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Hmmm... who would be able to do this, and who would benefit most from this?

What is to stop the finger being pointed at a country beginning with I... ?

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What is to stop the finger being pointed at a country beginning with I... ?

It means only one thing, IRAN's not impregnable!

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On the other hand, whenever the Iranian govt wants to get rid of upstanding or famous citizens who may be suspect in some way, (eg sympathetic to the opposition or to Western overtures) they often make it look like an outside job. So it could indeed be a country starting with I...

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Or, it could be any of a number of Arab states, seeing as how, according to Wikileaks, several have been urging aggressive action against Iran.

So I guess folks should feel free to choose which nation and/or ethnic group the have a personal grudge against, and let fly with the unsubstantiated accusations and speculation! :)

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Or it could be that one that has a very long history of doing this type of thing, and who has been on an aggressive anti-Iran campaign.

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nandakamanda:

" Hmmm... who would be able to do this, and who would benefit most from this? What is to stop the finger being pointed at a country beginning with I... ? "

The usual leftist and antisemite crowd will wholeheartedly agree with you that everything should be blamed on Israel.

The rest of us might point out that Iran has a lot of internal dissent, for example with various Sunni groups and oppressed minorities like Baluchistanis.

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Could you please friggin stop using "left" as a dirty word, stop lumping "left" with anti-semites, and maybe try thinking before spouting off things that don't make sense, cause it's really friggin annoying

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It would seem that the “right” and the “left” are both being seen as anti-Semites. Poor Semites don’t stand a chance do they? Sabi is consistent though, he would blame Israel if it rained in Iran. Doubtless recent earthquakes in Iran were the work of Mosad who have developed a new weapon to cause earthquakes. Personally I wouldn’t be in the least bit surprised if Israel was responsible for these bombings, though the US could just as easily fit in the frame. Then again if it is a choice between dropping bombs on nuclear facilities and killing individual workers the later might just be the better way to go. Spreading nuclear waste around any country is never that good an idea.

One thing that we can be absolutely sure about though is that the bombs were planted by an Iranian, so if the price is right not all Iranians are that loyal are they Sabi?

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sabiwabi - Or it could be that one that has a very long history of doing this type of thing, and who has been on an aggressive anti-Iran campaign.

Or it could be any of Iran's neighbors who don't approve of the Iranian government and it's nuclear efforts or goals for the Middle East.

"The Guardian said some (diplomatic) cables showed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urging the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program. The newspaper Bahrain have openly called for Iran’s nuclear program to be stopped by any means and that leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt referred to Iran “as ‘evil,’ an ‘existential threat’ and a power that ‘is going to take us to war,’” The Guardian said.'

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arrestpaul at 11:49 PM JST - 29th November

"The Guardian said………”

Yes but you can be sure that this being the Gruniad it went on to say something nasty about Israel, it simply couldn’t have missed that chance. Its opinion on Iran as such depends on if it happens to be having a go at the US or not. If it having a go at the US then Iran isn’t such a bad place. If you read the Guardian you need to think on many levels at the same time or not think at all.

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grafton:

" It would seem that the “right” and the “left” are both being seen as anti-Semites. "

It is true that the extreme left and extreme right agree in their antisemitism. The same stupid conspiracy theories involving Israel and the supposedly all-powerful Mossad are shared on both wingnut sides of the spectrum.

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I agree that many countries and groups in the region might benefit from a slowdown in Iran's nuclear weapons aspirations, but who has the will-power and training and efficiency to pull something like this off in plain daylight? Either Iranian Revolutionary Guards or Secret Police, who are known to operate on motorbikes, or Mossad. It was not a suicide mission, and I don't think the Saudis or the US could do something like this without bungling it. A measure of admiration perhaps, but nothing anti-Semitic about it.

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I have to agree. Before Wikileaks I think the finger would be pointed directly at Israel. Now that we know that it's actually other Middle Eastern nations hoping for an invasion of Iran it kind of opens things up a bit.

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Tough to say who did it at this point but the wikileaks postings do muddy the water. There are a lot of people around who don't want Iran to have nukes and lots of those have the money to set up an assasination. Might have been Mossad, might have been the CIA. But the Russians and Saudis would be in line too. Shame it comes to assasination of scientists though. Are they considered combatants? In any case, if this was done by a foreign country it's about as close to an act of war as you can get before you send the aircraft bombers in. I can just imagine the hullabaloo if this happened to somebody in Europe or the USA. Somebody is going too far.

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grafton - "The Guardian said………”

To clarify, I was quoting the Guardian quoting the recent wikipees document release not the Guardian's opinion. It appears that many nations have been calling for military action against Iran, at least in private if not publically. Any of these nations could have funded or even organized this bombing.

"(diplomatic) cables showed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urging the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program. The newspaper Bahrain have openly called for Iran’s nuclear program to be stopped by any means and that leaders of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt referred to Iran “as ‘evil,’ an ‘existential threat’ and a power that ‘is going to take us to war,’”

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It was the 2nd gunman from the grassy knoll.

In all honesty, SuperLib has a valid point about what the Wikileaks revealed concerning Arab nervousness over a nuclear armed Iran and the possibility now that it could have been just about anybody who gave the order for the hit.

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Not too sure how they pronounce Mossad in Arabic or Persian, or for that matter in Hebrew, Yiddish but this kind of 007, finding your target, bang,bang sounds the the highly trained and skilled Israelis from Mossad. Too bad for this Iranian nuclear scientist but maybe this will buy us time and keep big bad scary bombs out of Iranian and North Korean sweaty palms.

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This was something I would expect in Iraq or Afghanistan, but did not know about one earlier in Iran plus this one.

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ME countries didn't want Iraq to have WMD so would they want Iran to have them? Many countries rest assured when the USA invaded Iraq. Next they can't wait for the USA to do the same for Iran and let the USA take all the blame again while they secretly applaud in their homes. Hard to say who is actually responsible for this assassination. So many possibilities.

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RIP

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