Many Israel leaders have been arguing over the past several years in favor of policies that present a tough stance regarding Palestinian demands on the assumption time is on their side. Instead of confronting the reality of restoring the West Bank, Prime Minister Olmert and others fight to protect the rights of West Bank settlers whose presence endangers any prospect for peace. Hizbullah has just announced they now possess advanced Iranian supplied missiles capable of hitting deep inside Israel. Hizbullah promises to use those missiles if Israel launches an attack against their positions. The militant group also claims its missiles are equipped with a special mechanism which increases the accuracy of the missiles.
The constant mistake made by Israel leaders is believing time was on their side. It never was and never will be because there are so many more Arabs than Jews in the Middle East. The presence of wealthy Middle Eastern nations ensures militant groups like Hizbullah will be supplied with weapons. To believe, “knocking out” the Hizbullah missiles ends dangers is to live in fantasy.
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The world wonders if sabres are being drawn or sheathed in the Middle East as Iran and Israel challenge one another with displays of missiles and simulated plane attacks. For the second straight day Tehran sent missiles on test runs while proclaiming defiantly to the world that it will not succumb to any Western pressures. It is clear Iran’s leaders do not with to portray any sign of weakness in the face of outside demands for change. It emphasized the Shahab-3 which can go about 1,250 miles is sending a “message to our enemies.” However, Pentagon experts noted only one missile actually was launched and, apparently, a second one never got into the air.
Secretary of State Rice responded to the Iran message by saying, “we are sending a message to Iran that we will defend American interests and the interests of our allies.” The Israel Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, also sent a message that “Israel has proved in the past it is not afraid to take action when its vital security interests are at stake.”
Undoubtedly, Western Union was scurrying hither and dither delivering all these messages, but the most important one has yet to be sent. The Middle East, at this juncture in time, can not be the scene of missiles flying from one country to another without creating complete chaos in the region. Barack Obama has urged diplomatic action and, hopefully, that will be an option come January of next year.
The recent firing of missiles by Iran has been carefully monitored by American tracking systems in order to learn more concerning the capabilities of the Iranian military. It appears
Tehran’s long range Shahab-3 missile can go a distance of about 1,250 miles which is longer than what US military experts believed was capable of the Iranian armed forces. A major question that is still unresolved is the accuracy of the missiles. Secretary of Defense Gates said initial reports furnished him suggest the Iranian capability was somewhat further than previously believed. “The fact is they’ve just tested a missile that has a pretty extended range.”
US officials warned Iran they must cease making these provocative moves and focus on peaceful resolution of differences with the West. However, the Iranian missile test was most probably in retaliation for the Israel air force display a few weeks ago. Gates insists the Bush administration is still relying on diplomatic and economic approaches to obtain peace, but this is not the first time in history nations waved their weapons and a miscalculation resulted in war.
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General Mahmoud Chaharbagh, a top commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, threatened immediate military action if his nation was attacked. “Enemy bases and positions have been identified…The Guards ground force will fire 11,000 rockets into identified enemy positions within the first minute of any aggression against Iranian territory.” Granted, there is typical military hubris in claiming one’s forces are capable of defeating an enemy, but there is scant doubt Iran has missiles and is capable of firing them at American and Israel positions. If one assumes 90% of the rockets are destroyed prior to landing, that still leaves about a thousand missiles crashing into Israel or American positions. If such an attack happened it would invariably result in further American/Israel attacks on Iran, and, most probably, a land invasion. That would be a disaster for America and Israel as well as for the entire Middle East. War with Iran dooms any chance for resolution of the Palestinian/Israel conflict. It would compel many Muslim nations to distance themselves from the United States for fear of antagonizing their population.
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The recent visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates failed to achieve an agreement with Russians on the issue of America establishing missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Putin in an angry statement commented: “We might decide some day to set up a missile defense system on the moon, but until then, the opportunity for an agreement might be lost while you realize your plans.” He also threatened to have Russia withdraw from the Intermediate-Missile Nuclear Forces Treaty if the pact is not applied to all countries. Secretary Gates discounted the anger of Russians by claiming, “when they’re hit with new ideas, they basically go to a default position of a defensive crouch, until they really have time to thank about it and consider it.”
The Gates comment is fascinating since it comes from someone in the Bush administration. Accusing other nations of becoming “defensive” when hit by “new ideas” is an incredible comment from a member of the Bush team which consistently refuses to listen to any one who differs with their world view. Is Gates claiming President Bush is receptive to new initiatives? Is he claiming Bush avoids getting into a “defensive crouch” if someone differs with his views on the world?
This entire missile base issue is an example of Bush creating problems. Initially, the rationale for the missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic was fear of Iranian and North Korean missiles. We have just reached agreements with North Korea so that eliminates one source of potential missiles. Does anyone really believe Iran is threatening to send missiles to Europe!! This web site has been extremely critical of President Putin’s anti-democratic policies, but on the missile issue he is absolutely correct. There is absolutely no need for such a system– at this point in time.
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