Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Inst. for Near East Policy | November 4, 2011
The Iranian assassination plot makes sense when viewed through the lens of domestic political struggles. ++ Competing factions in the Islamic Republic have always put their interests ahead of national interests and been willing to ally with foreign powers if it suited them. ++ The assassination plot was likely intentionally designed to fail by elements that want to forestall any openings to the West. ++ If such rogue elements exist, it raises troubling questions about the security and future of Iran’s nuclear program.