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Tuesday, October 23, 2007


The threat from Iran is real

George Bush, today:
"Iranian officials have declared that they are developing missiles with a range of 1,200 miles, which would give them the capability to strike many of our NATO allies, including Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and possibly Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. Our intelligence community assesses that, with continued foreign assistance, Iran could develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States and all of Europe before 2015. If it chooses to do so, and the international community does not take steps to prevent it, it is possible Iran could have this capability."
And, guess what, George Bush is right. Iran developing an ICBM that could reach the United States and all of Europe is a threat. And what is it a threat to? The idea that Iran would launch a first strike on the United States or Europe (or Israel) is beyond preposterous. So why would they want such a missile (if indeed they do)? Because it is a deterrent to an attack by the United States (or some U.S. ally). And that is a threat. Because if there's one thing that stands in the way of U.S. hegemony of the entire world, it's the ability of a nation to defend itself. And we can't have that.

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