We saw that a prominent Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was murdered on November 27 in a suburb of Tehran while riding in a car. The strange story of his his actual assassination put out by the Iranian officials reads like something out of science fiction: the killers were in Israel operating both a machine gun and bomb by remote control via a satellite. Those initially accused of carrying out this action in the early quest by Iran looking to determine the culprits are the United States and Israel, most likely the latter.
This hearkens back to the time between 2010 and 2012 when four Iranian nuclear scientists Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shahriari, Darioush Rezaeinejad and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan were assassinated in Iran by the same suspects. Another Fereydoon Abbasi was wounded. In these killings also the finger of blame was pointed at the two nations.
The assassinations or murders all involve scientists who were involved in some manner in the Iranian program to develop nuclear weapons. The hiatus in the dates of these murders probably stems to the Obama administration’s coldness toward Israel as it attempted to bring about a cessation of the Iranian nuclear program peacefully by entering into a deal with it and other countries.
It has always been Netanyahu’s desire for the United State to invade Iran which Obama balked at doing. Their relationship was so strained that Netanyahu received an unprecedented invitation by the Republic Speaker of the House to come to America where was given the podium to attack Obama in an address a joint session of Congress on Feb. 11. 2015. His goal was to convince Congress to torpedo the US-led Iranian nuclear negotiations and to vote to impose new sanctions on Iran, which would kill the talks, and thus significantly alter US policy toward the Middle East.
His brash attempt failed. Obama would sign the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) a detailed, 159-page agreement with five annexes reached by Iran and the P5+1 (China France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) on July 14, 2015. But his influence with Trump allowed him to bring about its reversal wondering who is running the United States foreign policy in the Middle East.
Trump in May 2018 announced the US government is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement. Trump’s decision was highly controversial, especially given three of America’s top allies – France, Germany and the UK – were strongly opposed to this move. Business Insider suggested this, “marked one of the biggest foreign policy decisions he’s made since entering the White House.” It wasn’t his decision as much as Netanyahu’s which answers the question just asked.
Trump is now trying to make it impossible for the Biden administration. Again being dragged by the nose by Netanyahu Trump authorized the deadly strike on Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, in early January. Then as just mentioned the murder of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Will other provocations against Iran be taken over the next few weeks. Time will tell but the ardent wishes of the US/Israel leaders is for Iran to respond by an open attack on them or their allies such as Saudi Arabia.
Iran may stay its hand hoping America will rejoin the JCPOA. It’s hand is poor though. There is little it can do against nations more powerful looking for excuses to attack it. Yet it does have one capability that it most certainly must consider. It is a tit for tat response. How difficult will it be to get assassins into this country if some are not already here to start assassinating American scientists?
We have brought Iran to its knees. It cannot get vaccines that are becoming available to protect its people against the virus because America has prevented it from paying for them. When a nation has nothing to lose it becomes desperate like a corner rat and will strike back. Who best to seek vengeance given its extremely limited abilities than American scientists.