Saturday, October 20, 2007

Our missile launchers are standing by!

The missile seems to be the weapon of choice for the failed state nowadays, most notably Iran:
Iran warns that it would fire as many as 11,000 missiles at 'the enemy's bases' within the first minutes after any possible attack.

Brigadier General Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), warned Saturday Iran will immediately respond to possible attacks.

He emphasized that Iran is capable of maintaining its fire power, in case of any invasion.

The commander of the missile force of the IRGC revealed Iran is one of the few countries with the capability of destroying the enemy's mobile targets as it possesses smart munitions and the equipments to pinpoint the enemy's targets.

"Now the enemies should ask themselves how many forces they would be ready to sacrifice to pay the price of their folly,” Chaharbaghi added.

"If a war breaks out in the future, it will not last long because we will rub their (the enemies') noses in the dirt," he concluded.

The top IRGC commander said Iranian troops receive training on symmetric and asymmetric warfare in a bid to be prepared for different kinds of confrontations.

He also hinted that the enemy would not be able to locate IRGC artillery and missile units, as they are deployed all around the country.

General Chaharbaghi also added that the Iranian-made rockets' accuracy and range are unique in the world. [...]
In the Al-Manar version of this story, the 11,000 missiles would be fired. not just "within the first minutes," but "in the first minute":
"In the first minute of an invasion by the enemy, 11,000 rockets and cannons would be fired at enemy bases," said a brigadier general in the elite Revolutionary Guards, Mahmoud Chaharbaghi.

"This volume and speed of firing would continue," added Chaharbaghi, who is commander of artillery and missiles of the Guards' ground forces, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Syria, also, has been boasting about its missiles. Syrian MP Muhammad Habash announced recently on Iranian TV (h/t: Solomonia):
I want the world – and in particular, the Israelis – to know that the Dimona nuclear reactor itself is within the range of the weapons of the resistance and of Syria
Even allowing for some hyperbole and bluster in Iranian and Syrian military boasting, and without also going into the use of missiles by aspiring failed states such as Hamastan and Hizbullahstan, surely it is reasonable to conclude that efforts to develop anti-missile systems should be supported.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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