|Iran preparing for long range capability|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Wednesday, 14 February 2007 17:00|
|Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims that his Russian-made missile systems are purely for defence against any US or Israeli airstrike, and Iranian ministers claim that Iran has no intentions of harming any other country, but Jane's Defence Weekly has reported that Iran is training its pilots for long range missions. Although Iran's airforce is not much match for the IAF, analysts fear that Iran may be preparing for some sort of retaliatory strike against Israel in the event that the nuclear facilities come down. Professor Raymond Tanter, founder of the Iran Policy Committee, believes that Israel is top of the list when it comes to military targets. He states that Iran is developing its missile technology as fast as it is developing its nuclear capability, and that many of the missiles now in Iranian possession bear the name of Israel on the fuselages. |
Quote: "Quoting "Western defense sources," the report said "Iran is pursuing a longer-range strike capability for its air assets to support the delivery of more powerful strategic weapon systems," adding that Tehran was "investing considerable resources" in aerial refuelling capabilities. The training involved Iran Air Force's (IRIAF's) Sukhoi Su-24MK strike aircraft, Jane's Weekly said. The aerial refuelling exercises, originating out of the Tactical Air Base 7 in Shiraz, southwest Iran, take place at night and involve planes flying at very low altitudes, the report continued. The exercises were aimed at simulating "operational scenarios that would entail night-time refuelling of an Iranian attack aircraft, at low altitude over the Mediterranean, outward bound en route to the target," Jane's Weekly added.
As I said yesterday, the political situation in America may prevent the US from supporting Israel in a military capacity in such a strike. Presidential candidate and Democrat, Hilary Clinton, has warned President Bush that he will need to seek the permission of Congress if he intends to start a conflict with Iran. And with politics so divisive in the US, with efforts by the left-wing liberals to undermine everything the President does, I very much doubt a Democrat-controlled Congress would give that permission, even if Israel's existence was at risk.
Quote: ""If the administration believes that any, any use of force against Iran is necessary, the president must come to Congress to seek that authority," Clinton said in a Senate speech. Clinton, a member of the Armed Services Committee, voted in 2002 to give Bush the authority to use military force in Iraq - a vote that has prompted some Democrats to demand that she repudiate. "It would be a mistake of historical proportion if the administration thought that the 2002 resolution authorizing force against Iraq was a blank check for the use of force against Iran without further congressional authorization," Clinton said.
In short, I believe, Israel will truly be on its own when it comes to Iran and the war of Ezekiel 38-39. But that is why God will get the honour and glory for defeating Israel's enemies, and not the Senators in the US.