That is, as long as enough of them are offed to stymie development of a deliverable Iranian nuke.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he knows who's behind the recent drive-by bombings of the scientists. He sees "the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments" -- by which he means Israel and the United States.
Maybe. (The answer will no doubt be in the next WikiLeaks dump.)
According to news reports, unidentified assailants riding motorcycles carried out two bombings in Tehran on Monday, attaching explosives to the scientists' cars and detonating them remotely.
One attack killed Majid Shahriari, manager of a "major project" for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization and an expert in neutron transport -- a key stage in the chain reactions behind nuclear weapons.
The other bomb seriously injured Fereydoon Abbasi, a senior Ministry of Defense scientist who's said to work closely with the notorious Revolutionary Guard and reportedly is believed by Western intelligence to be a key figure in Iran's drive to build nukes.
As one unnamed US official told the Times: "They're [both] bad people, and the work they do is exactly what you need to design a bomb." (Continues here)