A Two-Edged Sword

by craig on January 11, 2012 11:58 pm in Uncategorized

There is a superficial attraction to resorting to assassination to prevent the development of a nuclear weapon. To take the heat of Israel/Iran out of the subject, it is tempting to think it would have been good if North Korea’s nuclear programme had been disrupted by such means.

But once you abandon the framework of legality, you have no grounds to complain if your opponent reacts in the same manner. The notion of “good terrorism” and “bad terrorism” is foolish. It reminds me that the media are very anxious actively to spread the idea that bombs in Syria are false flag operations by President Assad, but were scoffing when my on the spot investigation of the actual evidence immediately on the scene revealed that the so called Islamic Jihad Union bombings in Uzbekistan were almost certainly a false flag operation of President Karimov – very probably with the connivance of the CIA.

To start a competition in assassinating scientists seems to me an extraordinarily foolish thing for Israel, with its large and widespread scientific community. There are reasons to worry about Iran’s nuclear intentions, though nuclear armed and militarily aggressive Israel has no moral standing to be the country asking the questions. But street assassinations are not going to do anything but make the problems worse.

Of course, if war is the intention, these murders are entirely rational.

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  1. I disagree strongly with the first paragraph. The one thing that justifies the mourning of the crowds of North Koreans, to my mind, is that Kim Jong-il managed to secure the country’s defences, where Saddam, Gadaffi etc failed. Of course, it’s a pity NK is in such a mess, and so friendless, but at least the people aren’t dodging Yankee helicopters, washing DU out of their hair and picking up the dismembered corpses of their children.

  2. The oxymoronic phrase, “good terrorism”, powerfully reminds me of another Israeli invention: “enlightened occupation” or “כיבוש נאור” (kibush na’or).

    I’ve been arguing with otherwise rational Israelis about the stability of this concept since the early 1980s, through two Intifadas, the purported “end of history”, and what seems a whole lot like the beginning of WWIII. The people who still use that word are adamant that this “enlightened occupation” can be done, and that Israel should try harder and harder to do it.

    People are strange.

  3. Who is inthe best position to put motorcycles alongside cars and attach bombs to them in the centre of a crowded and geavily-policed city but the Iranian government? The Iranian government claims that the people killed were nuclear physicists is no more reliable than any of the Iranian government’s other claims.

  4. “if war is the intention, these murders are entirely rational.”
    How so?
    Murdering civilians prior to the launch of war hardly gains one the moral high ground.
    To assume the character of an international terrorist can do little for the morale of one’s own side, while it turns millions of the uncommitted against you.
    A dozen years ago, the United States was among the most popular and influential countries in the World, today, because of its own actions and those actions of Israel that it has enabled and supported, the United States is surely the most hated countries in the World.
    This transformation has surely greatly undermined American influence in the World, while it has led to the creation of the BRIC block that is consolidating into a powerful adversary.
    America’s use of terror abroad and descent into tyranny at home is surely confirms that those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

  5. Dick the Prick

    12 Jan, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Meh! How valid is any of the info? All these recent coalition politicians, that you have no time for Craig! had to go under the banner of economic binary. A good race row passes time. How many ways can you spell Presbyterian? Wankers

  6. If the Israelis won’t say a word in their own defense against the Iranians accusations – of killing them! (While being threatened ,sanctioned and surrounded by threatening armies) What does that silence MEAN?
    In the case that the Iranian government are faking this, Israeli silence would assist the deception. But the Iranians don’t need to kill their own people to make them believe they are under attack -they are under attack.

  7. Nuclear weapons cannot be magiced out of thin air. This takes supreme scientific, engineering and industrial effort. Iranians scientists and engineers, certainly the ones I have interacted with over the years, have no love for their regime. But by assassinating them it becomes “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”. So, if you are suspected of being an Iranian nuclear scientist you are liable to be murdered. If you foot drag on the work you could also be set up, thus making you immensely useful is a deceased propaganda object. Shamefully, Newt Gingrich advocated murdering Iranian scientists on the campaign trail. This is a very foolish policy.

    There is one easily attainable, tangible measure that could be done that could facilitate degrading Iranian scientific capabilities – even without opening formal links with the Iranian government. Make it easier for Iranian scientists and engineers to get out, particularly to pursue PhDs as well as work as post-doctoral researchers or visiting faculty at our universities. Maybe children of key Iranian nuclear scientists, even these individuals themselves, could be tempted to come. In analogy, Germany losing many of its best scientists in the 1930s deprived the Nazis of their ability to develop nuclear weapons. So why not offer Iranian scientists, and their families, a route out? Play this right and you could do this for a fraction of the cost of the Tomahawk cruise missiles that would be used in any attack. But such a policy would require actual intelligent thinking, that seems to be in incredibly short supply.

  8. “But such a policy would require actual intelligent thinking”
    Like what you have there? Or are you missing the clue? – that Irans enemies dont mind its nuclear research, in the slightest – Irans enemies are armed to the Nuclear TEETH with every kind of death and destruction machine, and they are praying for the day when they get to let rip and send yet another foreign country “back to the stoneage”

  9. Hydraargyrum

    12 Jan, 2012 - 3:50 am

    Unfortunately, I can’t argue your point.

  10. Appreciated’ It is a big idea that the deathmongers are stupid, it must be true on some moral levels but rarely so for ruthless efficiency, i fear.

  11. “But once you abandon the framework of legality, you have no grounds to complain if your opponent reacts in the same manner.” – It depends.
    If the whale behaves badly and afterwards the minnow does, the whale can complain by dominance of its size. It won’t sit idly by and tolerate reciprocal behavior. It will simply use it’s weight to crush the minnow. This is what International law does. It puts lesser countries in chains while the big boys only pretend to wear such chains, and then the fancy takes it uses its free hands to do whatever the hell it likes.

    International law is a sham. The prominence of its effect should lie with the greatest offenders, the big bad counties, before anyone else – IF its intent was actually serious.

    It isn’t.

  12. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta let slip on Sunday the big open secret that Washington war hawks don’t want widely known: Iran is not developing nuclear weapons.


  13. Roger who implies that the murder yesterday was an Iranian inside jopb needs to wake up from his slumber.
    In Haaretz
    10.01.12 UN nuclear inspectors to visit Iran ‘soon,’ IAEA official says
    Western diplomats see Iran initiatives for dialogue with UN as a means to buy time for its nuclear program, without heeding demands to curb activity that could be put to making atomic bombs.
    By Reuters
    There is also the matter of two unexplained deaths in Vienna for which there was no resolution as far as I have been able to see. There are links to the cases in the comments.

  14. O/T Another cover up is imminent.

    MI5 and MI6 ‘cleared’ over torture claims
    Binyam Mohamed accused MI5 of complicity in his torture.
    British spies will be cleared in a number of cases of alleged complicity in the torture of detainees abroad, the BBC understands.
    Scotland Yard and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are to issue a joint statement on Thursday.
    It follows an investigation into the conduct of officers from MI5 and MI6.

  15. If you want to destroy Iranian science, just introduce feminism to their university departments. It worked for Britain and America, just ask the KGB.

  16. Israeli scientists all over the world must now be worried about reciproke actions of this three year cam,paign of assassinations. Israel has form in this, breaching sovereign territories to kidnap, bomb or assassinate.

    That Iran as yet has not responded in kind says a lot abouit its brevity and civility. Tell us again Mr. Panetta, IRAN IS NOT DEVELOPING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

  17. Israel has a terrible record of human rights. Mordechai Vanunu, who served an 18 year prison sentence for telling the truth about Israeli’s nuclear weapons is still under virtual house arrest.
    As for murdered scientists most people are not convinced that Dr David Kelly’s death was suicide. Which brings me to the point that the epetition calling for the resignation of Dominic Grieve has now reached 415 about 400 more than those calling for the resignation of Nick Clegg.

  18. I greatly wish that nuclear weapons had never been invented at all, but they have and so be it. As far as who we should fear possessing them, well, the USA is the only country so far that has shown the willingness to and has deployed them, in the instances it did at Hiroshima and Nagasaki it is highly questionable that they ever needed to at all given that the Japanese air force and navy was crippled, the Japanese had nowhere to go but surrender and there is good reason to believe were making steps in that direction through Russia, so the USA dropped those bombs as little more than an experiment and grand gesture of their superiority. So if track records are anything to go by, the USA is one country I pretty much wish did not possess them because they exhibited such desire to use them before. But in all sincerity how on earth can anyone expect the smaller countries not to want to possess them, they are out gunned by all those that have and ultimately through that imbalance are susceptible and vulnerable to being bullied and abused. The Middle East looked on and saw in Iraq what happens when the big bully boy US and coalition forces decides it wants to invade another country, the CIA itself reported that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction to be found and they could not after serious investigation link him to any terrorist organising, funding or activities even remotely connected with 9/11, the reality is that had Saddam had weapons of mass destruction it probably would have been the only thing that would have prevented the US and coalition from bombing his country back into the stone age. The only way to remove the threat of a nuclear holocaust is for a worldwide removal of them from all countries and it is absurd for those countries that possess them to continue to whilst forbidding all others, save those they choose to sanction, to have them at all. If a very large man stands at my door in a threatening manner, making demands of what I have and declaring I should comply whilst brandishing a large piece of wood, then should I open the door and wiggle my finger at him whilst saying no its unlikely to be much of a deterrent, my only possible defensive response is to wield a large piece of wood myself,,,,, but,,,,,, whose fault is it that pieces of wood are being brandished in the first place, mine because I felt compelled to answer like with like for defence, or the big guy who was brandishing the piece of wood in the first place? You either remove nuclear weapons total, or you have to be kidding if you think that those without them will be content to continue being prone to obliteration without the ability to respond in kind.

  19. Whatever the Zionist controlled media say, or the UK government say about military matters, is definitely falsification.
    So we have a double negative, i.e. false, false flag terrorism.
    It is my opinion that the sniping in Syria is being done by UK special forces, and that Iraq-style market-place bombs are placed by US special forces. These are the well-known specialist techniques of these two countries.
    Mr Assad appears not to understand that the UK in London is one thing, and in the Middle East is another thing. The UK and US are sponsoring an insurrection like the one in Libya by indigenous rebels and so-called Al Qaida forces in order to place Syria under a known and controllable entity, the Muslim Brotherhood.
    If Syria was left to Assad there is a danger that it would lead to genuine Islamic reform. What a no-no to neighbouring Israel.
    Nobody is doubting that the Muslim Brotherhood are Muslim. It’s just that they have drunk so much political poison under the expiring 40 year old Middle Eastern dictatorships that they are now immune. They spy, they lie, they punish and imprison. Politics is the antithesis of Islam, and the antithesis of freedom in my vision of the religion.

  20. JimmyGiro, I did not understand what you meant?? All I know
    In Iran, the number of Female science graduates/engineers are almost as high as the number of male graduates, and some of heavy industries in Iran employ engineers of the fairer sex.
    Craig : your blog today reminded me of what went on in Iran at the time of revolution. There was a cinema in Abadan, and a fire started , every door was locked and no-one of the 400 0r so viewer survived. The people called it Kebab House of Pahlavi. It became clear later on that it was the work of revolutionaries, causing 400 deaths for the good of revolution and blaming the regime. So to sum it up, I think right now is difficult to ascertain who is responsible for bombing, it could be either side blaming the other. Sad thing is that as usual the innocents are the victims.

  21. Regarding Binyan Mohammed

    If there is any guilt it will of course be a few rogue officers

  22. Uzbek in the UK

    12 Jan, 2012 - 9:39 am

    It is not just about ‘good terrorists’ and ‘bad terrorists’. It is still pretty much about ‘sons of a bitches’ ours and theirs.

    It is unlikely that Iran will kill its own nuclear scientist especially the supervisor in the Busher. It is most likely comes from Israel as despite its cold relationship with Iran it has penetrated Iranian intelligence deeply. It might have been done with the assistance of the CIA or even MI6. But we will not know about it for a while.
    This looks like provocative action that aimed on Iran’s response which if happens could result in more broadly offence from US/UK/Israel.

  23. The bombings in Uzbekistan, blamed on Jihadists; the bombings in Syria, blamed on the “USA-Al-Qaeda alliance”; the bombing of the Iranian scientist, blamed on Mossad; the Moscow Theatre massacre, blamed on Chechens. Could they ALL be done by murderous governments to support their own case? Could be.

  24. How long has the West/Israel been threatening Iran? Could all of these ‘assassinations’ and sabre rattling be theatrically staged WITH the cooperation of Iran to keep the price of oil high during the recession????

  25. Uzbek in the UK

    12 Jan, 2012 - 9:54 am

    @ Canspessy,
    I would not bid all my money on BRIC.
    BRIC is certainly interesting conglomerate. First two nations B and R are acting as natural recourses suppliers to the last two nations I and C that are rich with human resources. Whereas it look like very impressive combination for a successful cooperation that should certainly benefit all BRIC participants, however; one key element is still missing. The key element is actually a market where goods produced by I and C from natural recourses of B and R are to be sold. Looking at the history of economy one thing is certain that successful economic development is only possible when both resources and markets are secured.
    And this is not to mention a wide range of problems and quite strained relationship amongst some of the BRIC nations.

  26. http://intelnews.org/2012/01/11/01-906/ Israeli mossad training Kurdish terrorists in northern Iraq .

  27. John G: the link to causes.com doesn’t work – requires a FB login. This works, though:


  28. Tosatfortea, thanks for that, but should we have not expected this, the US annual contribution, some 400 million dollar, is solely spent on undermining Iran.

    lets go back three decades, then it was our stooge Osama that was trained in black op arts, time and time again we see intelligence agencies train people who then eventually turn against their trainers. Who says Iran has not sent out a few chaps to join those to be trained?
    This will reflect badly on the Kurds.
    Once again the last two days have been punctured with tarining in the skies, it does not look like Hague’s has changed his mind.
    If we go to war, whilst cutting benefits to the disabled and cancer sufferers, dare I speak about provisions for our OAP’, then this country deserves a revolt.

  29. @Quelcrime – I concur with your thought process, but not sure if I agree – if that makes any sense? It has occurred to me most strongly that North Korea is a “good” example of how acquiring nuclear weapons technology will keep aggressors (U.S.) at bay. But how can I (we?) square this with our left/liberal attachment to disarmament and non-proliferation?

  30. Thanks Jon, sorry about that.

  31. Jon
    As John Lennon said when asked about his wealth, in a capitalist society you have to be a capitalist to survive. Likewise in a world with aggressive nuclear-armed powers you may need to have nukes to survive. Now we see the consequences of disarmament in Iraq (involuntary) and Libya (voluntary), we can’t expect any country to do it unless they are happy to be protected by a powerful friend.
    Nuclear disarmament has to start with the US. Obama made the right noises but they were just noises.
    Having said that I don’t see why the UK needs them, though if we ever have an enlightened government we may be glad of them when talking to the Americans about Diego Garcia, and Lakenheath, and Mildenhall and so on.

  32. I’m sure North (and South) Koreans remember this:
    While estimates of Korean War deaths are mainly guesswork, the three-year conflict is widely believed to have taken 3 million lives, about half of them civilians. The sizable civilian toll was partly due to the fact that the country’s population is among the world’s densest and the war’s front lines were often moving.

    (For context, the population of Korea in 1950 was about 30 million.)

  33. I wonder how Israel, or the United States, would react if Iranian agents where killing their scientists on the streets of Washington or Tel Aviv?

    The war against Iran has already begun. One could argue that the war between Iraq and Iran was part of a failed attempt to topple the Iranian Islamic Revolution of behalf of the West, an attempt that failed, yet it did stop the revolution spreading, and had the secondary advantage of severely weakening Iraq, if one ever needed to change the regime there.

    Increasingly the West is attempting to strangle the Iranian economy and promote unrest in the country that way. This is clearly a form of economic warfare which is often and usually the precursor to a military conflict.

    It’s seems that Israel and the US want to force or provoke Iran into war so they can launch a massive military attack on a “lawful” and “legitimate” basis. Will the Iranians swallow the bait? It’s hard to tell. They would be very unwise to do so.

    But if they are attacked anyway should they retaliate against the US fleet in the Persian Gulf and US interests in the region? They could cause severe damage to the Americans and kill thousands of US servicemen in response to an attack, but would this be wise? Isn’t it better to take their punishment and the lesson it provides; that independence and confrotation with the West is counter-productive and compliance is a better strategy if one wants to avoid levels of destruction comparable to those in Iraq and Libya. But the Iranians are an old and proud people, abandoning their independence and bowing to foreign diktats is a high price to pay for peace and prosperity.

    But the regime has to retaliate in some way to an attack on its territory. It cannot be seen to be totally impotent, but how much retaliation will the Americans accept without launching a devastating onslaught on Iran in return? How does one make that calculation? What’s acceptable in Iran may not be acceptable in Washington.

    But if the Iranians think the US is going all-out for regime change and not just a ritual punishment to set an example, what does it have to loose if it sees its survival threatened?

    This is where things could go very wrong indeed and lead us towards full-scale war and it spreading out wider perhaps dragging in Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, India, China, and even Russia. Is it really worth it? Why even risk WW3 to combat a non-existant nuclear threat from Iran?

    But the “prize” of cutting Iran down to size is very tempting. Rolling back the “threat” of radical Islam. Control of the Middle East’s oil and gas reserves with no powerful opposition left standing. Securing Israel for decades. Undermining the last vestages of resistance to Israel across the region. Isolating Pakistan even further. Cutting off 20% of China’s oil imports if needed. Teaching the Russians a lesson. Moving further into the Asian heartland. Preparing the ground for an eventual conflict with China, which is seen as the Big One in Washington… the list goes on. Sure, it’s a gamble, but hey, who dares… wins?

  34. Good news John about your petition. I am trying to get a transcript of the Nicol’s ‘judgement’ as those of us who were put in the gallery, up a narrow winding stone staircase even though some people were disabled, could not hear or see a thing. A large court had been requested apparently but only the legal teams and about 20 members of the public could sit in the court. Talk about justice being seen to be done. What about hearing it done too?
    IMHO the Royal Courts of Justice, a neo Gothic pile, is in urgent need of demolition when I compare the facilities offered to Leveson for his enquiry to those of Court 3. A farce and a shambles worthy of the Victorian era.

  35. It seems that the latest assassination is aiming at ‘much more’. http://www.lobelog.com/whoever-killed-the-scientist-was-aiming-at-much-more/

  36. O/T but important

    West Turns Blind Eye to Torture in Uzbekistan
    Jim Lobe
    WASHINGTON, 13 Dec (IPS) – Despite its formal adoption of due-process reforms in 2008, the government of Uzbekistan under President Islam Karimov continues to practice torture routinely, and the situation may be worsening, according to a major new report released here and in Berlin Tuesday.
    But western governments are turning a blind eye to the abuse, in large part due to Uzbekistan’s strategic importance as a transport hub for supplies and troops that NATO is sending to neighbouring Afghanistan, according to the 104-page report.
    The report, among other recommendations, urges the West to impose sanctions against specific government entities and individuals responsible for abuses.

    As if Obomber and Cameron are going to impose sanctions on Karimov.

  37. Quelcrime

    It is a recurring theme with you that even the most vicious of tyrants are somehow redeemed by being anti-American. It is not a sensible approach, unless your objections to America are not based on opposition to vciousness or tyranny. Those are the US policy traits I deplore – and are well exemplified in North Korea.

  38. Uzbek in the UK

    12 Jan, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    Yes, it is New Cold War plus Israeli lobby in Washington. But the real target is China (Chinese economy). And on the other hand let’s face it, in the Middle East Iran is not liked by few others and not only Israel. Most of the Arab nations do not trust Iran and Saudis in particular see Iran as adversary and not as an ally. Sunni – Shia division in Islam is yet again proving to benefit those who first against Muslim nations.
    I would not bid on that possible war with Iran will drug Russia and China. Russia will be bought off (promised some future concessions or acceptance of Putin’s new presidency as legitimate) and China will unlikely risk its economic development at this stage (China is not yet ready for open confrontation with the US). China has few other ways of getting needed energy resources and not at least from Central Asia. Both Russia and China will rather wait and see how US is drugging itself in yet another unwinnable conflict spending yet more borrowed money.

  39. Mary, thanks for your comment. I am in contact with some of those who helped put the case together, and they don’t think justice was seen to be done. I am also getting messages that people have tried, and are trying, to sign the petition without success (one person tried three times before eventual success). Those who complain receive a message saying that it can take up to 7 days to receive a confirmation email. The email contains this text.
    “In cases where confirmation e-mails have not been received, you may find the following steps helpful.
    1) Check any spam or junk mail folders
    2) Attempt to resign the petition. The site should give you an error message which states that your address has already been used if the confirmation e-mail has been sent. Occasionally e-mail addresses are entered incorrectly, which can be the cause of not receiving a confirmation.
    3) Allow up to 7 days to receive the confirmation e-mail. In some rare cases when there is a technical problem sending the e-mail, the automated system will attempt to resend the e-mail.”
    This is an epetition the Attorney General’s office does not want to succeed. Because of disbelief from some quarters that there are so few signatures (currently 427) I intend to write to find out what auditing takes place. If the confirmation email is directed to a junk mail box (and believe me they have that capability) not everyone will complain.

  40. Writeon. You are advocating Yellowness. Far better than Iran (or the next victim on the list) to just sit there and accept all the skullduggery done upon it is for the damn lazy citizens in the US UK etc to get off their asses and sac the places of power that is bestowing these dirty wars and assassination with impunity.

  41. Dear Yellowpearl,

    I’m not actually advocating anything in relation to Iran. I’d prefer the Iranians to be left alone to sort out their own internal affairs, and I’d rather the US and Israel didn’t attack them, based on a pack of lies, distoritions, and exaggerations about Iran’s non-existant nuclear weapons building programme. Even Panetta, the American defence minister recently stated that Iran was not building nuclear weapons, but that it was developing a “potential” to possibly build such weapons at some in the future. So clearly, based on their own words, the American leadership is preparing to go to war with Iran premptively, attacking them for something they might do in the future.

    This kind of war is sickeningly illegal and an international crime. The international community should be criticising the US and Israel and threatening them with economic sanctions, not Iran. Why can’t we consider economic sanctions aimed at the US, stopping them from going to war, as WW3 would have terrible consequences for the whole world and not just Iran and the surrounding area.

    The question for me is, what is Iran’s best and most rational strategy for survival as an independent and unified state, what should it do if it’s attacked by the Americans and Israel? Remember both Israel and the United States have hundreds of nuclear weapons in the region, and Iran has none. In an all out war Iran cannot defeat the Americans if they begin to use nuclear weapons, which is what they would do if their forces were in danger of losing.

    So Iran has to be careful, very careful. It’s no use being brave and standing up for your rights and national pride, if that means your country is destroyed and cut into pieces, like the Americans have done in Iraq. The American rulers are totally ruthless and have utter contempt for human life in Iran. If they had to slaughter millions of Iranians in order to topple the Islamic regime, they would do it without a second thought, like stamping on an ants. Iranians are like ants to them.

    I think the Americans will try to provoke Iran into a war, one way or another. Provoke Iran into firing the first shots, somehow, then they’ll blast them to pieces in reply, and if the Iranians resist and defend themselves, which they have a right to, the Americans will attack and bomb them even more viciously.

    The Iranians are in a difficult position. Iraq is under seige. The Americans and their empiral provinces are attempting to slowly strangle Iran through economic sanctions, also known as economic warfare. When Iraq is really weak, like Iraq, the Americans could invade the country and topple the regime. So what should Iran do wait until it’s so weak it won’t be able to fight off foreign intervention, or does it attempt to break the blockade now while it still has strength left and force a confrontation with the US? Either way the Iranians are in a difficult situation, no?

  42. Dehumanising the enemy state, is with a view to paving the way for the impending destruction of the enemy nation/towns/cities/society. This step is in aid of suppressing and quelling the outrage of the values; decencies and sensibilities of the constituents of the aggressor nations.
    The vile anchors of “regime”, “undemocratic”, “targeted killing”, etc. having been set in place then homilies of; “although I disagree with ….. (fill in as applicable) regime, I must say …..bla, …… Bollocks, … etc.”
    All the while in fact condoning the mass murder and slaughter of innocent human beings in far away places. The inaction of the good men, and their silence is an all too apparent collusion in mass murder by the way of joint enterprise, ie they were there , and they did nothing to stop it.
    In Iran a young man going about his business is murdered in cold blood, by getting blown apart, and there ensues the pontification, with none outraged at the inhumanity and cowardice of such criminal conduct.
    However these people can be rest assured that sooner than later someone will be pissing on their corpses too , criminal conduct once set as standard will hardly discriminate between friend or foe.

  43. Netanyahu benefitted from the assassination and it is he who is putting pressure on Obama to act up. The troop movements to Israel show that there has been a long term plan to attack. This action was tool to stop everyone talking.

  44. Writeon,
    The deception of falling towers, the massacre in Iraq, the torture of girls and boys in Abu Graib, the genocide in Palestine and the complicity by the Western powers with states that boil people alive has ensnared Britain and America into an inevitable and ruinous departure from power and control. This by the power of intention of their own populace, a commonality of enlightened societies whose power resides in community and communication as witnessed here and a million more weblogs.
    I was visibly shaken by this enlightenment when addressing +16yrs students from Walton High. By a mix of pragmatism and ideology, a strange oxymoron, their minds have mastered the transparency of Western plots, webs of deception and government denials of torture, false-flag and illegal wars.
    The stark reality they has remained with me from that debate was that the students believed without exception that war is inevitable, a cutthroat execution to destroy so called ‘enemies’ of the Western farcical and perverted egalitarianism.

  45. Wahsington’s overall imperial strategy seems to be very simple on the surface, and incredibly ruthless, bloody, hypocritical, and destructive.

    They want to smash every possible nuetral, or independent, or potentially competive, rival, source of power, to pieces; thereby weakening them and making them far easy to control. It’s known as devide and rule, and is as old as imperialism itself.

    The strategy in the Middle East appears to be to start a regional war between the Sunis and the Shia.

    Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq have been partially dismembered already and the map of the region is being redrawn once more by the powerful, Western, imperialist, powers. Whether Washington will succeed in this endevour is debatable, as nearly every person from the Middle East I’ve talked to is perfectly aware of what’s happening.

    Iran is all that’s standing in the way of virtual total American dominance of the Middle East, and as this “prize” is of incalcuable value and stratgic importance, changing the regime in Iran, one way or another, would seem to be a forgone conclusion.

    Funnily enough I read a purported interview with Henry Kissenger today, where the old war-criminal quipped that if one didn’t hear the banging of the war drum, one must be deaf!

  46. Well put Writeon – The ‘awareness’ you describe to me is key to unraveling this ruthless deception of divide and rule before it has a chance to consolidate. Already I have uncovered that Iranian dissidents in the UK are being convinced that Iran’s leaders are murdering it’s own scientists, or those that have failed to sell themselves to Western intelligence.
    Some senior Iranian dissidents who arrived in the UK to escape the brutal SAVAK are now members of ‘The National Council of Resistance of Iran’ and some are engaged with British intelligence. The UK group however has been infiltrated and we know (much like Ahmed Chalabi and the INC) are exaggerating or making up stories of WMD and diversion of enriched uranium to make bombs as well as fabricating stories of the ‘mullah’ regime assassinating Iranian nuclear experts.

  47. One can tell what a mickey mouse nuclear project Iran is running byt the way they have arranged security for their staff. Even me working for a bank is expected to take precautions when going to/from work, answering phoine at home, and driving. I also have a special number to call if I suspect that I am under “unfriendly” surveilance i.e vehicles following me etc.

    Iran government should take itself serious and protect their civilian workers.

  48. 12.01.12
    Israel is pushing U.S. toward Iran war, Russian official says
    Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Kremlin’s Security Council, warns Iran could retaliate by blocking oil shipments from the Gulf.
    By Reuters and Eli Shvidler

    Russia fears Israel will push the United States into a military conflict with Iran which could retaliate by blocking oil shipments from the Gulf, a confidant of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
    “There is a likelihood of military escalation of the conflict, towards which Israel is pushing the Americans,” Nikolai Patrushev, who heads the Kremlin’s Security Council, told Interfax news agency.
    He also said he believes Western countries are getting close to launching a military intervention in Syria, in an attempt to undermine Iran’s regional standing.
    Patrushev, a former head of the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB, said Tehran could respond by blocking the Strait of Hormuz between Oman and Iran, through which 35 percent of the world’s seaborne traded oil passes.

  49. Young One,
    Your name and details have not been passed onto IAEA, so you can rant as much as you like. Whence the whole regimen of “oversight” of “IAEA Inspections” is an extension of the US et al foreign policy apparatus. Compounded with the disgraceful behaviour of the current head of IAEA; Yukiya Amano, that is bordering on criminal. No amounts of security will save the lives of the innocent civilians who are going about their lawful business.

  50. Uzbek in UK : I never suggested that Iranian government kills its own scientist! what I was referring to that at time the so called revolutionaries whether in Iran or elsewhere, act just like security forces (ie a bomb here and there) and then blame the other party.
    Mark Golding : the group you mentioned I believe now have quite few of MKO people in there. They are absolutely despised by majority in Iran, (pro and anti government). Some of these people were the one who fought for Sadaam and butchered the Kurds and Shia in Iraq, and fought on side of Iraq during Iran/Iraq war. Not only Iranian but I believe many in ME, do not trust these kind of organizations who are outside and want to change things from afar, specially as we all know they collaborate with western spy agencies.
    When things change they will change from within. I believe the son of old Shah Reza Pahlavi already given up on the idea that he is going to be the next ruler and these morons in UK should take note too.

  51. The assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientists reminded me of Frederick Forsyth’s novel “The Fist of God”. If the portrait it paints is true, such assassinations are approved by the Israeli government, but every case a clear verbal warning has to be given; hints like postcards with drawings coffins on them won’t do. Perhaps a Persian-speaking agent gave such a warning to the Iranian scientist, who responded in a manner that caused the warner to answer, ‘What have I done, that you should speak to me so disrespectfully?’ And the rest, as they say, is history.

  52. PS. I wonder if Mossad would use Iranian anti-regime elements to do their dirty work for them.

  53. Abe Rene,
    What fist of god and warning? These cowards go around killing the civilians for no other reasons than going about their business.
    Isreal has 400 nuclear and thermonuclear ie hydrogen bombs and delivery systems that include; aircraft, missiles with (sort/long/intercontinental) range, cruise missiles, and submarine born secondary retaliatory capability, ie after Isreal is dust it can still strike back with the nukes from submarines.
    US has no less than umpteen thousand nukes tactical and strategics ie small enough to hit/strike/use in Fallujah as well as big enough to turn a city into rubble and a dust pile.
    Now these lunatics are so afraid of a couple of would be/could be/possibly nukes in Iran? IN fact so afraid, they are killing their scientists. Give me a break this is yet another act of war, and an obvious attempt in intimidation of the Iranians. However, when this game gets out of hand and WWIII kick starts, where will the Isreali settlers will be running to? How will US cope with the bombs falling around their cities and towns? So far no one has even mentioned the miserable and none existent; preparations, infrastructures, systems for a big shindig, because everyone is so confident that the weak shall get a kicking and bullies will get away with it.
    The lunatics who dare win is their motto, have so far got away lucky, so pushing their luck is a mandatory, without so much as a hint of thinking; how long will their luck hold?

  54. This should be unproductive, as you are operating from a patently false premise used for decades to pose those hosting nuclear disarmament conferences and subjecting their civilian power facilities to outside inspection.
    What part of getting fuel and technical support from Russia escapes your attention ? Didn’t the Cuban Missile Crisis establish their credentials as people who knew how to deal with nuclear threats in their back yard ?
    The nuclear facility at Bushehr was the focus of a considerable amount of controversy, especially in the United States. The reactor was being built under an agreement between the Russian and Iranian governments for $800-million. Although originally intended to be the location of a German-built reactor in the 1970s, the new reactor was to be built to Russian design specifications, though the original reactor buildings exterior appearance would remain essentially the same. There were two reactors at Bushehr, one was in an advanced stage of completion the other had not been worked on for some time and was not scheduled to be completed as of 2006.

    Iran was a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), though it had not ratified two ADDITIONAL protocols
    ( Signed the treaty – and was not interested in being flim flammed out of the meagre consideration it had afforded )
    The Leon Penetta link debunking the tale has already appeared on this thread.
    Here are the Talking Points

  55. As to the identity of the assassins, or terrorists, who planted the sophisticated magnetic bomb that killed the Iranian scientist and his unlucky driver, one can probably narrow it down to elements from the Kurdish minority inside Iran who have a dream of creating a free Kurdistan.

    It’s relatively well-known that there are thousands of American mercenaries and military personel in the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq who are training the fledgling nation’s military. What’s perhaps less well-known is that there are many Israeli advisors there too. It would make sense to use, and pay, Kurdish assassins as they would blend in more easily than using Israelis, which, if they were caught, might prove embarrassing.

    I’ve a hunch that many of the “terrorist” outrages which are happeining inside Iraq, in order to distabilize and cause ethnic tension and strife between the Sunnis and Shia, also have the same orgins and backers.

  56. “Kurdish minority inside Iran who have a dream of creating a free Kurdistan.”
    This is simply not true. Turkish Kurds and Iraqi Kurds did/do not have the same autonomy as the Iranian Kurds.
    However, Iraqi Kurdistan has been a base for various Isreali operatives posing as “natives” buying up tracts of lands, and playing host to clandestine operation against; Iran, Turkey, Syria.
    Have you read about the arrests of four US personnel implicated on “terror” attacks in Baghdad?

  57. Can anyone verify how many foreign Jewish zionist ambassadors are there in Tel Aviv?

    So far we have;
    Mat Gould of Tel Aviv from UK
    Dan Shapiro of Tel Aviv from US

    “We’ve said and I say again that all options are open … President (Barack) Obama clearly and consistently says that he will do everything and resort to all necessary means to prevent Iran from producing nuclear weapons, and he means every word,” Shapiro said in an interview with the Hebrew-language daily Ma’ariv, Xinhua reported.
    Every option includes; murdering Iranian university lecturers, scientists, as well as Nuking a none nuclear Iran.,
    Lunatics running the asylum are running a mock.

  58. boniface goncourt

    13 Jan, 2012 - 12:57 am

    Check the Girlyman ‘cif’ website, where a creepy tory apparatchik named Cummings celebrates this terrorist murder as ‘bold and creative’. Must remember that soundbyte next time the Iswailis blub about twopenny squibs from Gaza landing in their bagel plantations. I suppose Cummings won’t mind if, next time he starts his car, he is boldly and creatively despatched to Holocaust Heaven.

  59. Israel, like the bully in the playground or the spoiled little girl in Willy Wonka craves attention .Except when they are up to no good.
    Israel has been very quiet of late !!!

  60. Santorum says there’s a US program to kill Iranian scientists and dead ones are a wonderful thing
    1 minute of jaw dropping evil

  61. Why I am not surprised!

    Former IAEA official questions Iran evidence
    A crucial document pointing to recent weapons work is suspect, says a former UN weapons inspector


  62. Wrt the last sentence of Craig’s post, my view is that war is very much the intention.

  63. And wrt the argument that such assassinations will somehow damage the reputation of Israel/US, well, Israel swaggers publicly about its ability to assassinate whosover it chooses, anywhere in the world. That is partly how it establishes it reputation. Remember the hit in the Dubai hotel of the Palestinian official/arms-dealer? The MOSSAD assassination squad waved at the cameras. Assassination is partly a powerful psychological weapon (as well as having practical uses). And the events of the past decade have proved conclusively that the US MIC/MCC cares not a whit for its reputation. It is supported in everything it does by many internationally in any case. But it’s not about making friends, it’s about the use of hard power in pursuit of resource and strategic hegemony. People always make deals with the victor/hegemon. Victory buys its own reputation. The hegemon needs no friends, it needs only tribute in blood and gold.

  64. Furthermore, if Iran starts assassinating Israeli or Jewish scientsist in retaliation, that will simply provide yet another pretext for war – remember that the Begin Govt’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982 followed the attempted assassination of Schlomo Argov, the Israeli Ambassador to the UK by the Abu Nidal terrorist group, but the invasion had been planned for many months beforehand. It was alleged later (by Haaretz) that UK intelligence knew about the assassnation attempt beforehand, that an MI5 mole in Abu Nidal’s group had warned them it was coming but that MI5 had not done enough to prevent it. Sound familiar?
    So, war is coming, I’m afraid. Iran is damned whatever it does -that much has been obvious from the start. They will bomb them all – and, as the Pope said of the Albigensian Crusade, when asked how the soldiers would be able to tell the good from the evil, “Kill them all – God will choose”. And so, folks, very soon, coming to a cinema near you! Iraq, the Encore, ‘Iraq II: the Nuke Option’ – now a major feature film starring Bruce Willis and direcetd by Stephen Spielberg. With a cameo appearance by Sylvester Stallone!

  65. “Iran is our neighbor, and if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security,” Russia’s outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in the Belgian capital Brussels on Friday.
    Not forgetting China is going to be pretty ticked off too, then we can all look forward to the WWIII not the movie.

  66. Craig
    It is a recurring theme with you that even the most vicious of tyrants are somehow redeemed by being anti-American.

    I don’t follow you here. I wrote of Kim’s achievement in securing his country’s defences. Of course it would be nice if he could have run a liberal utopia at the same time as protecting his people from invasion. He didn’t.
    This isn’t a question of securing his country against liberation. Liberation isn’t on offer from Uncle Sam.

  67. Fedup: I would agree that the Israelis shouldn’t assume that their luck will last forever. For long term survival they need to change their attitude towards Palestinians and seek harmony with them.

    I myself wouldn’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons at its disposal. But I’m glad that I don’t have to make decisions about whether assassinations are necessary for ensuring national survival.

  68. boniface goncourt

    15 Jan, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Abe Rene

    The Palestinians are merely the current target. The only ‘harmony’ the ashkeNazis seek is the master race boot on the goy throat, forever.

  69. Iran’s nuclear scientists are not being assassinated. They are being murdered
    Killing our enemies abroad is just state-sponsored terror – whatever euphemism western leaders like to use
    Look at the photo on the Guardian article of the murdered scientist and his little boy. Heart breaking.

  70. The Iranians have a good sense of humour.

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