Accident? Intentional? No matter. The incident near an Iranian military facility that reportedly shook windows of buildings located up to nine miles away from the site is a reminder of the need for full visibility on the range of Iranian activities that pose, or could pose, a threat to U.S. security and interests. Relying on Iranian regime assertions or international inspections and multilateral talks held hostage by Tehran is a dangerous gamble. More needs to be done to reign in Iranian adventurism.
Fox News reports that a very large explosion has killed two workers at Parchin, an Iranian military explosives facility believed to also house part of Iran’s nuclear program. Of course the mullahs deny any nuclear work at Parchin, however, the regime has also been denying access since 2005 to international inspectors.
Coincidentally, or not, the explosion occurred a day before International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials were scheduled to meet with Iranian representatives in Vienna to discuss a number of outstanding issues relating to the offensive, military application of Iranian nuclear research and activities. On the agenda, Parchin.
Was the explosion an attempt to further sanitize Parchin; to eliminate any residual trace of covert nuclear weapons related work by Iran? Was it some outside force—an attempt at sabotage—to delay the Iran’s nuclear weapons progress (a la Stuxnet) or to send a clear message to the mullahs of what may be in store for them if they do not reverse course (a la al-Kibar in Syria)?
If an accident, again, it also shows that the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to play with matches. To do so risks setting the broader Middle East on fire.
Yet, the current approach to Iran risks precisely that by easing sanctions, unfreezing assets, and engaging in talks that move the goal post and allow Iran to keep a nuclear capacity and infrastructure that can be turned against the U.S. and its allies
Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu last month before the United Nations crystallized in a few words what the free world refuses to see or accept: “Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world.” Leave it to Israel to remind all of us not to become distracted and lose sight of the Iran threat; not to forget Iran’s global mission set forth by the Ayatollah Khomeini 35 years ago who promised, as Netanyahu relayed: “we will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry ‘there is no god but Allah’ will echo throughout the world over.”
If National Intelligence Estimates are to be believed, Iran ceased certain weaponization activities around the time it found itself wedged between U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, not only are we fighting a number of Islamist terrorists with one arm tied behind our backs, we face an Iranian regime that has been emboldened and wants to play with matches. Will we, and the rest of the free world, wait to get burned?