Does anyone seriously believe this madman wants to reach out and give others a warm embrace? My previous post noted that we're finally turning up the heat on Iran for meddling in Iraq. Now comes this breaking news about Iran's launch capabilities.
Iran has converted its most powerful ballistic missile into a satellite launch vehicle. The 30-ton rocket could also be a wolf in sheep's clothing for testing longer-range missile strike technologies, Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine reports in its Jan. 29 issue.
The Iranian space launcher has recently been assembled and "will liftoff soon" with an Iranian satellite, according to Alaoddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.
Analysts at the strategic think tank GlobalSecurity.org believe that the new Iranian modification could be a stepping stone to an Iranian clone of the North Korean Taep'O-Dong 2C/3 ballistic missile that failed in a launch attempt from North Korea last July 4.
A November 2006 Congressional Research Service report reinforced concerns over Iranian and North Korean missile development ties. It notes that Israel's military intelligence chief has information indicating that North Korea has shipped to Iran eighteen 1,500 mi. range BM-25 ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
President Bush certainly didn't make up that axis of evil membership role out of thin air. It's bad enough, thinking of the current Iranian regime having nuclear weapons, let alone, the ability to launch them more than a 1,000 miles.
"Largely with foreign help, Iran is becoming self-sufficient in the production of ballistic missiles," says the report's author, Kenneth Katzman. And he reminds that a 2006 U.S. National Security Strategy Document notes, "The United States may face no greater challenge from a single country than Iran."
The world needs to realize this is a collective challenge before it's too late. Unfortunately, some may think bartering for their own safety, at the expense of others is more to their liking. Their short range calculations only obscuring the long term consequences and certain disaster awaiting them.
Perhaps the world will be able to breath a sigh of relief when the launch attempt fails. One can only hope, as too many in leadership positions, even in this country, prefer to negotiate with another madman, forgetting the painful lesson of history and the holocaust that this tyrant denies, while he also boasts of one coming in the future.
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