Another Iranian peaceful nuclear facility goes *BOOM!*

Posted by: Phineas on December 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Once is an accident. Twice may just be a coincidence. But when bad things happen over and over?

Someone’s gunning for you. Someone who plays for keeps:

AN IRANIAN nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran’s military and atomic sites are under attack.

Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.

The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was “no doubt” that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was “no accident”.

The explosion at Iran’s third-largest city came as satellite images emerged of the damage caused by one at a military base outside Tehran two weeks ago that killed about 30 members of the Revolutionary Guard, including General Hassan Moghaddam, the head of the Iranian missile defence program.

Iran claimed that the Tehran explosion occurred during testing on a new weapons system designed to strike at Israel. But several Israeli officials have confirmed that the blast was intentional and part of an effort to target Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Gee, I wonder how the Israelis would know it was intentional and part of a larger plot? They couldn’t have anything to do with it, maybe by helping internal resistance groups, could they? Just because someone’s also been whacking Iranian atomic scientists and unleashing targeted computer viruses at the Mullah’s pet weapons program, and now has escalated to blowing up their missile bases just when the program chief and his North Korean advisers were visiting? And just because Iran has frequently threatened to rain nuclear fire on Israel? Surely it’s a coincidence.

As I like to say, “Oh, those wacky Jews.”

Go, Mossad!

PS: a word of caution about the source from Michael Totten.

A source I trust just told me that the journalist who broke this story has a dubious track record. That doesn’t necessarily mean the story is wrong, but these kinds of stories are sometimes goofed at the outset even by journalists with good records, so we shouldn’t assume we have this all figured out yet.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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6 Responses to “Another Iranian peaceful nuclear facility goes *BOOM!*”


  1. Carlos says:

    Like you say, Phineas, just a coincidence. No way would the Israelis tempt the wrath of the Arab world just to get rid of a program designed to 1) destroy Israel and 2) bring nuclear destruction to major population centers in the United States. After all, according to our own version of dear leader Mahmoud all we have to do is sit down and be reasonable with them and they’ll see the light.

    Won’t they?

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    What? No White House “leak” taking credit?

  3. Kate says:

    So there must be a ghost in the machine at the Iranian power plants and weapons systems depots. A smartly run inside job funded by those who know better and can keep their lips zipped. Many people in Iran are not in favor of the theocratic regime and this may be one signal that they are finding ways to exert pressure without even one public demonstration.

    In my opinion, this is why the British Embassy was attacked….not such a populist movement, but a veiled threat by the powers-that-be in Iran to try to root out where the money is coming from and who may be passing information to the free world. Now with other European countries removing their diplomats it may signal the next phase in a breakdown in the Iranian regime. I am sure many documents and files are being destroyed to protect the “innocent” who are involved in this well run operation.

  4. Ralph Gizzip says:

    “Awful nice nuclear facility you got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.”

  5. Carlos says:

    From what I can tell, Drew, they’re all walking “leaks” in the WH, if you get my drift.