A highly-placed Israeli source informs me that Iranâ€™s uranium enrichment facility at Fordo has been extensively damaged by an explosion. The bomb was the work of a joint Israeli-U.S.-MEK sabotage operation codenamed Achilles, which used a Trojan horse to infiltrate the plant.
Bibi Netanyahu convened an extraordinary meeting of all the top intelligence and military brass on Wednesday, the day after the election, to evaluate Achilles. They deemed it a â€œgreat success.â€ Word of the meeting leaked to the media, so the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office (PMO) released a cover story saying the meeting was about the Syrian situation (Hebrew). It wasnâ€™t.
Such sabotage has happened before to Iranian nuclear facilities. But one of the things that is new about this operation is that this is the first time in his previous reporting that my source has told me the U.S. and MEK collaborated with the Mossad. Previous assassinations were joint efforts of only the MEK and Israel. If this is true, it may mean that the State Departmentâ€™s removal of the MEK from the U.S. terror list has allowed the CIA to begin working with the Iranian group in a much more direct fashion. Those of us who know about the nature of the MEK can only be alarmed that our government is allying itself with a terrorist cult.
Iranian intelligence sources who defected to the west: the uranium enrichment plant in the belly of the earth near Qom was destroyed last week. Alex Fishman, whose article accompanies the headline, includes hardly a reference to the astonishing news featured in the headline. He does refer to sabotage and mysterious failures which have beset the nuclear program and caused any estimation of an Iranian nuclear weapon to be delayed by two years.
The Yediot headline may refer to a report by Iranian defector using the pseudonym, Reza Khalili, and published in the far-right news site, WND. He was the first to report on the explosion and based his story on a former Iranian intelligence official. That source alleges:
The regime believes the blast was sabotage and the explosives could have reached the area disguised as equipment or in the uranium hexafluoride stock transferred to the siteâ€¦ The accident occurred on Monday at 11AM Iran time. He adds that 240 personnel are also trapped underground and could not be rescued so far. To be candid, I would never believe anything Khalili said unless it could be independently corroborated. This explains why. He is an entirely untrustworthy source, nor is WND a reliable publication. But given my source, who added further details not published by Fishman or Khalili, I trust there was an explosion at Fordo. Further, I spoke with an Israeli security correspondent whose work is entirely independent and trustworthy. He too is confident there was such an event. He also agreed the information I published above was accurate as far as what he knows.
Now the question is what impact this will have on Iranâ€™s nuclear program and on the prospect for an attack against Iran. Fordo was Iranâ€™s most advanced, secret, and secure enrichment facility and damaging or destroying it would be a major blow. Further, since the Iranians believed it was impregnable to attack they saw it as a â€œwinning negotiation cardâ€ according to Muhammad Sahimi, they could use in negotiations with the west. Now theyâ€™ve lost that card and proven that even their most well-protected facility is vulnerable.
But Iran has decentralized its program so that precisely such a setback will not destroy the entire project. Only 20% of Iranâ€™s centrifuges were in Fordo. The rest are in Natanz and other sites. The loss of a large number of scientific and technical staff, if that has occurred, will also damage the program. But again, it has been organized so that even such a devastating outcome could be overcome by other research units around the country. Progress will be delayed, but not stopped or reversed.
As to the likelihood of an attack against Iran, if this story is accurate that prospect has been delayed or even eliminated. Pres. Obama will find no urgency whatsoever to attack Iran militarily when sabotage has proven so effective. Depending on how Bibi reacts, it may drive an even deeper wedge between them if he doesnâ€™t give up the idea of such a joint attack with the U.S.
But I point out as I have every time Iâ€™ve reported such scoops: sabotage is not a substitute for having an actual policy concerning Iranâ€™s nuclear program. It does not persuade Iran to renounce its efforts. It does not undermine Netanyahuâ€™s long-standing hatred for Iran and his desire for regime change. Sabotage, whether itâ€™s an explosion or the murder of nuclear scientists, only delays the inevitable. If Iran determines to have a nuclear weapon, it will. Nothing short of regime change can stop such a development.
But Iranâ€™s leaders have repeatedly said they do not intend to create such a weapon. Western and U.S. intelligence sources confirm no evidence proving that Iran is moving in this direction. So what are we sabotaging and why?
Finally, if we want to come to an understanding with Iran about its nuclear program we must do that at the negotiating table, not via sabotage or computer viruses. No doubt, there are cheers at the CIA, Mossad and in the lairs of the MEK. They consider this a great victory (many of them donâ€™t want to bomb Iran either). But it isnâ€™t. Itâ€™s merely one battle in a war that they canâ€™t win using the means theyâ€™ve adopted. This means that the U.S. has joined the Mossad and MEK in using tactics that would be considered terrorism were they used against us. This isnâ€™t surprising considering the Obama administrationâ€™s embraced of targeted killings and drone strikes. Nor is it surprising considering Obamaâ€™s pursuit of whistleblowers who attempt to expose our use of such tactics including torture.
I come to the reluctant conclusion that the U.S., like Israel, is a state that uses terror when it suits. Unlike Israel, Obama has all manner of justifications and obfuscations to explain away what itâ€™s doing. The prevailing notion is weâ€™re not doing what you think weâ€™re doing. What weâ€™re doing is constitutional and conforms with international law. John Brennan, Obamaâ€™s nominee for the next CIA director, looks a Congressional committee straight in the eye and tells them heâ€™s righteous and dares them to say otherwise.