Friday, December 5, 2008

Washington Times runs big editorial on a (soon to be) nuclear Iran

Today, Friday Dec. 5, 2008, the Washington Times, on p. A20, ran a full page editorial “Iran’s Upper Hand”, link here. It should be noted right off that the Washington Times no longer prints a Saturday edition, so this editorial carries the readers until Sunday. The article talks about the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran’s Project 111. It’s long, alarming, and rather a mouthful of words. The online version has a picture with a backdrop poster of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (curiously framed in green) behind a missile.

The Times believes that “a nuclear-capable Iran armed with ICBMs could be only months away.”

Earlier, on this blog, I’ve noted other alarming web stories (by Clifford May and William Graham) about Iran’s intentions, one of which could be to launch a missile from sea over the United States to create an electromagnetic pulse. The US is the arch enemy that could be conquered, according to this theory. Objectively, it’s hard to tell if this is scare talk, or if Iran (or a group like Al Qaeda) really could explode such a device at high altitude this way, and if such a device really would have the effect predicted. More mainstream groups emphasizing the control of nuclear materials seem to ignore or downplay this risk, and instead discuss the possibility of nuclear or radiologically contaminated detonations of small or crude devices within the US. As noted, a few days ago a major terror watchdog group predicted a better than even chance of a major attack somewhere in the western world by 2013 unless we get a grip on things, quickly.

Remember, also how Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (note the Persian: "محمود احمدی‌نژاد ", or even "mæhmuːd-e æhmædiː-neʒɒːd") behaved at Columbia University in a speech to students, and what he said did not exist in Iran. He was laughed at. But he comes from the New Axis of Evil.

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