Now we have the Times giving credence to rumors that the Israeli Mossad has assassinated a prize winning Iranian nuclear scientist inside Iran:
A PRIZE-WINNING Iranian nuclear scientist has died in mysterious circumstances, according to Radio Farda, which is funded by the US State Department and broadcasts to Iran. An intelligence source suggested that Ardeshire Hassanpour, 44, a nuclear physicist, had been assassinated by Mossad, the Israeli security service.
Hassanpour worked at a plant in Isfahan where uranium hexafluoride gas is produced. The gas is needed to enrich uranium in another plant at Natanz which has become the focus of concerns that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.
According to Radio Farda, Iranian reports of Hassanpour’s death emerged on January 21 after a delay of six days, giving the cause as “gas poisoning”. The Iranian reports did not say how or where Hassanpour was poisoned but his death was said to have been announced at a conference on nuclear safety.
Rheva Bhalla of Stratfor, the US intelligence company, claimed on Friday that Hassanpour had been targeted by Mossad and that there was “very strong intelligence” to suggest that he had been assassinated by the Israelis, who have repeatedly threatened to prevent Iran acquiring the bomb.
Hassanpour won Iran’s leading military research prize in 2004 and was awarded top prize at the Kharazmi international science festival in Iran last year.
You have to realize that Middle-East/Islamic paranoia has built the Mossad into some kind of superhuman agency; where behind every rock and every tree there is a super human Jewish Mossad agent lurking and only awaiting the order to come from on high to act. If only it were so. We in the west would all probably sleep better at night.
While the Mossad has had some rather spectacular successes it has had more than its fair share of spectacular failures as well. Furthermore, it’s always been in the best interest of the Israeli state to promote the idea of the super Jew Mossad agents lurking everywhere.
But really, it’s time for a little perspective people. Stop and exercise a little common sense. A prize winning Iranian nuclear scientist working inside one of Iran’s most secure facilities dies in a work related accident. His death is announced and discussed at a conference on nuclear safety in Iran. Then an alleged private “US intelligence COMPANY” speculates the Mossad did it. Right. If only it were so.
It’s not that I don’t believe the Mossad is not capable of targeted assassinations, and if Hassan had died while dinning at an outdoor café, or while traveling on business, or even in a mysterious fire in his own home it would be far more plausible to blame the Mossad.
But to believe this account from a so-called US intelligence company requires one to believe the Mossad has the ability to penetrate so deeply into Iran’s highest nuclear circle. And just why would the Mossad take out only a single Iranian scientist? One scientist is not enough to put a serious dent into Iran’s nuclear program, and even if the Mossad was presented with the opportunity to penetrate so deeply into the Isfahan facility; the whole operation smells like it would be a “one-off” opportunity.
Stop and think for a moment. If the Mossad has the ability to infiltrate the Isfahan facility - why wouldn’t the agent (or agents) take out the entire facility rather than just resorting to assassinate a single scientist? Why not go for the gold? This whole account makes absolutely no bloody sense.
If my memory serves me correctly, Strategic Forecasting Inc or Stratfor, the US intelligence company (who the Times Online quotes as a source for this story) was also the alleged source behind the rumors which suggested the Israelis had foreknowledge of the 7/07 attacks in Britain. Seems like just an old-fashioned elder complex to me.