Iran's nuclear weapons program has broad support among the opposition. Mousavi explicitly said during the campaign that he would continue the nuclear program, even enhance it, without acknowledging it was a bomb program, which surely it is. The scientists and engineers working in the program are disproportionately likely to be supporters of the opposition. The regime is based on an Islamo-populist appeal. These people are educated intellectuals, not likely to be swayed by demagogues. But they are also Persian nationalists. Israel's decision to murder Mohammadi was a dual message: to all the scientists, that the regime cannot protect you, and to the opposition, that Israel will try to snuff out any Iranian bomb program, no matter who leads Iran.
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