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Iran May Have Missiles To Reach Europe–So What?

A new report indicates Iran will have a capability by 2014 of sending missiles into Europe and within a decade would be able to hit the shores of the United States of America. The International Institute for Strategic Studies(IISS) forecasts this development because Iran was making robust strides in developing ballistic missiles even as it furthers its nuclear capabilities. IISS studies suggest the two programs may well be intertwined in order to produce an Iran which could threaten the world. There is growing evidence Iran will soon have the capacity to field intermediate-range missiles.

So, what does this mean for the world. If one takes the worst case scenario and Iran fired a missile toward Europe, the response by France and England (most probably also joined by Israel) would be a devastating attack on Iranian cities that would destroy a good part of its infrastructure and create millions of people seeking refuge from these attacks. It would be madness on the part of Iranian leaders to fire missiles anywhere knowing full well, Europe, the United States and Israel had the capacity to level the nation of Iran. At best, they could only hope for a one shot attack before destruction visited their nation. Granted, there are Muslim leaders who seek to visit Heaven, but would they wish that upon their nation?

Iran Continues Missile Development

The firing of still another advanced Iranian missile has angered nations in Europe and the United States. Iran’s Defense Ministry noted its Sajjil-2 missile may have a capability of going anywhere from 1200 to 2,000 miles and could hit areas in Europe as well as in Israel. The missile is supposedly more accurate than predecessor weapons. Iranian General Vahidi told his nation’s television audience, “given its high speed, it is impossible to destroy the missile with anti-missile systems because of its radar evading ability.” The firing of the missile, together with the tough stand of the Ahmadinejad government, suggests there will be no compromise with the West about its nuclear development program.

Karim Sadjadpour, a leading expert on Iran, says the missile is simply an Iranian reaction to being pressured by the West. The conservative media is filled with claims that Iran will soon be sending missiles headed towards Europe, and, one day, towards America. The sky is not falling. Yes, Iran can send missiles to other nations, but for every Iranian missile the West possesses a hundred of its own. Any Iranian missile attack would result in the destruction of the entire nation of Iran and its leaders have enough sense to realize it is one thing to threaten, but another to act on the threat.

War Of Words Or War Of Guns With Iran?

The legacy of George Bush will extend into the coming decade and nowhere is this more evident than the situation between Western powers and Iran. In 2001 and 2002 there was an opportunity for America to establish close ties with the reform Iran government of President Khatami but Bush blew the opportunity by blasting Iran as part of the “axis of Evil.” Today, a crazy man heads Iran and Ahmadinejad is threatening missile strikes if anyone intrudes on the sovereignty of his nation. On Friday, Iran flaunted its power by firing advanced long-range missiles capable of hitting Israel.

Ahmadinejad is out to prove he is tough. He is a bully. Some European nations argue an embargo of refined oil will hurt the Iranian population. This is not a reason to hold back, the Iranian population without any embargo is being hurt and its liberties ripped apart by a man who wants power. Short term suffering is well worth the opportunity to compel Iranian leaders to come to the bargaining table. This is not the time to lack courage to focus on long term interests of the Iranian people.

North Korea Threatens Missiles-Is It A Serious Threat?

The battle over how to handle North Korea’s escalation of threats continues, but fortunately President Obama is not allowing himself to get sucked into George Bush style rhetoric. North Korea fired several more missiles on Thursday and there are reports that a long range missile will be fired in the direction of Hawaii. Many analysts believe this entire “missile war” derives from North Korean dictator Kim Song Il to use threats and fears to make the accession of his son to power more possible. We simply do not know if there is any serious thought behind this boasting and bellicose threats or is it simply much ado about getting his son installed in the leadership role and nothing more?

Most probably betting on a long range missile will result in winning some money. At this point, the best policy is remaining calm and now allowing North Korea to frighten anyone with their threats. Kim Song Il knows full well if he blunders into attacking anyone, his Chinese allies will cut him off within a moment. He needs China more than China needs him. That reality is the trump card which should result in words, but no action.

What’s Going On In North Korea?

A few weeks ago the United Nations Security Council imposed further sanctions on North Korea after it tested long range missiles and boasted of pursuing its nuclear weapon program. Yesterday, North Korea fired a host of short range missiles which are part of its ground to missile program. The reality is no one knows for certain what is happening in North Korea since lack of contacts with government officials or military leadership results in a vast array of guessing by so called “experts.” The reality is Western nations, and that includes the UN Security Council, lack leverage on the paranoid rulers of North Korea who spend their time inventing threats to their nation.

The only trump card remaining to the world lies in the hand of China. North Korea depends on Chinese economic assistance to maintain its society. China is trapped in a dilemma. It could bring down the regime of North Korea by halting further aid, but, in so doing, it might unleash the prospect of millions of people crossing over from North Korea as they flee starvation and chaos. Hopefully, there is an middle point at which China can impose sanctions that force North Korean change without resulting in chaos and anarchy. Th ball is in the court of China.

Is North Korea For Real?

It is extremely difficult attempting to interpret actions by the North Korean government and even the best “experts: are as much in the dark as anyone writing on the Internet. We simply do not know the “why” of current North Korean politics. Is the belligerence an attempt to pave the way for Kim Song Il to usher in his son as the next ruler of the nation? Is he really concerned about an attack on his nation, if so, by whom? There are too many uncertainties to identify the best way of dealing with a rogue president who may well be completely out of control. President Obama has been calm, he has assured the American people they are safe, and he continues trying to communicate with the hermits from the hermit kingdom of the north.

Hysterical voices on the right in America want Obama to do “something.” Perhaps, Obama can pick up on suggestions from Republican intellectual giant, Bill Bennett, who urged the president to send phone cards and Xerox machines to Iran. Perhaps, these items can be sent to North Korea. Of course, I would love to see the Xerox machines hit the ground in North Korea on the run.

Can US Knock Down North Korean Missiles?

During the past twenty five years American presidents have insisted our military should have the ability to knock down missiles coming from other nations. President Reagan began the process of allocating billions of dollars in his famous plan to create a vast anti-missile system defending the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent, but, so far, there is no air tight system to eliminate missiles headed for North America. However, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Congress our existing anti-missile systems are sufficiently effective to respond to any missiles coming from North Korea. “I have confidence that if North Korea launched a long range missile in the direction of the United States that we would have a high probability of being able to defend ourselves.”

I am glad the Secretary of Defense is confident. The only part that bothers me is the “high probability” part. Does that mean “some” or does it mean “all.” I sort of would like to know because if I’m living on the West Coast it might be time to head east young man.

Missiles And Missiles- What About Them?

Almost two decades ago when the Soviet Union collapsed, there was hope it also marked the end of concern about missile attacks, but recent events suggest, old fears have become new ones. Iran launched what was considered to be a successful missile which went over one thousand miles, a sufficient distance to impact either Europe or Israel. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted it was still unclear if the missile actually hit an intended target. At the same time, President Obama and Gates were debating the need to pursue George Bush’s idea for a missile defense system in eastern Europe which is strongly opposed by Russia.

The Czech Republic government which agreed to cooperate on a missile system has fallen and most opinion polls indicate most Czechs do not want to have anything to do with missile systems in their nation. The intelligent process is to invite Russia to become partners in an anti-missile system that protects it from attack as well as Europe. Of course, why would Iran launch a missile attack knowing full well it would result in a barrage of missiles pounding its own country?

North Korea Continues Its Mysterious Ways

The ever mysterious machinations of North Korean leaders at times come across as simply a desire to keep the world confused concerning exactly what is going on up north. The Japanese newspaper, Sankei Shimbun reveals North Korea will launch a satellite into orbit with the assistance of a team of experts from Iran. American and South Korean Intelligence sources believe the North Koreans are going to launch a middle range ballistic missile. It is assumed the missile will be a veiled warning to the United Nations and anyone else that North Korean will not accept sanctions and intends to do as it pleases.

The presence of Iranian missile experts is only bound to increase tension both in the Middle East and in Asia. At some point, the world has to engage Iran in meaningful dialogue concerning the need to reduce missiles and nuclear development. All too often these days the road to peace lies through Tehran.

Sarkozy Puts Thumbs Down On Bush Missile Plan

President Bush has insisted for over a year there is need for a missile defense system in Poland to protect Europe against missiles from “rogue” nations like Iran or North Korea. Of course, North Korea is presently cooperating with the world on its nuclear development and Iran, as of this date, has no missiles, and certainly no plans to send any to Europe. President Nicolas Sarkozy, at a meeting with President Medvedev who is upset at missiles being stationed on his border, told the Russian leader of his misgivings about the missile system. “Deployment of a missile defense system would bring nothing to security… it would complicate things and would make them move backward.” His remarks came after a week in which Medvedev warned about the possibility of deploying Russian missiles to the border of Poland.

Sarkozy is the current president of the European Union and is concerned that Bush plans only would result in furthering hostility in Europe. “We could continue between Europe and Russia to threaten each other with shields, with missiles, with navies. It would do Russia no good, Georgia no good, and Europe no good.”

Hopefully, newly elected president Obama will sit down with Sarkozy and get his take on the situation rather than listening to the crazy ideas of George Bush.