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Monday, November 29, 2010

Is the Mossad or CIA Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists? Or Someone Else?

From The Telegraph article by Richard Spencer: (also at BigPeace.com)

"Men riding motorcycles stuck magnet-bombs on the two men's car windscreens, police said.

"The interior ministry blamed 'agents of the global arrogance', a regular term for the United States.

"Iran's state media drew a link with a speech by the head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, last month in which he said 'intelligence-led operations' had to be used to disrupt Iran's nuclear programme.

"President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said: 'One can undoubtedly see the hands of Israel and Western governments in the assassination.'

"The scientist who died was named as Majid Shahriyari. The head of Iran's atomic energy organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed Dr Shahriyari was involved in a 'major project'.

"The other, scientist who was injured was named as Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani. Both men taught at the school of nuclear engineering at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran but their precise roles in its alleged nuclear weapons programme are not known.

"Dr Abbasi-Davani is a specialist in preparing nuclear isotopes, on which uranium enrichment depends. He was also said to be a member of the elite Revolutionary Guard.

"He was listed as 'involved in nuclear or ballistic missile activities' in a 2007 United Nations sanctions resolution.

"In January, another nuclear scientist, Masoud Ali Mohammadi, was killed in a similar attack. Again on that occasion Iran blamed Israel and the West, though it was also revealed Mr Mohammadi had expressed support for the opposition Green Movement.

"The senior regime links of the latest two targets would on the face of it make an opposition allegiance seem unlikely. But Meir Javedanfar, an Israeli-Iranian analyst, said even in their case an internal regime assassination could not be ruled out.

"He said dissatisfaction with the regime among nuclear scientists was a 'major concern' for the leadership."

Well, the CIA is much of the world's bogeyman, but I wouldn't count too much on the CIA (or any American intelligence agency) acting this way under the Obama administration. And I strongly doubt that the Iranians were behind the assassinations-- although Javedanfar is correct and you can't just rule out the possibility. That leaves pretty much the rest of the Western World, Israel and the rest of the Middle East as suspects. If nothing else, Wikileaks has proven that Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East aren't too secure with the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

These scientists were really unpopular and dangerous to many different people throughout the world. In a way, this situation reminds me of Canadian super-gun engineer Gerald Bull (he was the guy building the Project Babylon super-gun for Saddam Hussein in the late 80s). It's no guarantee that the Mossad shot Bull. Lots of people were real unhappy with that particular project.

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