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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Iran Tests Nine Missiles

This morning Iran conducted a series of missile tests then they rattled the saber and warned that if they were attacked, they would retaliate:

Iran test-fired nine missiles on Wednesday and warned the United States and Israel it was ready to retaliate if they attacked the Islamic Republic over its disputed nuclear projects.

Washington, which says Iran seeks atomic bombs, told Tehran to halt further tests if it wanted the world to trust it. Iran, the world's fourth largest oil producer, insists its nuclear program aims only at generating electricity.

Rising tensions have rattled financial markets. Oil prices, which had slipped from record highs, rebounded about $2 a barrel after Wednesday's tests.

Speculation that Israel could strike Iran has mounted since its air force staged an exercise last month that U.S. officials said involved 100 aircraft. The United States has not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the nuclear row.

"We warn the enemies who intend to threaten us with military exercises and empty psychological operations that our hand will always be on the trigger and our missiles will always be ready to launch," Revolutionary Guards air force commander Hossein Salami said, according to ISNA news agency.

Hugh Hewitt has the statement issued by Senator McCain:

"Iran's most recent missile tests demonstrate again the dangers it poses to its neighbors and to the wider region, especially Israel. Ballistic missile testing coupled with Iran's continued refusal to cease its nuclear activities should unite the international community in efforts to counter Iran's dangerous ambitions. Iran's missile tests also demonstrate the need for effective missile defense now and in the future, and this includes missile defense in Europe as is planned with the Czech Republic and Poland. Working with our European and regional allies is the best way to meet the threat posed by Iran, not unilateral concessions that undermine multilateral diplomacy."

Senator McCain is dead right. This is nothing more than provocation towards the West and Israel. Israel may or may not strike Iran's nuclear sites. (Given the dovish nature of the Olmert government, we are not holding our breath. Additionally, there is the matter of the Pentagon's apparent lack of faith regarding Israel's intelligence on Iran's nuclear sites.) But the option cannot be taken off the table.

Iran has the ability to strike Eastern Europe and our allies in the Middle East. This should be a wake-up call for our allies. Forget Russia and China because neither one will abide by sanctions against Iran. They have stated as much, and are the chief antagonists when it comes to the United Nations Security Council. They have no intention of applying pressure to Iran to cease its nuclear program, nor will they condemn Iran for their missile tests today.

Senator Obama believes we can just sit down and have tea and crumpets with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and all will be well. Watch this interview conducted by the Military Times' editorial board with Senator Obama and it is clear to see he knows little of the military which is likely why he believes in diplomacy with enemies like Iran more than using the carrot-and-stick strategy that we have been using for eight years. We cannot have talks with Iran until they have given up on the enrichment of fissionable materials.

Some may say that Senator McCain is rattling his own saber, and that is simply not true. He has staked out his position regarding Iran, and it is the right one. We need to accelerate the missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. Israel is still working on their missile defense system. The sooner the systems are set up and ready to go, the better things will be.



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