Iran's Target Practice

[Wall Street Journal, 8Nov06] Editorial - One clue that the ruling Iranian mullahs have something other than peaceful nuclear energy in mind is the huge investment they're making in ballistic-missile technology. Just last week, Iran test-fired dozens of Shahab-2 and Shahab-3 missiles, which have ranges up to about 2,000 kilometers. A large swath of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and Eastern European real estate is already within range of these Iranian missiles. Among the potential targets are India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and southern Russia. The missiles also pose a direct threat to the many U.S. bases and troop deployments in the region, especially in Iraq. We're surprised that more Western Europeans, who will soon be within range of Iranian missiles, don't seem worried about this threat.

2006-11-08 01:00:00

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