Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Iranian nuclear scientist goes kaboom. No, another one.

Written By: Bob - Jan• 11•12

It’s starting to appear that being a scientist attached to the alleged Iranian nuclear weapons program is a a job that should require combat pay.

The magnetic bomb which was planted by an unknown motorcyclist under the car of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan Behdast, a professor at Tehran’s technical university, also wounded two other Iranian nationals in Seyed Khandan neighborhood in Northern Tehran.

Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was a graduate of oil industry university and a deputy director of Natanz uranium enrichment facility for commercial affairs.

No more details have been revealed about the blast.

I have a bit of sympathy for the scientists and their families. I’m sure that they view themselves as doing benign scientific work on behalf of their nation’s energy program, and truth be told, I suspect that much of their work is useful for benign nuclear power programs.

At the same time, however, these scientists aren’t being targeted because they are keeping the lights on in Tehran. They are being targeted because their work is “dual-use” at best, or purely military in nature at worst.

If the price to be paid for denying the Iranian twelver sect a nuclear warhead with which they can can kick off the apocalypse is the lives of a few dozen, a few hundred, or even a few tens of thousands, it is far better than allowing a nuclear exchange between Iran and Israel that would wipe out much of Israel and all of Iran.

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  1. Phelps says:

    To me, the most under-acknowledged thing is that this is as likely an internal Iranian group as it is Mossad.

  2. Mark L says:

    Being an Iranian nuclear scientist is kinda like being al Qaeda’s number two man in Iraq back in 2006-2008. While a flattering job title, life expectancy is too short for comfort.