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.