Have you asked yourself why the North Koreans suddenly want to test a long range ballistic missile? Other than being labelled nuts and sabre-rattling, does it not seem more likely that their test launch is a proving launch for Iran, to whom they have sold the longer range missile and need to provide proof of capability in order to get paid?
The Global Range of Iran's Ballistic Missile Program -
The Iranians know they cannot win a war against the United States. Their stated policy is to deter the U.S. and its allies by threatening a war that will cause such damage at such a price that this option will become unacceptable. With this perspective, they are investing very smartly in deterrence enhancers and force multipliers instead of replacing obsolete equipment.
What does Iran invest in? Precision strike munitions, anti-ship missiles, nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and space capabilities. The newer Shahab 3ER missile (based on the North Korean No Dong), with a reach of 2,000 km, can threaten Ankara or Alexandria, giving Iran leverage over the entire Middle East.
Iran has acquired eighteen BM25 land-mobile missiles with launchers from North Korea, which can strike targets in Europe. In the past, the BM25 has been produced in two models: one with a range of 2,500 km and the second with a range of 3,500 km.
(View photos of Iranian rockets)
Well-substantiated reports indicate that the Iranians managed to smuggle out of Ukraine several Russian Kh 55 strategic cruise missiles, both to be deployed if possible and to be emulated and copied. Alan's note: Iran has four nuclear warheads, tested for vibration etc., inside nose cones obtained from North Korea and can deploy these at will. This is only part of some eight to a dozen nuclear weapons they obtained over the past decade. Their efforts to obtain more, simply points to their vision of a larger arena than could be destroyed by just the four operational ones.
In 1998 Iran announced a space program. A space launcher that can orbit a satellite weighing 300 kg can be altered into an ICBM that could drop more than 300 kg on Washington. Or an EMP (electro-magentic pulse) device that would cripple US electronics - and consequently our economy.
Iran's political leadership is now aiming toward global power projection in the name of Islam, demanding recognition that Islam comprises 25 percent of humanity and should occupy its rightful place in decision-making in world affairs. Statements like this are not about self-defense.
The following paragraph was translated from al-Zawahiri's most recent address. It appears that western nations are the only ones confused as to whom we are fighting. Our enemies don't fall short with regard to properly identifying themselves.
"Bush is lying to you when he tells you that you will win when you kill Osama Bin laden & Mullah Omar, and the members of Al Qaeda and Taliban, he is hiding a lot behind his lies, he is hiding the true catastrophe that you are facing, you are not facing individuals or organizations,but in reality you are facing the Islamic nation whose soul is now"
Further support for this argument can be derived from the following comments made by Sheik Yousef Al-Qaradhawi:
"When the Muslims, the Arabs, and the Palestinians enter a war, they do it to worship Allah. They enter it as Muslims.
The hadith says: "Oh Muslim." It says "Oh Muslim," not "oh Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, or Arab nationalist." No, it says: "Oh Muslim." When we enter [a war] under the banner of Islam, and under the banner of serving Allah, we will be victorious."
(Memri - 2/25/06)
Somalia's interim president said on Tuesday the Islamist militia which has captured Mogadishu from secular warlords could not have succeeded without support from Muslim fundamentalists across the world.
President Abdullahi Yusuf was speaking in Addis Ababa where he pressed the African Union but not the UN to send peacekeepers to his country, despite resistance from Islamist rulers who now control a swathe of southern-central Somalia.
"They could not have overtaken Mogadishu had it not been for the international solidarity of fundamentalists throughout the world. We have proof of that," Yusuf told reporters. "There are fundamentalists from the Gulf and Asia and everybody who harbors fundamentalist ideology collaborated with them to take Mogadishu."
Analysts say the Islamists, loyal to sharia courts, include a small number of militants, some of whom may have received al Qaeda training. But the Islamic Courts Union has repeatedly denied links to extremists.
On October 28, 2005, President George W. Bush denounced IslamoFascist movements that call for a "violent and political vision: the establishment, by terrorism, subversion and insurgency, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom."
The Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun) also known as the Ikhwan is a good example of what the President described and what he must protect us against.
Communism had Karl Marx. Al Qaedaism has Sayed Qtub.
Who's he, most people would ask? The ideology that nurtured modern Islamic extremism, and spawned every violent movement from Hezbollah to al Qaeda, was born in 1952 when Qtub, an Egyptian writer, returned from studying American literature at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.
Zawahiri also stated:
"Know, oh Bush, you failing Crusader, that your conflict is with the nation of monotheism, with us, who believe in Allah, the One, the Unique, "who begets not, nor is He begotten, and none is like him," and who has sent His Prophet to us with a well preserved book, which has not been altered or forged like the books that preceded it."
As was written in the article on "What if we lose to Islam" on the Home Page, we are not facing a head hung withdrawal from Vietnam. We face a relentless pursuit by a slavering enemy whose fangs demand nothing less than our very last drop of blood and our very last possession. Which includes our lives.
A view of our Islamic enemy - not just as I see it but almost as they see themselves when they threaten us. This is the 'bogey" man with which to frighten us.
And this is a kind depiction of reality.