Among the most serious of the problems facing the world today is the unrelenting attempt by Iran to develop nuclear weapon capacity. The rogue nation declares a right to nuclear arms, nuclear tipped missiles. To make matters worse, Iran, and the supercilious president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have bragged that they will “wipe Israel off the face of the planet“; While this is only rhetoric, it cannot be ignored.
Politicians in America, in Great Britain, and throughout the world have pondered what steps may become necessary should this Iranian proliferation continue. Some have conceded a willingness preemptively to strike Iranian nuclear development areas, showing strength to the world and eliminating the threat. Recent history has shown that strikes such as they propose, intended to resolve the threat in a few days, can stretch on for years, and involve all quarters of the world. A preemptive strike, regardless of how well planned, would inevitably lead to the deaths and severe injury of many persons, and would likely elicit strong criticism from those uninvolved.
In early January, Iran rounded up and arrested several persons whom they charged with spying. In that instance, they accused Israel and the United States of carrying out covert intelligence operations in order to undermine Iranian elections, and in some cases to oppose the Iranian nuclear program. In a similar arrest in December, an American man, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, was arrested as a spy. Iran media reported that Hekmati admitted to U.S. training and was involved in terrorist activities.
We can imagine a scenario wherein those accused of spying are held captive in the near-areas of nuclear research and testing. This strategic placement would hinder or thwart any preemptive threat from the free world.
Some, in discussing the need to prevent atomic weapons in Iran, have cautiously mentioned the potential for CIA intelligence participation. A network of operatives and spies covertly infiltrating the region, utilizing 21st century devices and techniques as speculated by Hollywood moviemakers, in the real world; a thrilling consideration. Daring but less bloody than other options, the use of CIA agents is not unprecedented. We recall when Joseph Wilson was sent by the G.W.Bush administration to establish uranium enrichment in Africa, for sale to Iraq, prior to the invasion of that nation.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has blamed the American CIA, and Great Britain, for the violent death last week of a scientist working to advance the Iranian Nuclear Weapons program. Thirty two year old University Professor Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated Wednesday in his Peugeot 405 automobile, at Gol Nabi Street, in Tehran, the Iranian capital. Two men on a motorcycle sped to his car, then attached to it a potent magnetic bomb. The powerful explosion devastated the auto, killing the Iranian specialist, and injuring Roshan’s driver, who later died at a hospital. An 85 year old woman unfortunately on the street at the time was also killed. If the CIA was indeed involved, we may soon see more of such timely and controversial deployment.
Following the fatal attack, the Iranian state news agency sent a letter to the U.S., stating Iran had “evidence and reliable information” that the CIA provided “guidance, support and planning” to assassins “directly involved” in Roshan’s killing.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton denied any U.S. role in the slaying and the Obama administration condemned the attacks. Israeli officials, in contrast, have hinted at covert campaigns against Iran without directly admitting involvement.