The assassin state keeps on killing: Does anyone care?

The assassination of Iranian physicist, Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has not drawn as much criticism from ' liberals' as it would have had the situation been reversed


The latest victim of the alleged Assassin State’s long list of terror killings stretching back many decades is an Iranian physicist, Dr Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The liberal icons of the western media, the New York Times, the Washington Post, et al, who reported this crime, failed to evince even an iota of disapproval, not to say moral outrage, at this act. In their ethical universe, literally anything done by Israel against its perceived opponents, no matter how dastardly, is justified. Hence, the slant given to the news story: Fakhrizadeh was a nuclear physicist and, worse, is alleged to have worked in Iran’s nuclear program. The juxtaposition of these two identities is meant to subliminally suggest to the reader that he had thus virtually signed his death warrant, so his assassination by Israel is not a big deal. 

One can imagine the howls of outrage in the liberal media that would erupt if the situation was reversed, i.e. if an Iranian hit-squad (or one from some “Other-ed” entity) were to kill an Israeli or American physicist working in either of their country’s nuclear weapons programs. But then rank hypocrisy is the price that neoliberalism pays to US imperialism and its Zionist ally.

What is worth investigating is whether any of the scientific, specifically physicists, bodies have or will denounce this wanton murder of one of their fraternity. In the “bad” old days, such associations were quick to rightly oppose the restrictions placed on eminent Soviet scientists such as Andrei Sakharov. Are journals like the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists going to denounce this killing?

*The views expressed are the author’s own. The author is a physicist who worked many years on nuclear issues at a US national laboratory.  



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