Daniel R. DePetris: The Political Docket

Did the Iranian Government Assassinate its Own Nuclear Scientist?

Posted in Iran by Dan on January 13, 2010

In Baghdad and Kabul, car-bombs and suicide-attacks are a common occurrence.  Government ministries, recreational centers, and hospitals are often targeted by Islamic insurgents in the hopes of rattling the population and weakening the national government.  In downtown Tehran however, an assault of this magnitude is so rare that it gets people’s attention rather quickly.

Yesterday morning, an Iranian nuclear physicist by the name of Massoud Ali Mohammadi– who also happens to be an advocate of the Iranian opposition- was killed by a car-bomb in front of his home.

If Mohammadi was a common pedestrian in the wrong place at the wrong time, we would not be having this conversation.  But his extensive relationship with the democratic opposition in Iran begs a certain controversial question; did the Iranian Government plan and sponsor the targeted assassination of an Iranian intellectual?

Was the Iranian Government responsible for Mohammadi’s death?  I have no idea, but the fact that some mainstream news publications are even raising this question shows how obsessed Americans are with Iran.

First it was the nuclear program and Iran’s “evil” desire to build up its own nuclear capability.  Then it was a belief that Tehran would actually go through with its plan of “wiping Israel of the map.”  Now, we are assuming that the ayatollah’s sanctioned an official assassination of an opposition figure.

Obviously Iran has its fair share of government-sponsored violence towards the democratic opposition.  The constant pictures of Iranian paramilitary guards pummeling peaceful protesters through television and twitter gives the world a graphic example of its militaristic behavior.  But let’s not jump to the conclusion that the clerical leadership ordered a targeted assassination.  If anything, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps would be a more realistic candidate; they have a vested interest in beating down dissent for their own political and (increasingly) commercial gains.

-Daniel R. DePetris

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  1. John Dough said, on January 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Of course they killed him as a final warning to Mousavi and the opposition. Mousavi is next then lookout all hell will break loose.

  2. enclaved said, on January 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    DePetris… I don’t believe the Ayatollahs sanction much of anything the IRG does. The Clerics and the IRG may agree on certain tactics, but the IRG makes the decisions in these type cases. Very much akin to the CIA doing something they believe needs to be done, without sanction. No one saw, heard, or knows anything about it! Ask no questions and I will tell you no lies. It has to be a very symbiotic relationship at the top in Iran.

  3. Jimmys Crackhorn said, on January 13, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    And who says the story you are getting isn’t rife with misleading propaganda to give the guy a slant our way? Never trust ANYTHING…not a SLIVER of a story that comes out of the Middle East. It is the most bullshite ridden part of the world that TRUTH abandoned centuries ago. No people can lie like people from the Middle East….they take the cake, starting in Tel Aviv, heading straight to Beirut, fading to Tehran, and then make a bee-line to Karachi where billions in bribe money to Pakistan have simply vanished. And who is complicit in these lies? The invisible space between all the dots is the C-I-A…..

  4. DonnerBoy said, on January 14, 2010 at 6:49 am

    I vote….Yes.

  5. Danni said, on January 14, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I think they did too.

  6. Tosser said, on January 14, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Iranians never assasinate by motorcycle-bomb. They kill by drive-by shooting.


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