If the U.S. or Israel attacks Iran, operations would not be limited to the targeting of Tehran’s suspected nuclear sites, but could also include attacks against several key military and industrial installations, the former head of Mossad’s foreign intelligence told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview.
“From a hypothetical point of view, one shouldn’t assume any attack would only target nuclear facilities. Other targets of significance to the Iranians could be attacked, including military bases, oil facilities and certain industrial facilities,” said Uzi Arad, former director of Mossad’s Intelligence Division and Chairman of Israel’s prestigious Herzliya Conference.
“The Iranians shouldn’t make the assumption that just because they hide a few nuclear sites they are safe. There are enough targets to exact a very heavy price on Tehran, so much so that it should render their entire nuclear exercise a losing proposition,” said Arad.
Last week, the National Council for Resistance, a grass-roots Iranian organization that in the past has accurately revealed Iranian nuclear sites, announced Tehran was producing enriched uranium and testing biological and chemical warfare projects at a secret plant in northeast Iran that had not been disclosed to United Nations inspectors.
WorldNetDaily reported exclusively the site is hidden many feet below a development of luxury villas in the Iranian suburb of Nour in the Lavizan district of northeast Tehran.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said he has seen intelligence corroborating some of the Council’s disclosures and that Iran may be researching the use of conventional warheads to deliver nuclear material.
Arad said the Iranians shouldn’t view America’s troubles in Iraq as an impediment to its ability to attack Iran.
“The Iranian planners should not make the easy assumption that Iraq will hamper America’s efforts. Iraq gives the U.S. certain important tactical advantages, including a major staging base. We may be talking here mostly about an air campaign against Iran, and this kind of targeting can be mounted and staged from neighboring Iraq,” said Arad.
Arad said for now America and the international community must continue to press for sanctions and other methods of intense pressure against Tehran, and suggested the Iranian regime should view Iraq as a warning.
“We saw in Iraq what happens to a country that supports terrorism and tries to obtain WMDs,” he said. “Iraq should serve as an example, both from this war and during the first Gulf War, that when America acts, it brings an overwhelming force to bear. The Iranian leaders must ask themselves whether they are willing to take this very high risk gamble with their nuclear program because they might end up where Saddam is today.”
Arad warned allowing Tehran to develop nuclear weapons would have widespread serious negative consequences.
“If Iran proceeds, it will be disastrous for the world,” said Arad. “It would place nuclear weapons in the hands of a hostile totalitarian regime. It would be a victory for all states that support terrorism, a clear signal to hard-liners that they can get away with such things. It would stiffen the negotiating positions on key diplomatic disputes, including the Arab-Israeli conflict. It would have a spillover effect on other countries – Saudi Arabia would want such weapons. It would destabilize the Gulf region, have consequences for the world oil supply. And it would mean the total unraveling of the nonproliferation regime and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ability to be effective.”
Support of Iranian opposition by the international community could be an effective way of handling the current regime, said Arad.
“The regime does not have strong domestic support. There is a great deal of resentment on the surface. Its stability can be greatly reduced by the people themselves.”
Arad told WorldNetDaily the issue of Iran and other key regional issues, including Israel’s Gaza withdrawal and its growing relationship with the EU and involvement in NATO, will be discussed at this years Herzliya Conference in mid-December.
The conference, in its fifth year, is known to set the tone for regional policies and has been the site of several major policy speeches by Israeli leaders. Sharon last year announced at the conference his disengagement plan, and in 2002 detailed the U.S.-backed roadmap to peace. Arad said to expect similarly important diplomatic announcements this year, as well.