Scott Horton Interviews Muhammad Sahimi

Scott Horton, October 29, 2009

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Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the co-opting of Jundullah by the CIA and Saudi Arabia to destabilize Iran, Congress’s generous $300 million outlay to terrorist groups who participate in covert actions against U.S. enemies, Jundullah’s likely participation in the Afghanistan-to-Europe heroin trade and the global struggle over Central Asian petroleum pipeline routes.

MP3 here. (23:56)

Muhammad Sahimi is NIOC Professor of Petrolium Engineering and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California. He has written extensively on Iran’s nuclear program and its political developments. His article “Jundallah and the Geopolitics of Energy” is available on Antiwar.com.

4 Responses to “Muhammad Sahimi”

  1. Good, informative interview. However, Israel somehow was totally absent from the picture presented here.

    I wonder. Is Israel not interested in the disruptive activities of Jundunllah in Iran? Is Israel sitting back politely and watching the show without taking sides? Makes you wonder.

    Would Israel not be interested is stoking hostilities between Iran and an increasingly unstable Pakistan?

    Would it not be a marvellous solution to the perceived existential threat Iran is posing Israel, not to mention the Saudi Royal family; if Pakistan one day nuked Iran?

    There is much to think about.

  2. Like the Ninevites of Jonah's day, Israel is a bunch of people who don't know their right hand from their left. Anyway, no dissident group in Pakistan or Iran would accept their help.

  3. Israel is of course involved in helping Judullah. Of course like Lester said Jundullah would not accept help from Israel or CIA, but that is the thing – such help is never given directly, but they go through fronts and allies. Just like CIA helping the taliban against soviet, they went though Pakistan.

    The taliban got their ear marked stingers from Pakistan that got hem from CIA. This is the case with CIA and Israel too. They help jundullah by third parties, of course they do not engage in direct relations.

  4. "The taliban got their ear marked stingers from Pakistan that got hem from CIA."

    IN the past. Nowadays, China is giving shoulder-fired SAMS to rebel groups in Burma (So asia times on line) and they may migrate to Afghanistan, Jundullah, the Unorganized Militia of Kentucky, who knows? Such are the wonders of supply and demand.

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