Israel is reportedly assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists
By Jerry Mazza
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Feb 20, 2009, 00:30

In a Haaretz article, Is Israel assassinating Iran nuclear scientists?, Yossi Melman reports, �Israel is assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists as part of a covert war against the Islamic Republic�s illicit weapons program, the Daily Telegraph on Tuesday quoted Western intelligence analysts as saying.�

He continues, �The British daily said Israel�s Mossad espionage agency was rumored to be behind the death of Ardeshire Hassanpour, a top nuclear scientist at Iran�s Isfahan uranium plant, who died in mysterious circumstances from reported �gas poisoning� in 2007.

�Other recent deaths of important figures in the procurement and enrichment process in Iran and Europe have been the result of Israeli �hits,� intended to deprive Tehran of key technical skills at the head of the program, according to the analysts.�

And isn�t President Obama at the same extending a diplomatic hand to the Iranians? And isn�t Israel, as of this date, one of our closest allies [and I use the term loosely given that they spy on us more than any nation, ally or enemy]; and isn�t Israel the recipient of US billions in military aid, unsecured loans, and military hardware, spying software, plus contributions of hundreds of millions of dollars from Jewish American organizations?

More importantly, isn�t Israel in possession of some 200 to 300 nuclear warheads, products of the leaky Dimona nuclear reactor and facility, which was built way back in the late 1950s with the help of the French? Isn�t this the same plant that Mordechai Vanunu, a former orthodox Jew who was a technician there, exposed in 1986 in the London Times? And didn�t that earn him an 18-year sentence in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison and subsequent house arrest when he talked to a reporter on his release?

But, I�m missing the strategy here I guess, for which the Telegraph quotes US intelligence sources who say �Israel is using sabotage, front companies and double agents to disrupt the regime�s illicit weapons project [italics mine] as an alternative to direct military strikes.� Oh well, if it�s only that, what? It�s still threatening to world peace.

But there�s more. Melman reports that �Israel has been carrying out similar covert activities for about a decade, ever since Iran was first suspected of seeking nuclear weapons [italics mine]. Is that a finessed sentence or am I missing something? Say it. They�ve been killing scientists for 10 years on the assumption or paranoia that Iran has nuclear weapons.

Yet, here is a nation with 60-plus years of nuclear proliferation, startin