Wednesday, March 7, 2012

China and Russia threaten US Attack on Iran fraught with unpredictable consequences

With rumors of war and violence jeopardizing the stability of the Middle East, Russia and China caution the United States against attacking Iran.

Attacking Iran would be a “very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences,” warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, while China's response was more reserved and a lot less vocal, it was no less implied.

Still, a growing number of US officials past and present have expressed a preference for launching a military attack on Iran soon, with an IAEA report alleging some vague allegations about computer simulations serving as the latest pretext.

For example, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slammed Iran, saying the U.S. should consider even tougher penalties against the Iranian government and 'be doing everything we can to bring it down,' and that the U.S. should never take the option of military force off the table when it comes to dealing with Iran.

Carl Levin with John McCain
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said he believes an Israeli attack on Iran is “very likely.”

Meanwhile, Israeli officials have been open about wanting to launch an attack on Iran themselves, with President Shimon Peres insisting the war was “more likely” than any sort of diplomatic solution.

These are just the latest in the growing concerns about starting another major war. Germany also said they oppose any type of military action.

Will Iran end up becoming another Iraq?

Though I am not out of principle opposed to an attack on Iran, I do wonder if we could be walking into a blunder just like we did in Iraq. What if there are no weapons of mass destruction? If we don't find WMD's, America will once again look like the aggressive, war mongering colonial empire it is already rightfully made out to be throughout most of the world.

And while China's position on a US or Israeli strike against Iran is hard to decipher,  with Chinese officials being as reserved as usual, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a wide-ranging editorial that the consequences of a military strike against Iran would be disastrous.

"Russia is worried about the growing threat of a military strike against Iran," Putin said in an editorial carried by the RIA Novosti news agency. "If this happens, the consequences will be disastrous. It is impossible to imagine the true scope of this turn of events."

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
"We propose recognizing Iran's right to develop a civilian nuclear program, including the right to enrich uranium," Putin said. "But this must be done in exchange for putting all Iranian nuclear activity under reliable and comprehensive IAEA safeguards."

Could Russia have another reason for being this vocal against an attack on Iran?

Does Russia have Ulterior Motive for not wanting us to Attack Iran?

According to RIANovosti, a major Russian news website, Russia's defense minister Sergei Ivanov admitted that Russia completed deliveries of Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran.

"We have supplied modern anti-aircraft short-range missile systems under a contract. Iran is not under any sanctions," Sergei Ivanov said, adding that Moscow will continue to develop military and technical cooperation with Tehran. 

Russia supplied 29 Tor-M1 missile systems to Iran in accord with a $700 million contract signed at the close of 2005. Although the US protested the deal, fearing it would boost Iran's military capabilities, the Russians delivered the missiles anyway.

Russia insisted that the delivery of the Tor-M1 missiles to Iran was sanctioned by international law, and that the systems were intended for defense purposes only.

The Tor-M is a high-precision missile system designed to destroy both manned and unmanned aircraft and cruise missiles flying at an altitude of up to 6 miles. Each system is equipped with 8 short-range missiles, guidance radars, fire control systems and command post.

Iran Tor-M1 missile launch
Lat year Russia again managed to uphold its economic interests, while the UN Security Council adopted a resolution to punish Tehran for its refusal to its halt uranium enrichment, Russia ensured the implementation of its earlier signed contracts with Iran, including on the construction of a reactor in Bushehr and the delivery of S-300 air defense systems, including the Tor-M1 missiles. 

Maybe Russia is worried about how the US would react if some of our planes were shot down by Russian Tor-M1 anti-aircraft missiles? Maybe Russia is worried about how America would take the death of some of our pilots by Russian made missiles?

Written By: Tom Retterbush

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