Thursday, October 27, 2005

Iran call for Isreal to be "Wiped off the map"

The new Iranian president, graduate student of terrorism from his days as one of the 1979 U.S. Tehran embassy hostage taking, has called for Isreal to be "Wiped off the map".

This is just the type of rhetoric one expects from the hate filled left overs from the seventh century. Unfortunately now that Iran is on the cusp of being a nuclear power this sort of rhetoric must be taken seriously.

Iran is calling for the total annihilation of another country and will have weapons of mass destruction capable of attempting the feat.

Although Iran has become an exporter of relatively sophisticated arms from the industries they have developed since the U.S. arms embargo following the U.S. Embassy hostage taking, it is by no means a match for the native capbilities in Isreal nor those of products they purchase from the United States and other western countries.

It would behoove Iran to remember Israel's own capabalities to strike at Iran and any other hostile neighbors.

Specifically the Dolphin class diesel electric submarines equipped with torpedo tubes large enough to launch Popeye! missiles almost certainly armed with nuclear warheads.

These longer range (1500km)Popeye missles would allow Isreal to strike any likely foe.

You will note on this map available from our civil servants at the CIA that 1500km (930 miles) allows you to strike nearly every city in the Middle East while the submarine is parked off the coast in the Mediterranean.

It takes no stretch of the imagination to see replenishment operations made to allow a diesel electric submarine to deploy into the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf, expanding the range of targets that could be hit or allowing for target saturation.

Per reports the Israeli's have had nuclear weapons capability for a number of years, allowing them to have built up a reasonable stockpile and various delivery options. This is in contrast to Iran which is still developing its nucelar weapon(s).

Informing your enemy that you are going to annihilate them during the development of weapons of mass destruction is a provocation to a well armed enemy that only the truly insane would believe to be overlooked.

The only rationale I can think of to make this statement publicy is the attempt to draw a preemptive strike by Israel or other Western countries to use as a pretext for wider war in the region against the West.

If so the Iranians are badly miscalculating if they believe Isreal and the West in general lacks the will to strike. Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was quoted stating, "If they carry on like this, the question people are going to ask me is, 'when are you going to do something about this?'"

This is from the eloquent Tony Blair, we can only await the response from our more plain spoken, action oriented president George W. Bush.

I for one will be keeping an eye on developments in this area.

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