Assassinations Boosting Nuclear Program

Killing nuclear scientists pushes people to side with military regime


Assassinations Boosting Nuclear Program
by Omid Memarian

The suspected assassination of yet another scientist linked to Iran’s nuclear program is renewing questions over whether such attempts will slow enrichment efforts, or push Iranian leaders to more aggressively pursue their nuclear ambitions.

But how is all this playing out in Iran?

On Wednesday, a Tehran bomb blast killed Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, who served as deputy director of commercial affairs at the Natanz nuclear facility. According to official Iranian media, a man on a motorcycle stuck a magnetic bomb to Roshan’s car as the 32-year-old was leaving his home. Two men who were accompanying Roshan were also injured in the blast. It marks the seventh attempt on the lives of Iran’s nuclear-program employees and the sixth death.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “categorically denied any U.S. involvement in any act of violence in Iran. “The United States had absolutely nothing to do with this,” stated Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council.

Iranian officials immediately pointed the finger at the U.S. and Israel. Just two months ago, when a deadly explosion at an Iranian missile complex caused the death of a top Iran commander and 16 others, a number of analysts did not rule out the possibility of foreign involvement and sabotage.

“Today on the nuclear energy scene, [the] U.S. and Zionism have chosen the lowest methods of blind assassination of our nuclear scientists, and think that with assassinating these scientists and making them martyrs they can prevent our nuclear advancement,” Rostam Ghasemi, Iran’s oil minister and a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said Thursday. “The martyrdom of our nuclear scientists leads to further commitment of our people and scientists to the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“I think the assassination of an Iranian citizen is a blatant act of terrorism perpetuated by experts in targeted assassinations, and it has to be categorically denounced,” Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University told The Daily Beast. “These scientists are national treasures. This is an egregious act of violation of many different rights, to infiltrate into a sovereign state and to assassinate its citizens.”

“The United Nations has to intervene. Any civilized country has to intervene. And the [Israelis] claim to be the only democracy in the region?! That’s insane!,” he added.

In the U.S., killing Iranian scientists in order to slow down Iran’s nuclear program has been a strategy advocated by a number of Republican presidential candidates.

At a campaign event in October, Rick Santorum endorsed the idea. “On occasion, scientists working on the nuclear program in Iran turn up dead. I think that’s a wonderful thing, candidly.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has also approved of the killing of Iranian scientists. But how might it affect Iran’s nuclear program?

“I don’t believe a program on such a large scale as Iran’s nuclear program is eliminated or slowed down as a result of the elimination of some individuals,” Gholamhossein Karbaschi, the former Tehran mayor and a close ally of reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi, told The Daily Beast. “It does have a psychological effect, but it will not have an impact in the nuclear program itself. Its psychological effect is not favorable, either, as people hate the perpetrators.”

“However way you look at terror, people hate it, no matter where in the world it happens, especially if an innocent young individual suffers this fate. This is what people oppose vehemently,” Karbaschi added.

A journalist in Tehran told The Daily Beast under the condition of anonymity that he was shocked when he heard news of the assassination. “When I talk to people, they feel insulted that a foreign state would come and murder an Iranian citizen to cheers and nods from others,” he said. “These assassinations are a great gift to the Iranian government and military, who can now push their agendas forward with them. The Iranian government could not be helped any better; it can now present its nuclear program as legitimate and to cry foul.”

Mohsen Sazegara, an influential opposition figure based in Washington who has advocated civil disobedience against the Iranian government, said that although American, British, and Israeli authorities deny any involvement in these operations, Tehran considers sabotage and the assassinations acts of Western intelligence services and Israel’s Mossad. He said such incidents are very telling about Iran.

“Observing all of this, more than anything else, Iranian people see the Iranian intelligence apparatus’s weakness,” said Sazegara. “The same Intelligence Ministry and [Revolutionary Guards] that on a daily basis arrest and suppress workers, teachers, students, journalists, and different groups of the society, are incapable of protecting top-secret facilities and their employees.”

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Omid Memarian is columnist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. He was a World Peace Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2007-2009 and the 2005 recipient of the 'Human Rights Defender Award', the highest honor bestowed by Human Rights Watch.


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or UK/France/Russia.  The Generosity of the US empire is a lie, but that takes too much to go into the details.  The 4 examples of countries after they were decimated, building themselves up and having to deal with the empire of the USA, so?  I know we need to win our freedom back after it was stolen by them.

On "Stop blaming everything bad that has happened to Iran on foreigners, USA, Israel, UK..... This is complete bullshit."  Wow that was really convincing, now I have to change my mind.  First of all Israel/France had nothing to do with our past hell, initially they were out, they only got involved in the USA/UK Agenda after the Shah had left Iran and Khomeini Seized power.  Of course i am taking into account our own peoples mistakes and responsibilities, but I disagree that the outcome would have been any better with what the USA/UK were doing.  that aside, My argument is not the past.  It is about the present.  Yes the west has been and still is acting to undermine the people of iran and support the regime. This assasination did no harm to the regime and just helped people to bash US pushing for pressure on IRI.  The sanctions are also helping the regime.  None of the things that would help overthrow the regime are yet being given a green light.  We need the USA/UK & France to support the aspirations of the people of Iran for Regime Change to a Secular Democracy.  Mammad and millions like him wouldn't make a bit of difference if fundamentally we could somehow alter our relationship with the west from one of domination as it is now to cooperation like it is between them for each other.  The way it used to be between Iran in the past and the world.


by Joubin on

I do not understand why IC community is so worked up over this incident.  Let's focus on the task at hand and not be distracted.  

1 - "جمهوری اسلامی" ایران "باید برود"  That requires Unity.  

2 - If you find any topic is causing disunity, please consider dropping it.

& Salaam. 

. //   

(Hoping to see 5 pages of comments on issues that matter) 

Think Clearly, Speak Straight, and Act Decisively.  Only then will you be an Iranian.

Mohammad Ala

On the subject of loan and generosity.

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Western Aids have had zillion of conditions for purchasing Western goods and services.  For example, paying $100 for a pill to $400 million dollars for outdated military jets.  Moreover, World Bank and IMF which are promoted by the Western countries are nothing but “loan sharks.”  If I were making over 25% interest on a loan, I would also forgive some of it.

Artificial Intelligence


by Artificial Intelligence on

When radical leftists IRI apologist are cornered, they resort to name calling. How nice.

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You are more patient than me.

by Mohammad Ala on

Thanks Souri jan for your time and passion.  Indeed Iran is NOT going to change for a better with these cowards who are attacking you.  You are more patient than me.

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by Artificial Intelligence on

Although you are clearly a patriot, you sound like my parents.

Stop blaming everything bad that has happened to Iran on foreigners, USA, Israel, UK..... This is complete bullshit.

US gives more foreign assistance, aid and food than any other country in the world. US has been instrumental in debt forgiveness for Africa.

US makes lots and lots of mistakes but its the best empire that has ever existed on the face of this planet. More good has come out of the USA than all other nations of the world combined.

Iran will become successful when Iranians learn how to compete like other nations

The USA is not evil! Deal with it and accept it. Learn from other Cultures who have dealt with the USA:

1) Japan was decimated by the US, half the cars we drive today in USA are Japanese. Japanese are great friends and partners of US. 

2) Germany was decimated by the US and still occupied by US forces- Yet Germany is the strongest economy in the EU. 10% of the cars we drive is USA are German. Germans are a great friend of US and don't bitch about US 1% of that that Iranians bitch today. USA killed millions of Germans.

3) South Korea is still occupied by USA forces yet half the cell phones & TV's we use are made in South Korea. 10% of the Cars we drive are made in Korea. South Koreans are great friends of the US.

4) See what is happening to Vietnam? Why have they established relations with the US? 

I can list more examples- Do you get the picture? Stop making excuses  and blaming.. Take responsibility for bringing Khomeini and his ilk to power. Iranians did it, Iranians are responsible and Iranians shall pay the ultimate price for it.

Its not the fault of US if they had a Shmuck President by the name of Carter or Berzinski who did not read what was happening correctly.

Khomeini lied and Iranians fell for it. Khomeini said that he will give free housing and electricity to everyone and Iranians fell for it. Khomeini said that he will treat Iranians like humans, and Iranians fell for it...

You see this guy Mammad below? His type is the reason we have IRI. Deal with it.



Oon Yaroo Excellent Post.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

I got a feeling you could be right. It's not impossible that the USA is in the process of changing for the better in regards to Iran and working for regime change by giving the opposition to IRI for a Secular Democracy a historic opportunity to take on the regime, before any war.


Iraj khan, i am anti war like you, however

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

I made the mistake like you to read that he was an iranian scientist and then did more research, he was a total IRI basiji, not a civilian or even close to a civilian.  Yes it was sick, hypocritical and a terrorist act, no defense there, however, him being a basiji thug is no small technicality.  Any one that wants freedom for Iran, A secular Democracy can't be out criticizing the killing of basiji's, they are out around the world killing people like us.  Their cyber basiji units aren't sitting around writing posts defending the IRI, I can promise you that, they are gaining info on killing and capturing people for their views/extent of political activity and if you stand for that you are really an enemy of many honest and good Iranians opposing IRI crimes.

I want to hear you say "Marg bar Jomhouriyeh kesafateh Eslami" in any response, please.  Mammad same goes for you.


Dear BacheShirazi: You are wrong and this is why....

by Bavafa on

 You are using logical arguments on IC when you state this:

"The small, professionally made device was designed to kill its victim but cause only limited damage to the surroundings."

 Now if I was the Iranian government, and I wanted to get the public of
Iran angry at America and Israel, why would I use a bomb that only kills
its target and does not do much damage to the sorroundings? Would it
not make more sense to use a bomb that also kills all civilians who were
standing close to the scene? Would that not be more effective to get
the people's support? 

 You might not have noticed that on IC insult, conspiracy and absolute bias often times are the guiding principals in shaping many of the comments by our dear members.

Sound logic does not have much place here.


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



Artificial-Intelligence, where does that put me?????

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

I hate IRI and its hezbollahi regime,

I hate USA for bringing them to power.

I hate USA and Israel(just a proxy of USA Policy) for helping them stay in power for 33 years.

I Love Human Rights for all the People in the world and view all 3 of these as having been the worst forces for Humanity since Mussolini, Hitler, & Stalin. It is a certainty that USA/IRI/Israel have armed, killed and caused more poverty globally than all 3 tyrants combined, if you look at their impact on the worlld as a whole.

Don't you think my observation has more truth to it than yours?  Why be an appologist for any IRI/Israel or USA? I long for my iran back, one where any of us can be a King.  Javid Shah, Javid Iraneh Pak va Amin (bedoneh masab dar siasat, va siasat dar masab).

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On January 20, 2013 Mitt Romney will swear in as the 45th ...

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president of US of A! 2013 is the year of IRR demise!

2013 is the year when akhoonds of black and white ammAmeh must pack their bar o bandil on their shotors and head toward Karbala, Najaf, Damascus, Toronto, Caracas, Shanghai, and Moscow!

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A call by

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by G. Rahmanian on

The Lamebrain IR Apologist has demonstrated his lack of tolerance for anyone who opposes IR on many occasions. He is incapable of having a decent debate. He calls people names and when the favor is returned, he moans and groans in a manner befitting all IR apologists.



by vildemose on

Condescending, nacrcissitic, supercilious, smug, murder-loving appologist; you are also blind. I did condemn it last night...I said Israeli government has reached a new low on Ari's thread.

Now, when are you going to condemn Mousavi and Khomeini's domestic terrorism?? I know you enjoy their foreign terrorist activities but at least have some decency and condemn their domestic terrorism...

I have no doubt now that you are nothing but a political prostitute. Don't be a hypocrite and leave the US and live in your beloved IRI..I can't believe they allow a fundamentalist Islamist like you to stay here in the US and TEACH....

A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.



by jirandoust on

The more I read your comments the more I like them. You are among the few on this site who actualy makes sense.

Artificial Intelligence


by Artificial Intelligence on

Go glorify and make excuses for Ayatolah Khomeini, Shariati and Mousavi. You are very good at it. You are very good at being an apologist.

I am a US Citizen and I am proud of it! I do not like the enemies of the US which includes the IRI & Hezbollah.

I am Iranian and I am very proud of it! I do not like the enemies of Iranians which includes the IRI and Hezbollah.

I am Jewish and I am proud of it and proud of Israel! I do not like the enemies of Jews and Israel, which includes IRI and Hezbollah. 

Are you proud of the IRI and what it has done to Iranians, Iran Muslims & Islam? I am sure you have an excuse.

Shame on you for being an apologist for the murderous IRI Regime and its basiji thugs.



RG People won't rally around IRI

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Because IRI has spent 33 years losing all the people, it only stays in place through murder and bullying, if people could do something more to remove IRI, they would have.  Despite wide spread opposition in Iran they can't move them because as I always say the USA/UK/France help the IRI stay in power and really do love them, today they are only exerting enough pressure to harm and weaken the people of Iran (which IRI itself is great at too) and strengthen the IRI.  This action probably had the most support in the world in Iran.  Yet it did more harm to the west (for being an act of hypocrissy/terrorism) and gave the IRI cheer leaders even more ammo to defend IRI with and criticize US so no one even thinks about supporting removing IRI.  This does not help us out on our #1 Goal.  Out with IRI/In with Secular Democracy.



IC is Just like Home, Iran I mean.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

People not getting along, feeling insulted, insulting, we are an emotional people, yes, I love you all and wish you the best in happiness and health.  Outsiders think we are disfunctional, I say lets unite and tell them to go screw themselves!  On 2nd thoughts forget that idea, we'd probably can get anyone to show up.


call it "sitting on the fence"...

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Or "talking out of both sides of your mouth"

Or "wait and see which way the wind blows..."

No matter what, a lot of folks here avoid the real message  here that the blogger is trying to convey, that : "dont touch IRI, because if you do so,  people would Rally behind it". This is a whole lot of BS, regardless of who killed this particular bassiji, be it IRI (as I believe) or Mossad or CIA or someone from some outer galaxi...

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What Can One Expect!

by G. Rahmanian on

What Can One Expect from a primitive Islamist zealot who would sell his mother for a small handout?


Do laugh nervously!

by Mammad on

As I have said so many times, stop your nonsense, and begin contributing meaningfully.

Mousavi a mass muderer or not, you have finally arrived at the conclusion that Israel did it, long after the world knew. Where is your condemnation? Or, is it ok because it is an Israeli "activity abroad?"



The artificiality of intelligence is glaring!

by Mammad on

What else one expects from a U.S. citizen, an Israeli patriot, and an Iranian turncoat?!


G. Rahmanian

Ari Jaan:

by G. Rahmanian on

The only two comments before yours at the beginning of this thread were mine and Faramarz's. And neither of us condone terrorism!

I don't know when Memarian told you about his prediction, but many knew already what was coming long before 2009! If you have time, please read my long and boring article of July 21,2007 called, "War and Peace" on this site. Please also note my prediction about presidential elections there.

As I have written in my comments a few times, the "coup" was expected to take place in the autumn of 2008 and not June of 2009!

By the year 2007, Ahmadinejad had given IRGC top brass more than 750 large and midsize projects. A financial/economic coup to be followed by the political one in 2009!

Even Ahmadinejad's camp was not expecting such an embarrassing defeat. But they thought of plan B! Neither was Mousavi. As you must have observed by his indecisiveness, he must have been in a state of shock!

So being informed is not specific to any single entity and having the information alone does not necessary mean analyzing a situation properly and making the right decisions!


Angali could call me tawab, but if I call him by his real name

by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

Gunga Din, it gets deleted!

The Admin works in mysterious ways!

anglophile, angal-faaleh, it even ryhmes.

G. Rahmanian


by G. Rahmanian on

What's happening here, is more of a psychological warfare than a logical debate! Many folks here are not as young as you may be! Many among regime apologists and paid agents are so old they are on life-support devices(notice the pun). As I have said, many back home don't give a hoot who killed this Basij member. One last thing: Don't take everything you read at its face value!!!



by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

Dear GR, please refrain from using khan. I know you mean it as a sign of respect, but..

You still didn't answer my question, which means the answer was yes, and khomieni did lie his way to power. And he was not alone at it either. In retrorespect people like Beheshti and Hassan Ayat were the real behind the scene movers and shakers.

The fact of the matter remains khomeini lied his way to power. But I need to do a few things and don't have time to expand on that, right now. Later,

G. Rahmanian

Hooshang Khaan:

by G. Rahmanian on

Please! Do you believe there is a difference between when you say the revolution was "hijacked" and when some Islamist, with political undertone, says it?

I never trusted the guy, anyways! At this point, whether he "changed" or not is of tertiary importance. Not even secondary, mind you!

Bazargan knew what he was getting Iran into, but he went ahead and supported Khomeini. Thus his statement referring to his own life: " This lowly and treacherous life!"

Many others knew the real Khomeini, too! They only thought dealing with Khomeini would be easier. Wishful thinking. As if Khomeini was alone!


Hijack excuse is the losers denial of failure

by anglophile on

  Hooshang Tawab     what is fact to you is farce to the those who MATTERED.   The losers like Left-overs and Mosaddghists were only the unworthy foot soldiers who were used and ditched after they served theipurpose. This is why you children never grew out of your panties and remained in the same state of political and social imaturity that you still are. Even your leader Farrokh Negahdar is now saying G... Khordam. Now be polite or you you won't get a second chance as a Tawab - LOL