Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Iran has a new missile

Iran has a new missile that can reach as far as southern Europe with precision. "The Sajjil is a solid fuel high-speed missile with a range of about 1,200 miles, Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar said on state television. Najjar said the missile was a defensive weapon and not a response to threats against Iran. He didn't name any country, but Israel has recently threatened to take military action against Iran to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear bomb. Najjar said the missile was part of a "defensive, deterrent strategy ... specifically with defensive objectives" but refused to address the issue as to whether the missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. My guess is... uhmm.. yeah.

In a speech coinciding with the missile launch, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned that his government would act against any threats. "The Iranian nation defends its dignity. Should any power stand against the Iranian nation, the Iranian people will crush it under its foot and will strike it on the mouth," he said in a speech broadcast live on state television." When asked about the US, Ahmadinejad added "that it doesn't matter who comes to power in America because the important question will be how a future U.S. administration will behave."

I am curious as to which President will respond to this threat? Will Bush do the right thing and bomb Iran and put in a missile defense system, or will he wait for Obama to respond with coffee table talks and mere sanctions?

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