Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed

Friday, January 13, 2012

New York Times national security correspondent, Scott Shane, and senior staff writer for The Wall Street Journal covering the Middle East, Farnaz Fassihi, discuss the fallout from the killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist - and the global security implications. 


Farnaz Fassihi and Scott Shane

Comments [18]

Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


LOL, I was busy that I sent the Mossad.

Jan. 13 2012 01:07 PM

I think it was Martin.

Jan. 13 2012 11:53 AM

Gee... I wonder who did it??

Jan. 13 2012 11:52 AM
anna from new york

Dear beloved producer, civility stars with respect and respect should be mutual. You invite Farnaz Fassihis to the show (without challenging them) insulting clearly intelligence of your audience and then start talking about civility ....

Jan. 13 2012 11:50 AM
anna from new york

So, a senior editor at Wall Street and a guest on NPR explains the killing of NUCLEAR scientists in a country so dedicated to having nuclear weapons by: "Teheran is a bid city - you can't protect everyone?" and I should remain silent and die from a sad laughter?
dr anna

Jan. 13 2012 11:41 AM
anna from new york

This "lady" is an Iranian propagandist. Brian should have confronted her when she responded to his suggestion that it would be difficult for outsiders to do it with: "Yes, it's a police state, it's difficult. Israel did it." This is beyond ridiculous.

Jan. 13 2012 11:35 AM
Brian Lehrer Producer

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Jan. 13 2012 11:34 AM
anna from new york

"What about the idea this could be done by Iran itself of low level scientists who also may be thorns in the leadership's side? Of course to provide Iran with some leverage with US in upcoming talks and to redirect towards Israel.

Oh, no, why would wonderful Ajmedinejad do something like this? He is an enemy of this country and Israel, so by definition in the eyes of loony, loony, loony or rather protitutional, prostitutional, prostitutional "left" (what is "left" there isn't clear) he a "saint" a "prophet" and "God," just as Stalin was before (but at least it was some real left at that time).

Jan. 13 2012 11:30 AM

What about the idea this could be done by Iran itself of low level scientists who also may be thorns in the leadership's side? Of course to provide Iran with some leverage with US in upcoming talks and to redirect towards Israel.


Jan. 13 2012 11:22 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Iran could stop war by simply stop defying the UN Security Council and cease enrichment activities, and come totally clean with the IAEA. Iran is inviting war.

Jan. 13 2012 11:22 AM
Ben in Orangeburg

Israel understands full well that there is only one power on the planet that can militarily stop the Iranian nuclear program, and that is the US of A. Israel is trying to provoke a "Gulf of Tonkin" incident in order to draw us in. America, don't take the bait.

Jan. 13 2012 11:22 AM
Amy from Manhattan

If the assassination was to retaliate for the death penalty on the ex-Marine, wouldn't it have been carried out on someone involved w/that rather than on a nuclear scientist?

Jan. 13 2012 11:22 AM
Paul I. Adujie from Elmont, NY

War drums are beating louder and louder in America against Iran. The din and decibel are rising and getting louder.

Preparatory steps are being taken irreversibly as the onset of invasion and occupation of Iran is becoming more and more apparent and its imminence glaringly clear. It is rather unmistakable.

Public pronouncements by political and military leaders in the United States have been elevated to a-no-going-back sorts of, no retreat, no surrender. A blockade in the name of continuing sanctions against Iran, is about to occur, and Iranian political and military leaders are declaring any such contemplated action, as an act of war, and, such a blockade by America against Iran, Is Act of War, under International Law

The current high tempo and stridency on all sides, is just like history repeating itself, if past is prologue, I beseech everyone to harken back to the days of yore, with particular reference to the back and forth verbal altercations between America and Saddam Hussein in the lead-up to the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

It will be recalled that in the lead up and before the onset of the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003, the sorts of words and body language, which we are witnessing today, were similarly employed and it escalated to a crescendo or point of no-return… the shock and awe invasion and occupation of Iraq, based on sexed-up, embellished and flowered tall tales about Saddam and Weapons of Mass Destruction which Saddam Hussein supposedly possessed with which he would create mushroom clouds.

There were airs of immediacy, portentous ominous nuclear catastrophes, holocaust and Armageddon, but, the world has since learned that the only WMD weapon, was Weapons for Mass Deceptions by those who wanted to effect Regime-Change in Iraq, and the Weapons for Mass Deception was possessed by the invaders and occupation force of the United States and few North Atlantic Treaty Organization members who participated in Regime-Change and usurpation of political power in Iraq.

Iran Regime Change, Invasion, Occupation & Re-colonization Is Imminent,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=202c716ad1e48c82&biw=1034&bih=748

Jan. 13 2012 11:21 AM
Barary from UWS

Do you hear that? It's a drumb beat to war.... way to go WNYC

Jan. 13 2012 11:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Too difficult for Israel to pull off? The Mafia has pulled off worse. If you are in a life or death situation where you and your people can wiped off the map, you'll find a way.

The US nearly went to war with Russia to stop a few nuclear missiles from being installed in Cuba. If Iran were installing missiles and nukes in Cuba or Venezuela able to hit US cities within 5 or 6 minutes, the US would also find ways of taking them out.

It all depends on whose children are being threatened.

Jan. 13 2012 11:14 AM
Eric from Manhattan

What are the chances that this bombing was in retaliation for Iran's death sentence to the former marine who was (allegedly) visiting his grandmother.

Jan. 13 2012 11:14 AM
Rct from Nyc

Of course Mossad did it. So it was "difficult" - has that ever stopped Mossad?

Jan. 13 2012 11:10 AM
Rat-again from nyc

so creepy, it's Munich themovie all over again...20 years from now they'll make a movie about scientists being assassinated and viruses turning out in nuclear plants

Jan. 13 2012 11:06 AM

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