Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated: Israel and U.S. to Blame

Iran’s suspicions remain justified after having revealed that the U.S. assassinated former General Qasem Soleimani in January of this year.

Japhy Barrera, is a member of the YCL’s Birmingham Branch

High-ranking Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fahkhirzadeh was assassinated last Friday, November 27th.

Iranian officials have claimed that Israel is responsible for the attack that killed Fahkhirzadeh via remote-controlled weapon.

Israel has not commented publicly on the allegations of its involvement, however, the ongoing 35-year proxy war between the two nations would not put it outside of the realm of probability.

With the United States providing approximately $3.8 billion dollars a year to Israel[1], the country is known to act on behalf of American interests in the Middle East.

This comes after a series of aggressions by the U.S. including the assassination of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January of 2020.

Upon the killing of Soleimani, many observed that the aggression posed a chance of sparking world war and panic ensued.

This hysteria has since been lost in the frenzy of events that would make up the year, including the coronavirus that became imminent soon after.

The incentive for imperialist aggression elsewhere in the Middle East remains consistent with Iran: the obtaining of the country’s natural resources.

Iran has the 2nd largest natural gas reserves and the 4th largest oil reserves in the world[2], making it one of the most resource-rich out there.

Iran’s government adamantly denies multinational fossil fuel corporations from getting a piece of the action, and subsequently, the bourgeois governments of the U.S., Britain, and others alike find themselves exploring any and every avenue to thwart the regime.

U.S. involvement in the plot to assassinate Fakhrizadeh becomes more apparent when examined amongst an array of new aggressions that are confirmed to be true.

Recently, the U.S.S. Nimitz of the U.S. Navy was positioned in the Persian Gulf outside of Iran.

When asked if there was any reason for moving one of the biggest aircraft carriers in the world, U.S. officials casually cited a desire to “remain postured and prepared to help preserve regional stability and security,”[3]. 2 days later, Fahkhirzadeh was dead.

The logic behind the timing of the offensive may lie within electoral matters.

Days after the U.S. presidential election was called for Joe Biden, Donald Trump reportedly assembled his senior advisors to ask whether he could “take action against Iran’s most important nuclear weapons site within the coming weeks,”[4]. 

In 2015 the Obama administration, Biden included, signed the ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’.

In the agreement, Iran agreed not to produce any nuclear weapons in exchange for a relieving of sanctions from the U.S. and United Nations.

In 2018, Trump withdrew from the deal and put the former sanctions back into effect after Iran had abided by the original deal verbatim for 3 years. 

Biden has promised to re-enter the deal upon his inauguration, and many believe that Trump may be attempting to sabotage these aspirations during the current lame-duck period.

Whether he will be able to put sufficient measures into action between now and January 20th remains to be seen, but what is certain is that any potential war against Iran must be universally and staunchly rejected. 

Sources

[1]https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

[2]https://www.worldometers.info/energy/iran-energy/

[3]https://news.usni.org/2020/11/30/carrier-uss-nimitz-back-in-middle-east-after-exercising-in-indian-ocean

[4]https://www.rawstory.com/2020/11/trump-asked-for-options-to-iran-days-after-the-2020-race-was-called-for-biden-report/