Friday, July 16, 2010

Shahram Sham

Justin Raimondo brought the story to my attention — The Shahram Affair. Then, I naïvely thought the MSM proved him wrong — Iran scientist home, report claims CIA paid him $5mn. To which, pointing out the many obvious holes in the story, Mr. Raimondo asks, "Could US propaganda be any lamer?" — The Shahram Charade.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justin Raimondo's story makes no sense either.

If this Iranian had been a wholly unwilling actor, and been kidnapped against his will, it would easily have been possible to keep him kidnapped against his will in some third world ally in this war against terror.

A much likelier explanation is that his departure was largely willing, and then, in the states he realized that his wife had become for all intents and purposes a single mother, and his child would grow up as the son of a traitor.

Raimondo diminishes his credibility by not mentioning this possiblity.

6:14 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

My first, or rather second, thought was that he made up the kidnapping claim so he could return to Iran. Perhaps the government there now has to buy the story for its propaganda purposes. Still, why no visa?

6:21 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

And the there's this -- US ties scientist's Iran return, US hikers' fate.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a law, well actually there are laws, that allow very wide latitude in making exceptions to immigration and similar laws in the interests of natinonal security.

A little known fact is that the European scientists working on the Manhattan project - at that time American nuclear physicists were dwarves - were told that they had to become US citizens and give up their foreign citizenship to work on the project - but one of them, immensely proud of his country, refused to do so. But they needed him. So they made him, a foreign - non US national - a colonel in the US army, and let him work continue to work on the project. After the war he taught at Princeton and Cal Tech, and on visits home, would look up his country's president and tell him how much having the bomb would help his country, and how happy he'd be to help it do so.

For that matter Oppenheimer is rumored to have been instrumental in making the Israeli nuke.

8:48 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the info, especially about Oppy.

9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

It been more than two decades since I read Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb. From what I remember, Teller was one of the most unpleasant figures involved in the whole thing.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that in the Arab world, some believe that Oppie took a quiet sabbatical in the region of Dimona.

I read a biography of Teller; the man was clearly insane and dangerous.

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Abdul Alhazred said...

I believe Teller was the basis for the (very insane) title character of Dr. Strangelove, played by Peter Sellers in the great Stanley Kubrick film.

2:19 PM  

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