US, German and other Western officials expressed anxiety that the same technology used in the launches could also be used to develop an Iranian ballistic missile."Western anxieties" involve, precisely, concern over the combination of medieval sensibilities with modern weapons technology. Juan's point involves seeing Iranian advances in aeronautics simply as "modernity." Isn't it "striking" that Iran itself also insists that its space program, nuclear program, etc., are merely modernity?
Iran insists that it is developing the delivery technology for peaceful civilian purposes.
It is striking that Western anxieties about Iran often depict the regime as "medieval," but what they are really afraid of appears on the contrary to be Iranian modernity.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad