place.  If a citizen makes a phone call that is the least bit suspect to the regime, that citizen is located, on average, in less than half an hour, and sometimes in a few minutes.  Several Iranian officials and scientists involved in the nuclear project have been blown up in the last two years, and the killers have always gotten clean away.  Indeed, the latest assassins killed their man just a few feet from the headquarters buildings of the Intelligence Ministry.  That’s quite an accomplishment.  If agents of a foreign intelligence service are doing it, they’re better than Tom Cruise’s fictional operatives in the Mission: Impossible movies.

But it might be CIA, Mossad or MI6, despite the daunting security situation in Tehran.  Maybe they ARE better than anything Hollywood can imagine.  What would be the motive?  Here, the “experts” are pretty much unanimous:  the motive is to disrupt the Iranian nuclear weapons program.  Over the years, plenty of non-Western nuclear physicists have turned up dead, some in the Middle East, some in our part of the world (France, for example).

And here the picture gets a bit foggier, because the Iranian victims don’t really fit that picture.

My friend Potkin Azarmehr, a thoughtful British-Iranian who blogs in London, has been writing about these events for years, and he makes a lot of sense (to repeat, I don’t know who did it and neither does Potkin.  He’s just thinking out loud).  He points out a few details about the four targets of bombing attacks in Tehran prior to the latest assassination:

  • The first was an academic with no apparent connection to the nuclear project.  He was a political activist who supported the Green Movement, the main group in opposition to the regime.  He attended international meetings, and was a member of a group that included Israelis.  He was blown up by a significant quantity of explosives, not a sticky bomb.  The explosives were planted in or on a motorcycle parked outside the victim’s house;
  • The second was apolitical, was also a theoretical physicist, and belonged to the same international scientific organization (including Israelis) as the first.  He was killed by a sticky bomb;
  • On the very same day, another physicist was attacked.  He was also a political activist, a regime supporter, and a member of the revolutionary guards.  Unlike the first two, he was certainly an active participant in the nuclear program, as shown by the fact that his name was on official sanctions lists.  The news stories spoke of a bomb, but the photographs of the crime scene don’t show evidence of an explosion (they do show some bullet holes in his car).  There’s another big difference:  he wasn’t killed.  Shortly after the event, he was promoted to head the nuclear program.  To which Potkin asks a good question:

If these assassinations were the work of highly sophisticated Western/Israeli sent hit squads, how is it that a theoretical research physicist not on the sanctions list is eliminated so efficiently but the more obvious target who is clearly connected to the nuclear program and is on the sanctions list, is not even hurt.

Potkin suspects the first guy was killed by the regime, and the second attack was staged so that the regime could blame foreign espionage agents.

The fourth case was the oddest of all, a university student who was gunned down in front of his house, where he’d just returned after collecting his young daughter from kindergarten.  He wasn’t a nuclear anything, he was studying electrical engineering,. working for a Master’s degree.  There is an Iranian nuclear physicist with a similar name (and his picture was published all over the Iranian press), but that man — who might well have been a logical victim for anyone targeting key people in the nuclear project — was out of the country.  The victim was not a shadowy figure, he had a Facebook page on which he spoke warmly of a well-known dissident singer.

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