Back in May I wrote about the secret war on Iran, which has so far manifested in cyber-terrorism, commercial sabotage, and assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists. I inferred, critics would charge speculated, cautiously that this last piece of the puzzle (committing international terrorist acts against Iranian scientists) was perpetrated by the U.S., and implicitly Israel. The acts did coincide with public announcements by U.S. officials that it was increasing its covert activity in the country, and individuals involved had laid blame on the CIA.
Such impressions were fleshed out a bit more when Seymour Hersh published his New Yorker piece detailing many of the covert activities the U.S. had been conducting inside Iran (not to mention its conclusion that no evidence had been found of an Iranian nuclear program).
Now Der Spiegel has leaked an admission from an Israeli intelligence official that Israel, through their intelligence agency Mossad, has in fact been involved in the unprovoked assassinations and terrorist acts inside Iran:
“Israel is not responding,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said earlier this week when asked if his country had been involved in the latest slaying of an Iranian nuclear scientist. It didn’t exactly sound like a denial, and the smile on his face suggested Israel isn’t too bothered by suspicions that it is responsible for a series of murders of physicists involved in the controversial Iranian nuclear program.
There is little doubt in the shadowy world of intelligence agencies that Israel is behind the assassination of Darioush Rezaei. “That was the first serious action taken by the new Mossad chief Tamir Pardo,” an Israeli intelligence source told SPIEGEL ONLINE.
On July 23, Rezaei became the latest victim in a mysterious series of attacks over the past 20 months which has seen the virtual decimation of the Islamic republic’s elite physicists. The 35-year-old died after being shot in the throat in front of his daughter’s kindergarten in east Tehran. The Iranian press has reported that the two alleged perpetrators in the attack escaped on a motorcycle.
Anyone doubting whether these acts categorically qualified as acts of international terrorism is probably not being honest. One assassination consisted of a remotely detonated bomb rigged to a motorcycle exploded next to the target’s car. Another two attacks had mysterious motorcycle assailants attaching a bomb directly to the target’s car. And the latest had the target shot in the throat in front of his daughter’s kindergarten. For the most part, I’ll let this speak for itself. But just imagine the repercussions if there was an admission by Iranian agents that they had covertly murdered American scientists, both in and out of government. We would probably be looking at another full scale invasion in the Middle East.