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Daybreak: Again, Iran Nuclear Scientist Killed

Plus Israel violates settlement pledge, and more in the news

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• Another Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in a bomb blast in Tehran. Those guys really should be more careful. [NYT]

• The Netanyahu government is incentivizing living in a bloc of West Bank settlements, in putative violation of a promise it made to the United States. [Haaretz]

• The U.N. Security Council: still doing nothing meaningful about Syria. [FP Turtle Bay]

• How President Assad embodies and articulates all the post-Arab Spring fault-lines. [LAT]

• Manhattan borough president (and likely 2013 mayoral candidate) Scott Stringer denounced the recent incidences of anti-Semitic vandalism in New York City. [NYT City Room]

• The Times does what it does best: chats with new White House chief-of-staff Jacob Lew’s neighbors in Riverdale. [NYT]

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kafantaris says:

Another scientist is killed and again the United States along with Israel are deemed to be the ones that killed him — to slow Iran from building an atomic bomb.
Not even Russia had gone that far during the cold war. Neither had we — until now.
Yet our presidential candidates advocate that we “take out” more Iranian scientists, “all of it covertly, all of it deniable.”
Surprisingly, few people raised an eyebrow to this newly articulated expediency in international affairs.
Is no one concerned that the victims might have wives and children; mothers and fathers; sisters and brothers? Or that these scientists had committed no crime or terrorist act to justify us killing them?
To be sure, expediency has no moral code. Its only rule is to reach an end, by any means. Those who regularly resort to expediency must therefore regularly also compromise their moral compass — the very guide they will need to find their way out of the next storm. When that storm comes they are left morally bankrupt and at loss as to what to do.
Still, they see no risk in being in this position. That’s fine.
We, however, are a God fearing nation, conceived out of a universal sense for fairness.
There is nothing fair or right about killing another nation’s scientists.

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