This Morning, an explosion ended the life of Dr. Mustapha Mehri, an Iranian nuclear scientist who is a university lecturer and supervises a department at the Natanz Uranium enrichment facility. His death bears the mark of previous assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. A motorcyclist stuck a magnetic bomb on the car, and drove away from the explosion.
In November 2010, Majid Shahriari, a member of nuclear engineering facility at Shahid Beheshti University, was assassinated in Tehran after a motorcyclist attached a bomb to his car. His death coincided with a similar attack on Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran who was injured.
Exactly two years ago, in January 2010, Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a physics professor, died in a similar fashion. A Motorcyclist attached a bomb to his car and drove off.
In late July 2011, Dariush Rezaeinejad, 35 years, another member of Iran's atomic agency, was assassinated by two gunmen riding motorcycles. Two weeks later, a report in Der Spiegel quotes an Israeli source that the Mossad was behind it. Later on, in November, General Hassan Tahrani Mokadem, the mastermind of Iran's missile program was assassinated in an explosion.
For several years now, we have been hearing the Israeli government saying that it will not remain silent on the nuclear issue, while simultaneously, there has been plenty of warnings against a war with catastrophic consequences on the Gulf, oil flow and the world's economy. The Israeli side, however, were planning it another way. Their bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1982 left many Iraqi scientists alive and well to carry on many other projects for Saddam's regime. The danger kept lingering. In their Palestinian experience, they have succeeded in killing every potential unifying Palestinian leader and capable military cadre. By targeted assassinations, they have left the Palestinians with no alternative, but to live under corrupt leaders, and attend humiliating negotiations.
In Iran, they applied the same tactics. Why destroy facilities that could be rebuilt? Kill the scientist, and the Iranian regime needs another generation to rebuild their facilities. Such operations do not take Israel where it needs not be. A military strike means international condemnation, rocket retaliations, proxy wars and and and.
But how will Iranians respond? A proxy war is not possible or justifiable at the moment. The Arab Spring has placed Tehran in a weaker position, especially in light of its support of Syria's regime. Retaliations of the same form will definitely take place. Explosions, killings ... etc. In my opinion, the Iranian intelligence already sent a message last month in the form of a bogus statement after the tragic death of Israeli French scientist Eli Laluz, 70 years, in an attempted threesome with two escorts.
This sounds like a desperate act from the Iranian regime, but what if it was a message that this will happen in the future. Lets wait and see.