Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan Evokes Posterity, Immortality in Opposing Iran War
March 13, 2012 • 7:35AM

One of the most important parts of the CBS "60 Minutes" interview with former Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan was not aired in the prime time showing, but only exists on the CBS website under the title, "Why the Ex-Mossad Chief Is Speaking Out." Asked if he thinks he is "having an impact," after going public with opposition to a military attack on Iran, Dagan said:

"I don't want to be in a position that someday in the future, my grandson will come to me, and ask me, 'Hey, old man, what did you do [Dagan points in the air, as to the future] in that opportunity,' and I at least, will be able to tell him, 'Look, I follow my conscience, and I spoke, what I, what I am obliged to speak. And I did it.'"

Lyndon LaRouche commented that Dagan was indicating that there is no morality in the two most recent generations; the last one that had it was their generation.

In the suppressed segment, he also said that the decision to attack Iran is "not a military question. It's a political issue, and it's an issue what — for how long are you able to delay the project. What are going to be the consequences? What is the impact that Israel is going to pay as the result of a regional war? Those are the questions to ask yourself if you are making [a] decision to attack targets in Iran."

In the broadcast, Dagan said that there is "at least three years" before Iran would have a bomb, an Israeli attack will start a regional war. "And wars, you know how they start. You never know how you are ending it. " He added that an Israeli strike could lead to an Iranian retaliation with hundreds, possibly thousands of missiles that would have a "devastating impact" on Israel's ability to continue its daily life. "Israel will be in a very serious situation for quite a time," he said.

Interviewer Leslie Stahl was as provocative as possible trying to attain a "gotcha" moment where Dagan would say he wants the U.S. to attack Iran. After three tries, she got him to say something like that, but only after he insisted that there is no cause for attacking Iran now, that he believes that regional war will be provoked, that Israel would be in danger for a long time afterward, and that wars can be started, but not ended. Not the answers that Stahl apparently wanted. The following brief excerpt gives a good summary of Dagan's strong opposition.

Stahl: [why do you oppose an Israeli strike]

Dagan: We are going to ignite, at least from my point of view, a regional war. And wars, you know how they start. You never know how you are ending it.

Stahl: If Israel does strike Iran, the retaliation would probably take place right here. Hezbollah could come from the north; Hamas could fire from the south.

Dagan: It will be a devastating impact on our ability to continue with our daily life. I think that Israel will be in a very serious situation for quite a time.

Dagan's other concern is that a bombing attack would not be effective. It's been widely reported that there are four main, heavily fortified, nuclear facilities dispersed across Iran. He says it's more complicated than that.

Dagan: There are dozens of sites.

Stahl: Dozens?

Dagan: Dozens.

Stahl: Not four?

Dagan: Not four.

Stahl: So if Israel were to go and have their strike, they'd have to have a dozen hits?

Dagan: You'll have to deal with a large number of targets.

Stahl: Here's something that I saw that you said. You said, "There's no military attack that can halt the Iranian nuclear project. It could only delay it."

Dagan: Yes, I agree.

As reported in a CBS pre-release, Dagan said that the regime in Iran is a rational one. When Stahl asked about Ahmadinejad, he replied, "The answer is yes. Not exactly our rational, but I think he is rational." Adding that though Iranians' rationality was different from the Western way of thinking, "they are considering all the implications of their actions.... They will have to pay dearly ... and I think the Iranians at this point in time are ... very careful on the project," Dagan said. "They are not running it...."