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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Iran Tests 9 Medium- and Long-Range Missiles

FOX News reports:

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran test-fired nine long- and medium-range missiles Wednesday during war games that officials said aimed to show the country can retaliate against any U.S. or Israeli attack, state television reported.

The exercise was being conducted at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which about 40 percent of the world's oil passes. Iran has threatened to shut down traffic in the strait if attacked.

Oil prices jumped on news of the missile tests, rising $1.80 to $137.84 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by afternoon in Europe.

Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, said the exercise would "demonstrate our resolve and might against enemies who in recent weeks have threatened Iran with harsh language," the TV report said.

As a side note, Barack Obama believes that more diligent and unconditional negotiations with Iran is the answer. What on earth does this arrogant individual think he can say to convince Iran to stand down enrichment and reprocessing of Uranium that hasn't already been said?
Iran has been a hostile adversary since 1979 when they took the American Embassy hostage. They were behind the 1983 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, and have financed and backed continuous hostilities for the last 3 decades. Sanctions have been imposed, and lifted throughout the duration with no significant affect on their single mindedness.
Time is running out, and if our present administration passes without acting, the Middle East will indeed become a radioactive barren land.
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