Erbil, Nov. 30 (AKnews) – In one of the secret cables released by the Wikileaks and published on Britian's Guardian website,Israel's spy chief Meir Dagan advised the U.S. to "strike at the heart of Iran" and change the regime by exploiting weak spots, including developing the identities of minorities like the Kurds.
Dagan points out that the US and Israel can exploit Iran's weak spots to bring the country to down its knees and change the Islamic regime including the use of regional pressure, using the support of the minority groups like the Kurds, exploiting unemployment in the country.
Israel and the U.S. could "change the ruling regime in Iran, and its attitude towards backing terror regimes" Dagan is said to have stressed in a meeting between him and U.S. undersecretary of state Nick Burns in August 2007. "We could also get them to delay their nuclear project. Iran could become a normal state"
He advised the US to do more to instigate regime change in Iran, "possibly with the support of student democracy movements, and ethnic groups" including the Kurds, Azeris, and Baluchs opposed to the ruling regime, by engaging directly with them. "Voice of America (VOA) broadcasts are important, but more radio transmissions in Farsi are needed,"
The minorities are raising their heads, and are tempted to resort to violence, according to the cable. He also suggests that more could be done to get the Europeans to take tougher stands against Iran – with Israel's help.
The Israeli spy chief says in the cable that "pressure on Iran is building up, but said this approach alone will not resolve the crisis… Coordination with the Gulf states is helpful, but the U.S. should also coordinate with Azerbaijan and countries to the north of Iran, to put pressure on Iran,"
According to Dagan's information, unemployment rate in Iran exceeds 30 percent nationwide, while some towns and villages experiencing a 50 percent rate, especially among 17-30 year olds.
"People are criticizing the government for investing in and sponsoring Hamas, saying that they government should invest in Iran itself" as Daqan puts it, "and this is provoking a real crisis among Iran's leaders."
"Three Iranian banks are on the verge of collapse. The financial sanctions are having a nationwide impact. Iran's regime can no longer just deal with the bankers themselves." Dagan told Burns.
Raber Y. Aziz/AKnews
Tuesday, November 30th 2010 9:55 AM