Greenwald calls out the liberal blogosphere for ignoring the murder of Iranian nuclear scientists. The latest victim, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, is above, with his young child, now deprived of a father because he worked for his own government in a despotic regime. Paul Campos admits he'd tuned out the assassinations:
I didn’t follow this story because, at bottom, this story puts “my team” in a bad light. Now again, this wasn’t a conscious decision. I’ve leveled plenty of criticisms at the Obama administration, on all sorts of issues. But I have no doubt whatsoever that, if the serial murder of Iranian scientists had been happening in the course of the McCain administration, I would have been all over this story, in part because, given the sources of opinion I read regularly, I would have been much more aware of that story, which, for the same reasons I haven’t been paying attention to it, hasn’t been prominently featured by those sources.
Bob Wright assumes that Israel is behind the killings. That certainly seems a reasonable inference from the vehemence of the US denials:
“The United States had absolutely nothing to do with this,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared to expand the denial beyond Wednesday’s killing, “categorically” denying “any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran.”
Among other motivations, Wright thinks, as I suspected, that Israel might be trying to goad Iran into war:
Israel presumably prefers that America do the lion's share of the bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities, since the U.S. has deeper strike capabilities. If Israel launched strikes on Iran out of the blue, while the U.S. still considered a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff possible, Israel couldn't count on the U.S. joining in. But America would certainly spring to Israel's defense if Israel found itself in an escalating war with Iran that Iran was blamed for starting. And once America was involved in hostilities, it would probably take the opportunity to set back Iran's nuclear program.
Frum, on the other hand, is unsure of the culprit:
Analysis of these killings is a little like Agatha Christie's murder on the Orient Express: the target has made himself so dangerous to so many people that almost anybody in the carriage could be the culprit—and perhaps to some degree or another, everybody in the carriage is.
Suddenly, David gets naive.