Friday, April 11, 2008

March to War Continues

A nuclear armed Iran with long range ballistic missile capability looms on the rhetorical horizon. Estimates of its ability to manufacture and deliver on these threats vary from three to five years. The Jerusalem Post said new satellite imagery exposed a site where Iran is developing long-range ballistic missiles with a range of 6,000 km.

Civilian defense experts found the previously unknown site. Those same experts noted "using a space program as a fa├žade for a weapons program was the path chosen by Korea until it declared it had passed the nuclear weapon threshold."

Israeli President Shimon Peres posited in the last few months that there was "no logic" in working diligently towards producing long-range ballistic missiles unless Iran planned to couple such missiles with nuclear warheads.

"Iran will be the first nuclear state in history against which deterrence won't work, even if the deterrent is nuclear," Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.

A source in the Prime Minister's Office responded by calling on the world to take whatever steps were necessary to prevent the nuclearization of Iran (in light of news of new centrifuges capable of enriching uranium much faster). "Unfortunately the reckless language of the Iranian leadership is matched by their reckless behavior," the source said. "The international community must act today. Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons."

Left, left, left, right, left... The march to war continues.