DEBKA: Iran is closer than ever before to the launch of a spy satellite by a BM25 ballistic missile, 18 of which were purchased from North Korea, notwithstanding Pyongyang’s denials of aid to Iran’s nuclear program. Allaeddin Boroujerdi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, said last week that Iran had finished building a reconnaissance satellite and converted a ballistic missile into a space launcher. If this claim is correct, then Iran has a launcher able to put 300 kg into earth orbit - and by the same definition, an ICBM that could drop more than 300 kg anywhere in the world, including Washington DC...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: While the American press squanders precious air time on issues like sex scandals and how much everybody hates President Bush, the biggest news story of the century slips right beneath their nose virtually unnoticed. Iran now has a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon anywhere on the continental United States. New York City has been targeted. Washington DC has been targeted. Los Angeles has been targeted. etc. And in the not-too-distant future, the Iranian government will demonstrate this capability to the world in the form of a satellite launch.
Will the American press get it? Will they run prime-time specials pointing out the potential danger to every American citizen? My guess is probably not. Instead we can expect to see a short blurb about how the Iranians have entered the space age, and what remarkable technological progress their making despite UN sanctions over "peaceful" uranium enrichment.
Will the American Left get it? Not a chance! They'll decry any negative talk about Iran is "racist Islamophobia." Most liberal Leftists will be unable to comprehend that a satellite in orbit requires an intercontinental ballistic missile to put it there. They'll fail to see the threat, and probably utter some kind of inane comment like; "Iranians have just as much right to space travel as we do."
Will the Europeans get it? I suspect a small minority will -- those old enough to remember the threat of the Soviets during the Cold War. But I imagine their voices will not be heard over the tyranny of political correctness currently reigning on the continent via the European Union.
What of the American Right? Yes, they'll get it! But they can't do anything about it. Tail tucked between their legs; the Republicans have been sacked in the most recent midterm elections, and can barely help themselves, let alone anything else. President Bush has been virtually neutered by low opinion polls, Democratic control of Congress, and a war spinning out of control in Iraq. His recent speeches indicate he understands the danger very well, but judging by the looks of things, he won't be able to do much more than gripe about it.
So what does this mean? Are we headed for another Cold War - with Iran taking the place of the Soviet Union. Hardly. There is certainly a war on the way, but it's going to be anything but "cold." There are two things that make this nuclear arms race different. The first is ideology, and the second is sanity.
First and foremost, the Iranians have an advantage over the West ideologically. Their ideology is religious in nature, in the sense their religion teaches them not to be afraid to die. In fact, in some cases it actually encourages suicide martyrdom. What this means is simple. In an arms race with Iran, it is the United States who assumes the role of the old Soviet Union, not the nation of Iran. Why? Because throughout the original Cold War, it was the USA that was more willing to take it to the brink than the Soviet Union. Americans were willing to die for freedom, but how many Russians were willing to die for communism? In those few cases when the USA and the USSR nearly did the unthinkable, it was the USSR that backed down. The same was true with Pope John Paul II's clashes with communist Poland - pope wins, communists back down. The answer to this mystery is simple enough. Christians in the USA, and Catholics in Poland, were not afraid to die. They knew their cause was worth fighting for, and if it just happened to get them killed, they knew they had a better place to go in the afterlife. In contrast, atheistic communism offers nothing to comfort the soul when the mind contemplates its own mortality. So when death was no longer a fear for Christians under communist rule, the power of communism crumbled, because the power of communism is the fear of death. (i.e. "Submit or die!") Communists are atheists. They have no hope of the afterlife. This life is all there is, as far as their concerned. If that's what you really believe, what are you going to do when somebody threatens to end it? You'll back down of course. Since the Cold War ended, however, a lot of things have changed. The West is far less religious than it once was. Secular Humanism (an ideology just one step away from atheistic communism) now dominates western Europe. This same philosophy has now permeated every corner of North American culture as well. In addition to that, the majority of those who still do practice Western Christianity have become very decedent. Suffering and death doesn't often cross the minds of modern Christians in the West. So the West is substantially weaker than it once was when it first faced the Soviet threat of communism some 60 years ago. The new USA looks a lot more like the old USSR in "religious" ideology, when you compare it to the piety of Iranians, and Mesopotamian Muslims in general. Now it's the Iranians who aren't afraid to die, and the Americans who have everything to loose. In a real nuclear showdown between the two, it will be America that blinks not Iran.
There is however, a second problem. If the last three decades have proved anything, it is this. Radical Islam is on the rise, and radical Muslims are completely insane! Unlike the USA and old USSR, nuclear weapons in the hands of an Islamofacist are not likely to be used merely as a deterrent. On the contrary, recent history has demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt, that if you give a Muslim terrorist a bomb (any bomb) he will use it, without exception, even if its a nuclear bomb.
Will the American press, and the American Left, ever wake up to the life-threatening dangers around them? Forgive me for giving them the benefit of the doubt, but I believe they will. Just not until AFTER the mushrooms start sprouting.