In what could be a major boost for U.S. and other anti-war advocates particularly with regard to the Israeli – Iran imbroglio, in which the former is insisting upon striking Iran for its nuclear development, one of Mossad’s former chiefs’ has now flatly debunked the idea as a stupid one.
Iran looks to have got succor from the most unexpected quarters in the form of Meir Dagan, the former Supremo of Mossad, the world’s alleged most deadly Israeli Intelligence Service. Dagan is of the opinion that the very thought of a strike on Iran by Israeli forces is the "stupidest idea ever heard" by him.
According to Dagan, "An attack on Iran now before exploring all other approaches is not the right way how to do it [sic]." The former head of Israel’s spy service was articulating his views in an extraordinary interview to '60 Minutes' on one of the most vexing issues troubling world leaders, especially President Barack Obama in present times.
Dagan believes that Iran is nowhere near to developing a nuclear weapon. He told the CBS News program that there is a gesticulation period of at least three years before Iran could credibly develop nuclear weapons. He warned that despite knowing this, if Israel still chooses to strike its Iranian neighbor, the latter would let loose a “rain of missiles” upon the Jewish state.
Meir Dagan was in charge of Mossad for nearly ten years and feared by many nations. Ironically his main focus during his tenure as spy master was to stop the Iran’s nuclear program. Iranian authorities have reportedly claimed that he used every trick in the espionage book to neutralize attempts by Iran to kick-start its nuclear programs.
Dagan’s sneaky ideas included sending in assassins, computer viruses and faulty equipment, all in a bid to impede the Iranian nuclear agenda. More than shocking the Israeli dispensation, it would surely raise quite a lot of eyebrows among Iranians, at what seems to be this surprising show of appreciation for the Islamic Republic's regime, which is a rather hardened foe of Israel.
Queried by the interviewer if he felt the regime in Iran was capable of backing down from an escalating crisis over the country's nuclear program Dagan stated: "The regime in Iran is a very rational regime.” (Hope you are not shaking your head in bewilderment).
However, the Mossad chief was quick to qualify his statement by explaining: "No doubt that the Iranian regime is not exactly rational based on what I would call 'Western Thinking,' but no doubt they are considering all the implications of their actions."
Of course the above excerpts from Dagan's interview is not in consonance with the opinions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who participated in 'Meet The Press' earlier, where he lampooned the votaries of the policy of 'containing' Iran and its nuclear ambitions as those who "set a new standard for human stupidity."
Now the issue before the world is which of the two “stupid ideas” (attacking Iran or containing Iran) debunked by Meir Dagan and Benjamin Netanyahu respectively, will be best for peace in the region. Everyone will have to ponder over it too.
However, what is really heartening to note is that there are still saner elements among higher ups in the Israeli side, who could help in bringing about a solution hopefully (albeit idealistically) over the negotiating table on the sticky Israeli – Iran nuclear issue.