Adéu a Nihil Obstat | Hola a The Catalan Analyst

Després de 13 anys d'escriure en aquest bloc pràcticament sense interrumpció, avui el dono per clausurat. Això no vol dir que m'hagi jubilat de la xarxa, sinó que he passat el relleu a un altra bloc que segueix la mateixa línia del Nihil Obstat. Es tracta del bloc The Catalan Analyst i del compte de Twitter del mateix nom: @CatalanAnalyst Us recomano que els seguiu.

Moltes gràcies a tots per haver-me seguit amb tanta fidelitat durant tots aquests anys.

dijous, 16 de febrer de 2012

L'atac d'Israel contra Iran, cada dia més a prop

Ja gairebé ningú dubta a Israel de la probabilitat d'un atac militar contra l'Iran. Encara que no se sàpiga, tothom està convençut que ja s'ha fixat l'abast de l'operació i el calendari. L'única pregunta que queda per respondre és si l'estat d'Israel es pot permetre el luxe d'atacar les instal.lacions nuclears de l'Iran sense l'acceptació, si més no tàcita, de Barack Obama. Per saber-ho, el cap del Mossad, Tamir Pardo, ha viatjat a Washington per reunir-se amb Obama. Fa un mes, Pardo es va reunir en secret amb diversos alts funcionaris nord-americans a càrrec de la qüestió iraniana, entre ells del cap de la CIA, David Petraeus. Després d'aquelles trobades, Israel ha deixat de compartir informació amb Washington sobre els preparatius militars en previsió d'un atac i Netanyahu ha ordenat a ministres i militars mantenir el més absolut silenci sobre l'Iran.

Està l'Iran al darrere de la mort dels seus científics?

El fet que els recents atemptats contra cotxes de personal diplomàtic israelià a Nova Delhi i Tbilissi s'hagin fet a través d'un motorista, de manera similar als atemptats contra científics iranians, ha fet volar les especulacions. Tot i que alguns mitjans atribueixen la coincidència a un macabre sentit de l'humor dels terroristes, algunes veus plantegen la possibilitat que tots aquests atemptats tinguin el mateix orígen: el règim iranià. Aquesta és l'opinió de Potkin Azarmehr, un blocaire brillant i periodista iranià amb seu al Regne Unit.

1. Professor Ali Mohammadi, killed in front of his home by a booby-trapped motorcycle parked outside, was a public supporter of the Green Movement and a member of a regional science project to which Israeli scientists also participated. He taught quantum physics: “It stretches the imagination to assume the Islamic Republic of Iran would include one of its key nuclear weapon/power scientists, who could be a possible target for assassination by Western agencies, on this SESAME project, where he would regularly meet in conferences with colleagues from other countries, including Israel.” An assassin, Jamal Fash, was paraded on TV, but the “TV confessions of Jamali Fash were full of contradictions and it later emerged that he was an ardent pro-Ahmadinejad devotee and a kickboxer member of the national team.”

2. Professor Majid Shahriari, killed on November 29, 2010, was a member of the same regional project alongside Ali Mohammadi. Potkin notes that “There was no appeal made by the state for the public to come forward as witnesses and until now no one has been arrested or charged with his murder. I have come across one eyewitness myself however. A former employee of the interior ministry, who saw the whole thing and told me it bore all the hallmarks of an Iranian regime hit squad.”

3. Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani survived an attempt a few minutes after Shahriari was killed and was later appointed as head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. This guy was clearly linked to the program but, as Potkin helpfully notes, “Footage of Abbassi Davani’s car shown afterwards, show a few bullet holes on the bonnet and windscreen and unlike Shahriari’s car, his car was not blown up. If these assassinations were the work of highly sophisticated Western/Israeli sent hit squads, how is it that a theoretical research physicist not on the sanctions list is eliminated so efficiently but the more obvious target who is clearly connected to the nuclear program and is on the sanctions list, is not even hurt?”

4. Dariush Rezaei Nejad was murdered as he waited for his daughter at kindergarten on July 23, 2011. He is the namesake of a nuclear scientist, but he himself was an electrical engineering master student. His Wikipedia entry tells us that “At the time of his killing he was described by officials as a ‘nuclear scientist’ and an academic associated with Iran’s atomic activities, but days later as a postgraduate electrical engineering masters student at Tehran’s K.N.Toosi University of Technology, who was waiting to defend his thesis.” Potkin weighed in on this by adding that “He even had a Facebook page and on his Facebook page, he had included the dissident Iranian singer, Shajarian, as one of his favorites. It is unthinkable that an Iranian scientist connected with Iran’s nuclear program would have a Facebook page which shared his friends and family and their photos.”