Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Secret War With Iran


In the years since 9/11, the U.S. war on terror has focused on al Qaeda, Afghanistan and Iraq. Coverage of Iran has been devoted almost exclusively to its nuclear ambitions. Yet, as Ronen Bergman’s ground-breaking study reveals, for the past 30 years, Iran has been the world’s leading sponsor of global terror and it stands today as the most formidable sponsor of terror in the world.

Bergman, one of Israel’s leading investigative journalists, has written a book based on the unparalleled access that he gained to an impressive range of sources in the Mossad and other intelligence agencies around the world, including high-placed officials in these organizations. He reveals how Iranian terrorist masterminds have crisscrossed the globe, conducting bombings and assassinations with impunity - even renting apartments in New York City as part of a planned bombing campaign here.

At the same time, Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, has virtually taken over southern Lebanon, undermining the chances for Middle East stability and threatening Israel with high-powered weaponry supplied by Iran. Iran and Hezbollah worked closely with al Qaeda and other Sunni terrorist groups in developing their terrorist attacks, and Iranian commandos trained Iraqi insurgents in suicide bombing and detonating roadside bombs - two types of operations which have been responsible for a disproportionate number of deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq.

In response, and largely out of the public eye, a vast clandestine war is being fought, with Iran and Hezbollah on one side and the CIA, the Mossad and their European counterparts on the other. To date, the West has been unable to thwart Iran's propagation of terror around the world. The full story of this secret war is disclosed for the first time in Bergman's book,The Secret War with Iran: The 30-year Clandestine Struggle Against The World's Most Dangerous Terrorist Power.

Bergman will be my guest on News Talk Online on Tuesday February 17 to discuss the revelations in his book, information that he believes will fundamentally change the debate about U.S. national security priorities.

The book is the product of more than 10 years of research and is based on over 300 interviews, including with key figures from U.S., Israeli, French, German, Argentine and other intelligence services.

Among those revelations:
in 2005, a Hezbollah cell based in Montreal rented two apartments in New York City. Its members began surveillance of various department stores and an FBI office in Manhattan. Bergman also describes the defection of a key Iranian intelligence officer who revealed Tehran's plans to develop nuclear weapons and to export terrorism around the globe and ties between Iran and al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

To talk to Bergman on News Talk Online at 5 PM New York time Tuesday February 17 CLICK HERE.

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Anonymous said...

The Obama administration seems to be abandoning threats against Iran in favor of negotiations.

This is what happened with Iran's surrogates in the Gaza. When Israel stopped defending itself, Hamas, under the guise of a cease-fire, rearmed.

Perhaps President Obama should read this book before he moves any further toward a change in policy toward Iran!

Anonymous said...

Iran is the 'master' of proxy actions, in my opinion. Its hands are dirty in so many way, for the West maybe it becomes just a matter of degree.
The emphasis with Iran, at the moment, is it's nucleur capability and potential - and this takes up much of the energy and attention of the Western nations. Of course it is a real and present danger and one we need to be mindful of. However, they can send in as many UN observors as they wish, but if a country the size of Iran wants to hide something then it's not going to be found.
The real danger posed by Iran in my opinion is their wish to see everything in a state of chaos and confusion - this would allow for the perpetrators of that chaos to move in and take advantage of the situation. Hamas and Hezbollah are prime examples of the pawns being used by Iran.