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Die Welt: Iran building missle base in Venezuela

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  1. basso

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    glynch faints...

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    Iran Building Missile Base in Venezuela
    Judith Levy · 11 hours ago

    There's a situation developing south of the border that has the potential to become President Obama's very own missile crisis.

    Die Welt reports that in fulfillment of a commitment made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran in October 2010, Iran is constructing launching pads for Iranian intermediate-range missiles in Venezuela. The missiles Iran intends to deploy at the site are believed to be Shahab 3s (1300-1500 km range), Scud-Bs (285-330 km) and Scud-Cs (300, 500 and 700 km).

    Note that Venezuela is about 2000 km from Florida. And according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Iran is making "robust strides" in its attempts to manufacture longer-range ballistic missiles "with the apparent aim of being able to deliver nuclear warheads."

    Citing "Western security insiders," Die Welt claims that Iran is building the launching pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, which is on the coast of Venezuela about 75 miles from Colombia. This would appear to be the first stage of a larger project to establish a military base that will eventually be manned by Iranian missile officers and soldiers of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, as well as Venezuelan missile officers who are to receive intensive training from the Iranians.

    When the agreement between Iran and Venezuela was signed last fall, the Hudson Institute noted the significance of the timing: it coincided with NATO's Lisbon summit (19-20 November 2010), which set up a missile defense capability to protect NATO's European territories against ballistic missile attacks from the East (i.e., Iran). "Iran's counter-move consists in establishing a strategic base in the South American continent -- in the United States's soft underbelly," the Institute wrote.

    The plan is now in motion. Engineers from Khatam al-Anbia, a construction company owned by the Revolutionary Guards, visited Paraguaná in February. According to Die Welt, they were accompanied by Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force. The project is believed to entail command and control stations, bunkers, barracks and watch towers, and twenty-meter deep rocket silos. It's being financed by Iranian petroleum revenues, and Iran is said to have already paid in cash for the preliminary phase of construction.

    The missile base, when armed, will constitute a multi-level threat. Chavez agreed at the 2010 meeting in Teheran to fire on Iran's Western enemies if Iran is itself attacked, and Iran agreed to allow Venezuela to use its missiles for "national needs" -- a phrase that should cause some sleep to be lost in Bogotá and elsewhere in the region.

    The base will also, as the Hudson Institute notes, represent a means by which Iran and its suppliers can sidestep UN sanctions. After the latest round of sanctions, "Russia decided not to sell five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defence systems to Iran," the Institute wrote in December 2010. "These weapons, along with a number of other weapons, were part of a deal, signed in 2007, worth $800 million. Now that these weapons cannot be delivered to Iran, Russia is looking for new customers; according to the Russian press agency Novosti, it found one: Venezuela."
     
  2. AroundTheWorld

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    Crazies of the world...united.
     
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    I'm sick of the whole double standard thing. Iran has just as much right to build non-nuclear missiles in Venezuela as the US does to build and or sell missiles to dozens of nations around the world.

    Neo-cons will soon start panicking with the prospects of no war in Afghanistan and Iraq. They just need their war fix. Maybe they can keep war going in Pakistan or start one with Venezuela.

    BTW Venezuela is much more democratic than our buds in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. No comparison.

    Also for the record Bush I and II have killed many more people than Ahmajinedad has.
     
  5. Joshfast

    Joshfast "We're all gonna die" - Billy Sole
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    Nah, we should carpet bomb that site and call it a day.
     
  6. tallanvor

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    No they don't. They lost that right when their government started harboring/aiding terrorists. Actions have consequences and the actions of Ahmadinejad and the Iranian government(do they really need to be listed?) have led to them having fewer rights.
     
  7. Northside Storm

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    Unless you're Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.

    lolololol
     
  8. KingCheetah

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    Oh noes scudz slightly out of range of Florida!
     
  9. RedRedemption

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    If they want "Western Aggression" let them have Western Aggression. Annihilate all Iran military forces and impose extreme sanctions a la North Korea. This is ridiculous; as harsh as this may sound, the Middle East is just a huge hive of scum, villainy, and corruption. Unfortunately, military action will only spur further violence.

    Ideally, it'd be nice for a change to have a global agreement on the decommissioning of nuclear weapons. Targeting civilians have become too popular a practice these days.
     
  10. glynch

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    I thihnk RedRedemption is a liberal just trying to make conservatives look stupid.
     
  11. Landry92

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    I don't think Iran has any intention on attacking the US and if they do than that intention is overwhelmed by the US intention

    On the other hand if you were talking about Israel, then I wouldn't dismiss an attack on them but I don't see that happening in the near future.
     
  12. Landry92

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    WOW !! a more ignorant, Racist statement can't be formed
     
  13. justtxyank

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    How is it racist? He described the region, not a race of people.
     
  14. NotInMyHouse

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    Because if this had been the statement I suppose it wouldn't have been racist? :eek: :rolleyes:

     
  15. Sacudido

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    It's not racist at all. If it weren't for oil, the world would let the Middle East stew in its useless sectarian rivalries and violence.
     

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