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Nuclear showdown with Iran,
This review is from: Countdown to Crisis: Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran (Hardcover)
This book is a little dated - it came out in 2006, but it is still definitely worth a read. Mr Timmerman has produced a highly readable book on Iran`s secret (and none too secret) development of nuclear weapons and their missile programme.
He very much believes that even in 2006 the programme was more advanced than observers believe and he has attempted to substantiate that with defectors tales, documents and other sources. I suspect the major psychological obstacle to digesting the allegations is everyone`s concerns, after the nonappearance of WMD in Iraq, that the sources may not appear to be all they say they are - some of the allegations come from a longterm Iranian terrorist group and there is some caution over defectors given the "Curveball" fiasco ie the source behind the mobile WMD production facility "that never was" in Iraq, and whether there are now options available to the authorities to force Iran from pulling back from its onward march towards this capability.
Mr Timmerman states the case that there were and are ongoing close links between Al Qaeda and the Iranian intelligence sources. The 9/11 Commission looked at possible Iranian involvement and stated that there were "unusual coincidences" of (Iranian backed) Hezbollah individuals travelling with some of the hijackers and urged the US government to investigate further. Mr Timmerman suggests that the US government has done very little to follow up on this for reasons unknown.
There is little in the book to suggest that any of the other presidential contenders in the recent Iranian elections would significantly change direction re nuclear capability from that pursued by Ahmadinejad.
He also suggests that while intelligence servics were looking at Russia, it was the notorious AQ Khan network and North Korea that has substantially provided Iran with the WMD ways and means.
This is an interesting, well written book and poses some serious questions of the US and other countries, and international organisations as to how Iran has been able to come so far in developing WMD.