On Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 Glenn Greenwald wrote in his article:
More murder of Iranian scientists: still terrorism?
... "Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds criticized President Bush for not doing enough to stop Iran’s nuclear program and then advocated that the U.S. respond by murdering that nation’s religious leaders and nuclear scientists. “We should be responding quietly, killing radical mullahs and Iranian atomic scientists . . . ,” he argued. The backlash against Reynolds’ suggestion was intense, especially among progressive writers."... "What is most amazing about all this is that, a mere three years later, some combination of Israel and the U.S. are doing exactly that which Reynolds recommended. Numerous Iranian nuclear scientists are indeed being murdered." ...
”Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Israeli military spokesman, wrote on his Facebook page that ‘I don’t know who took revenge on the Iranian scientist, but I am definitely not shedding a tear,’ Agence France-Presse reported.”
Besides that Israeli comment as quoted above, there were quick American official comments, too.
"In Washington, Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, said in reaction to the attack: “The United States had absolutely nothing to do with this. We strongly condemn all acts of violence, including acts of violence like what is being reported today.”
There have been of course many international comments on the case.
Der Spiegel wrote “There is little doubt in the shadowy world of intelligence agencies that Israel is behind the assassination of Darioush Rezaei.” The Israeli intelligence official told the reporter, “That was the first serious action taken by the new Mossad chief Tamir Pardo.”
I think that in this case Obama's administration might be telling the truth. They were maybe not behind this. Because they knew that it wouldn't be agreed by American public to do such murders. And there are other reasons. Obama doesn't want war with Iran, at least not yet. As it is generally known, Obama's administration holds the view that Iran's nuclear program is still mainly civilian; their scientists now just want to build the technical capacity for nuclear weapons; it is the matter of the Iran's politicians to decide, if they want to build the bomb later.
"The intelligence official admitted to the Post that Iran isn’t building a nuclear weapon. “Our belief is that they are reserving judgment on whether to continue with key steps they haven’t taken regarding nuclear weapons,” he said. “It’s not a technical problem.”
I think that is the reason why Panetta cautioned Israel not to do anything unilateral, and also said that it is better to act together.
Panetta cautioned against a unilateral strike by Israel against Iran's nuclear facilities, saying the action could trigger Iranian retaliation against U.S. forces in the region.
"We have common cause here" with Israel, he said. "And the better approach is for us to work together."
Panetta seems to be thinking that Iran is not yet committed to make the bomb. Acting wrongly could just push them to make it.
Among American politicians in my opinion Ron Paul seems to be on the right course.
Ron Paul agrees with Panetta that Iran is nowhere close to producing a nuclear bomb, he has vehemently opposed the sanctions and “diplomatic pressure” being pursued by the Obama administration, arguing that it will do little more than strengthen Iran’s resolve to produce nuclear weapons, as well as place the U.S. on a collision course for war with the Middle Eastern country.
But Obama's administration might be doing the right things just now, too... I think that they are trying to prevent Israel of murdering people.
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