January 12, 2010
My own take is a bit different. I remember back to the assassinations of Iranian intellectuals in the 1990s. PBS Frontline in conjunction with
The notorious “Chain Murders” of intellectuals in the 1990s were publicly denounced by the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, as the work of US and Israeli agents. Later, it was officially determined that they had been carried out by agents of the intelligence ministry itself. A single scapegoat, Saieed Emami, was identified as the culprit and he conveniently died in prison, reportedly by poisoning himself, in June 1999. A remarkable number of critics of the regime (and accused killers) have died of “cardiac arrest,” often induced by poisons. Others have been shot and stabbed.
Exploding motorcycles have not been the chosen instrument of assassinations in
The victim of the latest attack, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, was described on Iranian TV as a dedicated believer in the Islamic revolution. Almost immediately, LA Times Journalist Borzou Daragahi discovered that that he was, in fact, an outspoken supporter of the Green opposition and a signatory of a pro-Mousavi declaration on an opposition web site. It also appears that he was not associated with the Iranian government or its nuclear program.
Stop and think for a moment about what the official Iranian announcement of the killing really means. It suggests that US and Israeli agents are able to penetrate not only
What does that say about the Iranian security services? It is reminiscent of the earlier claim that US and Israeli agents were able to operate with weapons on Iranian streets and shoot Green protesters in order to create incidents that would embarrass the Islamic regime. If you believe these allegations, I have some prime real estate in the
Until proven otherwise, agents of the Iranian government must be considered the prime suspects in this killing. What do they gain? First, they amplify their campaign of intimidation against the Green opposition. You may recall that over the weekend there were attempts to shoot Mehdi Karroubi, one of the key leaders of the opposition. That culprit has also never been captured despite the fact that security forces were all around Karroubi’s car.
Second, but only incidentally, the regime is able to blame outsiders for security atrocities inside
But the fundamental question is the implication that outsiders can move about freely inside
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"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs