Even though few intelligence analysts are taking it seriously, there's a new kidnap threat out against the Iranian leader, Mahmoud "i'm a dinner jacket" Ahmadinejad-- it's perhaps easier just to call him "Tux."
A former Mossad assassin and current cabinet member, Rafi Eitan, says Iran's head honcho should be snatched by Israeli agents to give the sponsors of Hezbollah a taste of their own medicine and obtain a bargaining chip.
Excerpts from an interview with Der Spiegel, translated by Checkpoint Jerusalem:
EITAN: Criminals have to answer for their crimes before a court of law.
SPIEGEL: Does the Mossad still hunt down old Nazis?
EITAN: That era is over. But that's not to say that such operations are completely a thing of the past.
SPIEGEL: What do you mean by that?
EITAN: It could very well be that a leader such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suddenly finds himself before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
SPIEGEL: Do you mean that seriously?
EITAN: Absolutely. Those who spread poison and want to eradicate another people has to expect such consequences.
Is Eitan serious?
Iran protested at the United Nations yesterday. But there's expected to be scant sympathy for Iran's objections to hostage-taking.