This is in the Los Angeles Times today:
Two separate explosions killed a nuclear scientist and injured another in the Iranian capital Monday morning, official news outlets reported. Both scholars’ wives and a driver were also injured in the attacks, according to the news agencies. The slain scientist, Majid Shahriari, was a member of the nuclear engineering team at the Shahid Behesti university in Tehran, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, or IRNA.
And the presumed lack of a brain drain from Iran is given as a cause for the terrorism:
Fars [an Iranian news agency] described the two professors as members of the pro-government Basiji militia and blamed the United States and Israel for the attacks. “Due to their lack of hope for brain drain from Iran, agents of America and the Zionist regime resorted to physical elimination and terrorism,” the news agency said.
I wonder if there would be a brain drain if Iran’s borders were actually open, don’t you? And I wonder what it means for the definition of terrorist if a Western nation, through its intelligence services, is responsible for what is plainly an act akin to that of the Unabomber. Do the ends justify the means? And do you suppose that either Barack Obama or Benjamin Netanyahu (or both) knew about this in advance—and authorized it?