Jewish World Review Jan 20, 2012/ 25 Teves, 5772
There goes another one
By Paul Greenberg
Oh, dear. Still another Iranian nuclear scientist has met with a fatal accident. Accidents will happen, especially in the
What a pity. And just as the mullahs are getting closer and closer to having a nuke of their own to play with.
First a lowly computer worm named Stuxnet (who deserves a Medal of Freedom) injected its mathematical self into all those centrifuges the Iranians are counting on to produce their nuclear fuel.
Now their top nuclear scientists seem to be disappearing one by one in a different kind of chain reaction.
This not-so-mysterious epidemic is proving highly selective. It seems to affect only nuclear experts in the employ of the
By my inexact count, this is the fourth such mishap to befall
Only the George Smileys of the intelligence world, the mild-mannered deputy assistant secretaries who direct such matters, may know the exact toll of Iranian nuclear experts at this point. Holed away in their cubbyholes at the CIA, MI6 or Mossad, they're paid to keep up with such things or, who knows, orchestrate them. But they ain't talkin'. It's against their professional code to advertise. Call it risk management.
Both the American and British governments have formally condemned the untimely demise of the latest unfortunate victim of this epidemic. He was identified as
Our spooks didn't openly celebrate when the Israeli Air Force eliminated
Let's give credit where credit is due for this Reduction in Force in
As for the usual suspects, the Israelis had nothing to say about the dear departed or his cause of death, as is their discreet way in all matters nuclear.
The Israelis don't even acknowledge they have a Bomb of their own, which for years, for decades, has been the most open military secret in the
Only this much is certain: In the event of another Holocaust, they're not going alone, Any more than blinded Samson did in
An indiscreet Israeli military spokesman did note, on his
There's been considerable turnover in the table of organization at
By now the M.O. in these cases has become familiar. Somehow a magnetized explosive device attaches itself to the scientist's car, in this case a
These things will happen. And continue to happen.
The string of "accidents" in and around
The successor state to that primitive little kingdom is still around, against all odds, and seems determined to remain extant. Despite the threats from
If I were an Iranian nuclear scientist, a highly unlikely possibility considering my poor mathematical skills, I'd be mighty careful around machinery or, even better, stop being an Iranian nuclear scientist.
The occupational hazards can be formidable.
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