Friday, March 31, 2006
Yes, We have No Nukes, says Iran
Iran announced today they have successfully fired a Stealth MIRVd missile. Gen. Hossein Salami said on state-run television, "This missile can simultaneously hit several targets, has near stealth capabilities with a high maneuverability, pin point accuracy and radar avoidance features."
The new missile, Fajr-3, has a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) comparable to that of the existing missile Shahab-3. This puts Israel within range as well as US and Allied military bases in the Middle East. However, the missile's range would depend upon the weight of the warhead which could be nuclear. "This missile can simultaneously hit several targets, has near stealth capabilities with a high maneuverability, pin point accuracy and radar avoidance features," Salami said.
Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former Iranian President said Iran is willing to sell the Iranian-made weapons at competitive prices. At Friday prayers, Rafsanjani told thousands of of listeners at Tehran University that Iran had become weapons self-sufficient since the 1980-88 war with Iraq. Iran started an arms research and developement program during that war to compensate for the U.S. arms embargo. The embargo began when Iran took American Embassy worker as hostages November 4, 1978. "Today, our military requirements — from jet fighters to bullets — can be produced inside the country...We can provide low-priced weapons to many countries." he said. Iran has, since 1992, produced its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and a fighter plane.
In Geneva, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Friday, Tehran would not use oil as a weapon in the row over its nuclear program."We're not going to use energy as a political leverage." Mottaki told reporters, when asked ifTehran would use its oil supplies as a bargaining chip, "We remain true to our obligations to provide for the energy needs of our partners. We are not going to use energy as a political leverage."
Embargoes have there uses, but there is always the possibilty that resource rich countries with clever educated people may decide they don't need outside aid. Iran has the potential to be a truly great industrtial power. However, with the launching of the missile, developement of nuclear material for armaments, and the bellicosity of the leadership coupled with the religious zealotry has raised Iran to a truly great threat. A threat not just to America and the West, but to human survival. The absolute conviction the current regime holds of the return of the Mahdi to usher in the Final Days and the Judgement Day is sending the world on a collission course with a nuclear holocaust.
The Bush Administration has hinted that any nuclear strike at the U.S. will result in a rapid and disproportionate response. Secratary of State Condi Rice has gone around the world seeking agreements from the various other nuclear states trying to elicit promises of alliance in case Islam attacks and has received a few positive responses and more non-negative answers. With the sheer quantity of nukes in the U.S. arsenal, the non-Isalmic world would do weel to at least stay out of the fight that Islam cannot win. Even with the reported Saudi nuclear program in an underground city south of Riyahd, the combined Islamic nuclear arsenal is no match for the thoousands of land based nukes we possess, plus the thousands more on submarines patrolling the worlds oceans an d seas.
I'm afraid, though, the Judgement Day true believers are going to start something millions of people will not survive. The Mahdi is to return in the next two years. That is how much time we have to defuse the coming crisis or prepare for Armagedden.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.