Tuesday, January 12, 2010

More TOTALLY Serious News: A bomb in Tehran

And now, another break in the irrelevance for another Iran update: Today a bomb in killed Tehran University physics professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi outside of his home in Tehran. And that's about the only thing we can be certain of.

The state-run media is covering the story extensively (and from the expected angles). The reportage we're getting is all very confusing, as these things usually are, and I suspect some of it may be intentional so the Iranian government can feed their favorite narrative--that those lousy Zionists and those lousy Americans did it. To that effect, their official version says that Mohammadi was a nuclear physicist (the BBC tells us he was involved in quantum physics) and wasn't very political (although my source flatly states he was a supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi). When I checked earlier, there were even conflicting stories about where the bomb was hidden.

Nobody has claimed responsibility yet, but my anonymous blogger suspected in a post before the end of last year that a wave of "terrorism" was in the offing, with the implication that the terrorists weren't necessarily going to be outside of the government. "The bankrupt government [in Tehran] needs radicalism in order to attack the protesters." His theory is that the explosion might be used as a pretext to squelch a massive national day of protest planned for February 11th. It stops being a conspiracy theory when someone's actually out to get you...

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