Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The covert war between Israel and Iran is heating up. Over the course of 48 hours, three bombings took place targeting Israeli diplomatic staff. They were similar to the attacks that have taken place over the past few years against Iranian nuclear scientists. The rest of the world may be hoping this conflict will go away somehow, but it shows every sign of escalating.
This week's attacks in India, Georgia and Thailand mark the advent of a new phase in the Israeli-Iranian shadow war. They also revealed something of a force mismatch. The attacks against Iranian scientists took place inside Iran, and in the case of Reza Baruni - the mastermind of Iran's drone program - inside his secured home. This week's bombings took place outside of Israel, which suggests the Iranians, if they were behind them, lack the ability to conduct operations inside the Jewish state.
Attacks against Iranian targets have been mostly successful. All but one of the targeted scientists were killed. Yet the anti-Israel attacks failed to kill their intended targets and showed an embarrassing lack of tradecraft. Tuesday's bombing in Bangkok was particularly inept; a man with an Iranian passport first accidentally detonated an explosive in his rented apartment, then shortly afterward blew off one of his legs as he carried another bomb down the street. A reputation for professionalism is critical in the world of covert operations, and whoever these bombers were - whether members of Hezbollah or Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - they did their employers a great …