June 20, 201
Bush era Secretary of Defense retread Robert Gates said on Friday Iran has the capacity to “shower” Europe with nuclear missiles. “One of the elements of the intelligence that contributed to the decision on the phased adaptive array (approach) was the realization that if Iran were actually to launch a missile attack on Europe, it wouldn’t be just one or two missiles, or a handful,” Gates told a Senate committee hearing. “It would more likely be a salvo kind of attack, where you would be dealing potentially with scores or even hundreds of missiles.”
Gates said the supposed Iranian threat can be averted by “upgraded missile interceptors” that “would give us the ability to protect our troops, our bases, our facilities and our allies in Europe.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile capability has been designed and created for defending the country against military aggressions and not threatening any other country,” Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday. Vahidi said Gates’ comments are part of a propaganda effort to expand its dominance over Europe and find an excuse to avoid the dismantlement of nuclear arms stationed in the continent, according to The Hindu newspaper. It also serves as part of the ongoing effort to demonize Iran as the U.S. and Israel prepare for an attack on the country.
On Saturday, Iran’s Press TV and news sources in Israel reported on the passage of U.S. and Israeli warships through the Suez Canal, ostensibly headed for the Persian Gulf and Iran.
Iranian National Security Council Secretary Larijani reportedly described the U.S. missile-defense shield for Europe as “the joke of the year,” saying Iranian missiles do not have the range to reach Europe.
Despite the fact tests of the long-range interceptor program have failed over the years due to software and radar problems, the Pentagon in league with the military-industrial complex continue to push the billion dollar boondoggle.
In February, the U.S. attempted to shoot down a ballistic missile mimicking an attack from Iran but failed after a malfunction in a radar built by Raytheon, Reuters reported.
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The Pentagon claims Iran will develop missiles capable of hitting the U.S. by 2015. “With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could probably develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States by 2015,” a report issued by the U.S. Department of Defense states.
Iran’s missile do not have the capacity to reach Brussels where EU leaders are plotting sanctions against Iran (considered by many to be a tacit declaration of war). Iran claims its missiles can reach a distance of 2,000 kilometers. The range would put Athens, southern Italy and the Black Sea coast of new EU members Romania and Bulgaria in range but not central and western Europe. Many consider the claim part of a propaganda effort in the re-election campaign of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year.
In December of 2009 Iran tested another missile. The new missile, the Sajjil-2, has a range of about 1,200 miles and does not threaten Germany, France, Britain, or EU world government headquarters in Brussels.
Iran has no reason to attack Greece, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria. Iran claims it will, however, attack Israel if the country teams up with the U.S. in an attack on Iran.
“They know that, if they try their luck and lob a single missile towards Iran, before the dust clears here, the dust of our missiles will rise from the heart of Tel Aviv,” Mojtaba Zolnour, the acting representative of the Leader in the Islamic Revolution’s Guards Corps., said in April.
In 2008, Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar warned Israel of a “very painful” response if it launched a military strike. “Our armed forces are at the height of their readiness and if anyone should want to undertake such a foolish job the response would be very painful.”
Iran has not made specific threats against Europe, but intellectuals in Israel have. Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician who was imprisoned for revealing Israel’s nuclear weapons program, has said Israel has the ability to “bombard any city all over the world, and not only those in Europe but also those in the United States.”
Martin Van Creveld, a professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has been quoted as saying: “Most European capitals are targets for our air force….We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”
In 2002, Louisiana State University professor David Perlmutter wrote for the Los Angeles Times: “What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter. Or invite all those tut-tutting European statesmen and peace activists to join us in the ovens? For the first time in history, a people facing extermination while the world either cackles or looks away — unlike the Armenians, Tibetans, World War II European Jews or Rwandans — have the power to destroy the world. The ultimate justice?”
A former Israeli official justified this apocalyptic mindset. “You Americans screwed us” in not supporting Israel in its 1956 war with Egypt. “We can still remember the smell of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Next time we’ll take all of you with us,” said the official.