An Iranian scholar and political analyst condemns the terrorist attack that killed Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, saying the attack was undoubtedly a US-Israeli coordinated assassination.
On Wednesday morning, an unknown
motorcyclist attached a sticky bomb to Ahmadi Roshan's car near a
college building of Allameh Tabatabaei University in northern Tehran.
Ahmadi Roshan was immediately killed as the result of the explosion,
and his driver, who had sustained injures, passed away a few hours
later in hospital.
Ahmadi Roshan was a chemical engineering graduate of Sharif
University of Technology and served as the deputy director of marketing
at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.
Press TV has interviewed Mohammad Marandi, a professor at the
University of Tehran, to discuss the terror attack. What follows is a
transcription of the interview.
Press TV: The pattern of previous assassinations are very
similar to this one, first the West condemning Iran for its nuclear
program, then the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] report
almost doing the same.
Military dimension is what they [have] said, and then you have the
sanctions that occurred and then the assassinations. And most
interestingly the IAEA inspectors recently had a meeting with Mr.
Mostafa Ahmadi, and he is now been assassinated. What is your
observation on this?
Marandi: Well, first I would like to express my condolences to the families of the two people who were murdered today.
The Western media dehumanizes Iran and Iranians so much that there
is no more sense of outrage in the Western media and outrage is subdued
among the Western population, because of the biased information being
produced by American, British and European news outlets.
It is obvious that Western intelligence agencies are carrying these
attacks out, or if the Israelis are carrying them out, it is with the
knowledge of the Europeans and Americans. Because these agencies are
very closely aligned to one another, they cooperate extensively, they
So it is really impossible to accept the argument that the Americans
or the Europeans do not know what is going on. What is basically
happening is that, the IAEA is being discredited at all levels.
Because after all -as you pointed out- IAEA officials had met him
earlier on, we have had -in the past-a lot of Iranian intelligence and
information have been given to intelligence sources as well as terrorist
organizations by this organization in body.
So it is very difficult for the Iranians to even cooperate with the
IAEA when it is putting its own people at risk, and then again you also
have the organization which is dominated by Western countries at all
levels bureaucrats and the board itself.
And the head of the organization which, according to the WikiLeaks
documents owes his job to Americans, is completely biased, it's
reporting is biased.
So, basically what this does is it angers ordinary Iranians, if the
West thinks that Iranians have any sympathy for their position when they
try to strangle the Iranian economy, assassinate Iranian scientists,
then they are deeply mistaken. And it also makes cooperation with
Western regimes and the IAEA more difficult.
Press TV: Well, Let me talk about the IAEA, lets expand a
little bit more about this report which Iran had lots of problems with,
in particular listing scientists in its report.
And then you have this incident to occur. Basically, publishing the
hit list of Iran's personnel related to Iran's civilian nuclear program.
Tell us a little bit about that, whether Iran did have a legitimate
concern, especially now that we see this incident to have occurred?
Marandi: Absolutely, the Iranians who have been hit, all of
them have had their names given by the IAEA to third parties, but there
is no- as I said- there is no outrage at all in the West about what is
Just a couple of hours ago I was on the news program in a Western
News Channel and they were telling me that the Fordo plant [uranium
enrichment plant near Qom], that has just been made operational, is a
bunker- the word bunker implies something military.
The only reason, it is clear that this is for producing nuclear
weapons, and I said in response the only reason why it was made under a
mountain is because the United States constantly threatens to bomb
Iranian installations, so it is extraordinary how the victim is blamed.
Ordinary scientists are assassinated and murdered by intelligence
organizations, Western intelligence organizations or the intelligence
services aligned to the West. Yet they expect Iran to be more open in
cooperating with the IAEA.
They expect the Iranians not to create nuclear installations
underground, yet at the same time, they constantly threaten Iran with
death and destruction and bombardment. It is extraordinary how Western
countries and how the Western media treats Iran.
Press TV: Well, what about this accusation that has been
leveled against the United States and Israel by Iran? I mean isn't it
safe to say that the accusation of this covert war-it's not really a
'covert' war? Is it, professor Marandi?
I mean after all this public knowledge- you mentioned yourself- the
US government is funding Central Intelligence Agency [CIA], along with
the Joint Special Operations Command [JSOC], in operations against Iran.
And we know from the Bush era, that was around 500 million dollars?
Marandi: It would even be more than that. These are the
figures that we know of. It is again the Americans use the most
sophisticated drones to fly over Iran- illegally.
The Afghani president -because it's done from Afghanistan- the
Afghani president says that he wants Afghanistan to have nothing to do
with this and the Americans right in response to the Afghani president,
say that they will continue with these operations and in other words
they have no regard for Afghani sovereignty or Iranian sovereignty.
So they carry out illegal acts, they carry out espionage, people are
murdered in Tehran, who are involved in a nuclear program for which
there is no evidence whatsoever that is has ever had any military aspect
This recently the Russian deputy foreign minister, said on Russian
Television that, we have analyzed all the material out there, there is
no sign that Iran's nuclear program has ever been anything but peaceful.
And in fact just a few days ago I met a well-known American
journalist Mr. Seymour Hersh and he was saying that American senior
officials know without a doubt that Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons
and the issue is Iranian sovereignty.
The issue is Iran's independence. So it's quite clear that the
policies of the United States and its European partners are not really
directed at Iran's nuclear program. It's directed at Iranian
independence and sovereignty.
Press TV: Well, it's pretty curious as to why this would
happen at this stage though Professor Marandi, when you get to that
point you just made at the end. But first UN just announced days back
that it had reached an agreement with the 5 permanent members of the
Security Council and Germany to resume nuclear talks in Turkey. So why
would this assassination take place at this point in time? What message
is it sending?
Marandi: It's not just this. It's the embargo that is trying
to be implemented against Iranian oil and the sanctions on the Iranian
Central Bank by the Americans and the Europeans. This is- all of this is
directed specifically at the Iranian public. In other words they want
ordinary Iranians to suffer.
Initially in the past when the Americans and the Europeans imposed
sanctions they were claiming that it was to hurt the Iranian government
and not directed at ordinary people, although the WikiLeaks documents
clearly show that this is not the case but now it's become quite evident
that the objective is to make ordinary people suffer.
In fact the same is true in Syria. Recently there was a poll carried
out by the Qataris that showed the majority of Syrians actually support
Assad and this is a Qatari poll.
But the Americans and the Europeans imposed sanctions on Syria
because they want ordinary people in Syria to suffer in order to
dissuade them from supporting the government.
The same is true in Gaza, when Hamas was elected they elected the
wrong people. So the Europeans and the Americans, the Israelis and the
[ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni] Mubarak regime impose an embargo on
Gaza to force the people of Gaza to move against their elected
This is basically a very Eurocentric, arrogant state of affairs and I
think a lot of this has to do with the fact that the United States
feels very much threatened by the fact that many of its allies in the
region have either been overthrown or the regimes are unstable.
And they feel that they're losing the Middle East and this is a
power grab by the United States by attacking all those countries that
are in any way or form against American and European policies in the
Press TV: Of course we need to expand a little bit more about
the US's efforts along with other Western countries in terms of actions
I mean overall coordinated US and you mentioned Israel and their
campaign of Cyber-terrorism along with US commercial sabotage, targeted
assassinations such as this recent one in proxy wars against the Iranian
government- but all have failed.
Do you think that these approaches in some form or another are going
to backfire on the United States, on Israel and their allies?
Marandi: Definitely, when you assassinate ordinary Iranians
on the streets of Tehran how do you expect- how do they expect people in
Tehran and in Iran to respond.
There is a strong sense of outrage when the imposed sanctions on the
Iranian central bank or oil industry- again this is directed at
ordinary people. They are only antagonizing Iranians and people outside
of the Western world recognize what is going on.
They recognize that this is the Western empire that is beginning to
show signs of major weakness and decline, attempting to punish its
critics and opponents in any way or form possible, because at the end of
the day the sanctions they are trying to impose are supposed to be
They're supposed to make ordinary people suffer and if you look at
the Western media there is no talk about the fact that these sanctions
are barbaric, whether it's Iran or Syria or Palestine and Gaza- whether
they're effective or not, there is no question about how ordinary people
Or for example in the past when Iranian civilian airlines or
airplanes would fall because of the sanctions on spare parts, there is
no talk about how the Americans have blood on their hands.
Just like during the Iran-Iraq war when Iraq was given chemical
weapons by these same countries. They are all involved in mass murder
and crimes against humanity- the United States- the British, the French
and the Germans.
These very same countries, they gave [executed Iraqi dictator]
Saddam Hussein the technology to produce and use weapons of mass
destruction and prevented the UN Security Council from even recognizing
Saddam Hussein as guilty.
These very same countries now accuse Iran of attempting to produce
weapons of mass destruction- the irony is not lost upon people.
Press TV: Professor Marandi, let's look at the IAEA, of
course the United States and Israel, I mean, they're considered as
accomplishes in these assassinations .
There has been a targeted- Iranian nuclear scientists have been
targets, isn't it time for them to be held accountable for their
Marandi: Well, there is no accountability, because the
Western media is not going to hold them accountable, the Western media
is very much a part of the same establishment.
If you want to find information- unbiased information on Iran's
nuclear program or Iran's foreign policy, you'd have to look into
obscure websites and so on, maybe websites like raceforiran.com, Complex
Forum and others.
You will not find this sort of information in the mainstream press.
The UN Security Council has fired prominent members. They will never
condemn themselves; they will never condemn their allies.
The major international bodies such as the IAEA are dominated by western countries. There is no accountability there.
There is no democracy and their allies in the region are the most
despotic regimes around where women cannot even drive as they cannot
have independent bank accounts. Yet these are America's closest allies.
Accountability, if one wants to wait for the, you know, the so
called international community to do something about it nothing will
Countries have to stand up for their rights and be firm in the face
of western aggression and arrogance, otherwise western countries
basically consider themselves to be the international community.
When you hear the term international community in the western media,
it basically means white Europeans. They don't recognize the rest of
the world as the International community.
Otherwise the nonaligned movement which constitutes 120 countries,
they have consistently supported Iran's nuclear program from the very
start in all this. But they're not the ones who are in control of the