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The shocking failure of Israel and the West to suppress Iran despite thirty-years’ secret struggle
While many now fear a looming war with Iran, few know that this war is already raging and has been doing so for the past three decades.
Starting from the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, intelligence expert Ronen Bergman details the complex array of political manoeuvring, assassination attempts, arms trading, and suicide bombs that have characterised the secret war between Iran and the intelligence services of Israel and the United States. Drawing on interviews with a plethora of intelligence agents from all sides, this is a riveting exploration of the growing influence of Iran in the Middle East, and the covert activities of the CIA and Mossad to tackle Iran and its political ambitions.
Drawing on an astonishing amount of research, Israeli journalist Bergman describes in fascinating detail the three-decade "intelligence struggle" between Iran and the West. It is a grim history dominated by "a series of failures," including the rise of Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran's alliance with Syria and the regime's success in shielding its nuclear program from international scrutiny. Despite some recent Iranian setbacks e.g., the 2007 Israeli "Ghost Raid" against a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor Bergman concludes that Middle Eastern skies "have not looked so gloomy for a long time." Among the revelations certain to resonate in the U.S. is Bergman's contention that a secret file exists that "proves unequivocally that George H.W. Bush surely knew about all the illegal goings-on" in the Iran-Contra scandal something Bush has always denied. Bergman stops short of recommending a course of action, but he makes a convincing case that Iran is not only a terrorist state but also the "greatest security challenge the U.S. is facing." Thoroughly researched and persuasively argued, Bergman's brief against Iran adds a powerful voice to a contentious debate.