Posted: January 16th, 2012 by FreeWestRadio
Israel’s assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists is intended to provoke a belligerent response that would cause the US to make war on Iran, as pointed out by a segment in mainstream Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” TV program–especially comments of former CIA officer Robert Baer.
There seems to be little doubt, according to Baer, that these assassinations have been an Israeli operation, but the weakening effect on Iran’s nuclear program is far less significant than the fact that this could easily provoke Iranian retaliation and achieve the desired US/Iranian war. (I would add that if Iran refuses to respond in a belligerent fashion, there is also the possibility of an Israeli false flag attack against US citizens which could be blamed on Iran.)
Matthews should be given credit for allowing mention of the effort of Israel to manipulate the US into a Middle East war, which is a mainstream taboo. Of course, Israel has been pushing for war with Iran for over a decade; and the Israel lobby in the US has been making the effort to have US Middle East policy coincide with Israeli interests.
The neocon Middle East war agenda certainly included regime change in Iran, though it sought much more. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, being perceived as the weak link, would be the first step for the elimination of all regimes hostile to Israel in the region. The neocons sought to make Iran the Bush administration’s second major target and were successful in creating a more hostile US policy toward that country, but they were unsuccessful in bringing about war due to resistance from influential establishment non-neocons within and outside the Bush II administration and the diminishing desire of the American people for war, which had been white hot after the terror attacks of 9/11. I go over this history in my book “The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel.”