Though the U.S. denies it, the most recent and third assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist is clearly the work of Western agents to any analyst worth their salt. Witnesses described a scene fit for Hollywood but devastatingly real — two assailants whizzed by on a motorcycle and sped away, though not before attaching a magnetic car bomb to the vehicle that nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was in. The vehicle exploded, killing Roshan and injuring two others.
We are witnessing a new era of warfare where drones and black ops teams wipe enemies off the map outside the boundaries of war zones. Though it has taken some time, the militaries of the world, and in particular the U.S. military-industrial complex (which despite budget cuts will still be the world’s most-funded), are beginning to excel in trumping many of the tactics employed by asynchronous terrorist organizations in the past decade. Yet another recent example is the extension of drones from attack to supply vehicles, as seen target=”_blank”>in the development and eventual deployment of unmanned ‘drone’ helicopters.
It’s almost certain that the Western powers behind these clandestine attacks have taken many precautions to prevent being associated in the slightest. In a world of increasing surveillance and technological savvy, it will be interesting to see if their 21st century war maneuvers can remain untethered to any nationality or will continue to be mysterious and untraceable. For example, if the next assassination is somehow thwarted and the assassins are somehow detained, the foreign relations ramifications would be way worse than a mere drone being captured. Then again, can any intelligent person really doubt Western involvement at this point?