Iran could fire ‘hundreds’ of missiles at Europe: Gates
AFP – June 18, 2010
US intelligence has shown Iran could launch an attack against Europe with "scores or hundreds" of missiles, prompting major changes to US missile defenses, Pentagon chief Robert Gates said on Thursday.
President Barack Obama in September cited a mounting danger from Iran's arsenal of short and medium-range missiles when he announced an overhaul of US missile defense plans.
The new program, called the "phased adaptive approach," uses sea and land-based interceptors to protect NATO allies in the region, instead of mainly larger weapons designed to counter long-range missiles.
"One of the elements of the intelligence that contributed to the decision on the phased adaptive array 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 hearing.
"It would more likely be a salvo kind of attack, where you would be dealing potentially with scores or even hundreds of missiles."
Top US generals have said the new anti-missile system was meant to guard against a potential salvo of missiles from states such as Iran or North Korea.
Gates made the comment when asked by Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss if he supported deploying improved missile defenses, including plans for an upgraded SM-3 missile by 2020, even if Russia objected.
Gates said he backed the 10-year plan, despite possible resistance from Moscow, saying the new missile defenses "would give us the ability to protect our troops, our bases, our facilities and our allies in Europe."
Gates, along with other top deputies in the Obama administration, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to argue for ratification of a new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, trying to reassure Republican lawmakers the agreement posed no threat to the missile defense program.
Comment – June 18, 2010
The same double standards always come into play when dealing with Western politician's pronouncements on Iran or the corporate media's portrayal of the same.
On the one hand there is always a readiness to consider Iran's nuclear ambitions as a potential threat. While pointedly ignoring Israel’s own nuclear arsenal. The above is a prime example.
Apart from bypassing the obvious ‘elephant in the room’ however, the western media and politicans persistently downplay the threat it poses. Yet as imprisoned Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu attests and Israeli historian Martin van Creveld confirms, European cities are actually targeted by Israeli nuclear missiles.
It's not something you hear much about in the corporate media but Professor Creveld has gone so far as to claim Israel might one day be “forced” to wipe out European cities – and no doubt that would then be blamed on “Anti-Semitism” or Iran. Anything other that Israel’s own collective national psychosis.
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Last updated 21/06/2010