Syria condemns Turkey for requesting missile deployment by NATO. – AlJazeera
Syria condemns Turkey for requesting missile deployment by NATO. – AlJazeera
Hey, what ever happened to Iran? The quiet kid in the corner. Sitting nicely, perhaps, apprehensively as totalitarian regimes in the Middle East fall into civil war, one by one, like a great game of dominoes.
Oh, they didn’t go anywhere. They’re still being their mischievous selves!
On Tuesday, the second day of the Great Prophet Mohammad War Games 6, Iran simultaneously test-fired 14 2,000-range missiles at one single target. Enough firepower to spook the geese in all directions. The missiles were launched near the central city of Qom.
Head of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace division, Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said:
“Iranian missiles can target US bases in Afghanistan and any part of Israeli territory.”
He swankly asserted that the United States has made Iran’s objective easier:
“Their military bases in the region are in a range of 130, 250 and maximum 700 kilometers in Afghanistan which we can hit with these missiles.”
The Islamic Republic does not need to increase the range of its missiles because Israel is only 1,200 km away from Iran and the U.S. bases are even nearer, some 120 to 700 km away from Iran. Asked if Iranian missiles would pose a threat to Europe, Hajizadeh insisted that while Iran had the technological capacity to create longer-range missiles, the 2,000-km range had been precisely chosen with Israel and US bases in mind,for the reason that “we do not feel a threat from any other country.”
According to one source, Iran is working at top speed on some three new ballistic surface missiles with longer ranges than ever. The Shahab-4, for targets at a distance of 3,200-4,000 kilometers; the Sejjil (2,500 kilometers) and the Ashura-Ghadr 110A (3,000 kilometers). Shahab-4 and Ashura/Ghadr 110A are capable of hitting central and western Europe. Iran is also reportedly developing intercontinental ballistic missiles – Shahab-5 (5,000 kilometers) and Shahab-6 (10,000 kilometers), putting North America within hitting range.
In July Iran will unleash the Kavoshgar-5 rocket that will put monkeys into space. Iranian media says that five monkeys have completed their training and the most impressive monkey will be chosen to shoot off into space.
Iran is poised to have a nuclear power plant in operation by August. Built largely with Russian funding, the two countries insist the nuclear plant will be used for power generation, exclusively.
Should we believe this?
Jerusalem, nay, the Middle East is a place where everyone thinks they have authority over the ‘other-guy’, yet the situation is proverbially out-of-control.
Led by Hezbollah member, Raed Salah, the Northern Branch-Israeli Islamic Movement has demanded all Mezuzot be taken off the gates of Jerusalem’s Old City.
“This is a disgusting attempt to Judaize the Arab and Islamic heritage of the old city…and all Islamic institutions are called upon to act quickly to remove the Mezuzot.”
(Judaize the Jewish State? I don’t know you guys!)
Spokesman for the Al-Aqsa “institution” Mahmoud Abu Atta, says:
“The only religion who owns Jerusalem is Islam…The old city of Jerusalem to the Arabs forever.”
Meanwhile, in a different part of the Old City, the Jerusalem Development Authority opened its Muslim Quarter site – ‘Little Kotel‘ – to Jewish prayer. Scaffolding was removed from under an arch supporting Palestinian homes.
According to the Ateret Cohanim Website, students at Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim pray every Friday in the courtyard, where no disturbances a have been recorded in recent years.
This move does not come in response to Palestinian groups last month claiming the Western Wall is not a Jewish holy site, and instead, is sacred to Muslims.
And then, in an unrelated story, Gaza’s health sector seems to be on the verge of collapse due to a lack of medicine.
Medical care, said Medhat Abbas, general director of the Ash-Shifa medical complex in Gaza City, must be separated from political disputes.
Gaza’s Health Ministry has blamed its counterpart in Ramallah for a shortage of medicine in the Strip. Health Minister of Hamas, Bassem Naim, said Gaza was lacking 40% of basic medicines which he accused the PA of withholding.
Meanwhile, Israeli spokesman, Ofer Gendalman, warned Hamas to stop firing projectiles into southern Israel.
Dozens of projectiles have been launched from Gaza at Israel since the start of 2011. The launches have been the work of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the National Resistance Brigades, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Islamic Jihad.
Liane Thompson, an American producer and director based in Tel Aviv, is working to create a feature-length documentary called “Children of Missile City” about the 7,500 children caught up in the ongoing rocket war between the southwestern Negev and the Gaza Strip. Studies suggest that nearly 90 percent of the children in Sderot suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and the only clinic available to treat them, The Resilience Center, is in danger of closing come December.
PTSD has the children so paranoid of the noise that even a loud microphone in the mall can startle them. And though there is a lull right now after Hamas took a walloping from Operation Cast Lead earlier this year, but it’s only a matter of time before the rocket attacks begin again. Until then, consider donating to the Resilience Center.
Looks like Round Three with Hezbollah is just around the corner. Intelligence has it that 40,000 rockets are now stockpiled near the Lebanese/Israeli border, with Hezbollah training its men to use missiles that will reach Tel Aviv. Added to the mix are ground-to-ground and anti aircraft missiles, which could be a bit of a game changer if the IAF is actually in danger from them. I shudder to think what will happen the day Hezbollah succeeds in downing an IAF aircraft.
The consensus is that Hezbollah is indeed stronger that it was before Round Two in 2006, which was cut short by UN Resolution 1701 designed to keep Hezbollah from rearming and preventing a Round Three from happening. Ever so surprisingly, it didn’t work, and UNIFIL inspectors didn’t seem to be able or willing to do much of anything to stop Hassan Nasrallah from rearming his gang.
As for his bragging to the media, Nasrallah threatened to attack Tel Aviv in Round Three should the IDF bomb the southern suburbs of Beirut, as it did in Round Two. However, if we consider the fact that Nasrallah still hasn’t been able to do anything in response to the brutal explosive slaying of his own number two, Imad Mughniyeh in February of last year (probably executed by Mossad agents, though this is unconfirmed), we can come to one of two possible conclusions. One, that he’s impotent, scared, and unable to do anything serious, which is why he has such a big mouth. Two, he’s really angry and coordinating his strategy with Iran, waiting for an Israeli attack and then letting loose with his 40,000 rockets and having a free for all.
I’d bet on option 2.
Meanwhile, last month one of Hezbollah’s storehouses blew up in southern Lebanon, which happens when you’re an army of mostly untrained thugs who don’t know how to safely store explosives and pack them in a room, only to have some idiot come in there and light a cigarette or something, and BOOM.
The explosion revealed that Hezbollah was still stockpiling rockets south of the Litani River, violating Resolution 1701. Here’s the thing about 1701. Did anyone think it would actually work? Why would Hezbollah commit to not rearming itself? What’s the point of a war if you’re not going to finish the job and make the other side surrender unconditionally? What you get if you do that is another Round.
And Round Three ain’t gonna be pretty. And if Israel doesn’t finish the job this times and we see another UN Resolution about how Hezbollah isn’t allowed to rearm wink wink, we will definitely be seeing a Round Four.
Round Three probably cannot be prevented now. But Round Four still can, and probably not by trying the same thing as last time. Let’s see what happens.