The job of Iranian nuclear scientist has become exceedingly dangerous, as strange accidents have resulted in dozens of deaths with nuclear plants exploding and individuals being shot, poisoned and blown up in separate events.
The latest was clearly no accident: two men on motorcycles attached a bomb to the car of a University Professor who had been working at a key nuclear facility. Even corporate media representative MSNBC is running a title which includes “Israel accused.”
Ya think? The headline should have read, “Israel and America responsible,” since statements from both countries have only led to the conclusion that both countries want the world to know who is responsible.
The West has made no secret about using tactics such as this to intimidate Iran into complying with their unreasonable and morally unjust demands.
One look at any of the GOP debates showed a hawkish clan (minus Ron Paul) promising unending devotion to Israel, while embracing pre-emptive war and even covert killings in order to destabilize the nuclear ambitions of a sovereign country.
Newt Gingrich could not have been clearer when he said on the national stage:
First of all, maximum covert operations to block and disrupt the Iranian program, including taking out their scientists, including breaking up their systems, all of it covertly, all of it deniable . . . Second, maximum coordination with the Israelis in a way which allows them to maximize their impact in Iran.
OK, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (sorry) to figure this one out. This announcement by one of the chief architects of the NeoCon philosophy of no-holds-barred American exceptionalism clearly was meant to be an open threat, mafia style, since Iranian scientists already had died prior to this statement, and surely more deaths would come. Hardly covert, then.
The reality is that this has been going on for some time. The style of the latest motorcycle bomb attack is exactly what took place back in November of 2010, when Tehran accused the U.S. and Israel of employing hit squads. The Guardian reported:
The attackers rode up on motorcycles and stuck bombs to the windows of the scientists’ cars as they were leaving their homes in Tehran on the way to work. Seconds later the bombs detonated.
The attacks were similar to the assassination in January of Masoud Ali Mohammadi, an expert on particle physics, killed by a remote-control bomb strapped to a motorcycle as he was leaving his Tehran home on his way to work. (Source)
Another indication that nothing is meant to be truly hidden is that the corporate media is actually running fairly detailed coverage, and continues to speculate that the U.S. and Israel are indeed behind the assassinations.
ABC charted a bit of the recent history by opening their article, “Who is Killing Iran’s Nuclear Scientists” this way:
The Americans deny everything.
The Israelis also deny everything — but with a smile, according to a senior U.S. official. (Source)
Wink, wink. One mafia kingpin to another.
What makes the targeted assassinations particularly appalling is that Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, has clearly stated that Iran is not developing a nuclear weapon, but he still apparently feels that killing human beings is A-OK, because, hey, you never know what these people are capable of.
So we have to conclude that we have entered a surreal time in our nation’s history, where leaders of the democratic “free world” announce strong-arm actions fit for third world dictators right on national TV, fulfill their promises, and corporate media is still speculating about who could be responsible — with a wink, of course.