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Monday, January 30, 2017

Iran conducts ballistic missile test violating UN resolution


Iran conducted a ballistic missile test, the first under Donald Trump's presidency. Not only is it in violation of United Nations resolution 2231, but they may as well have painted the missile to look like a giant middle finger because it certainly flipped Trump off.

The launch went off Sunday near Semnan about 140 miles east of Tehran (about 225.308 kilometers, give or take 0.04 kilometers).

The Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile flew about 600 miles (about 965.606 kilometers) before blowing up, in a failed test of reentry. Iran defense minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan (aka "Hoss") said in September that Iran would start production of the missile, weeks before our presidential election in which Hillary Clinton lost.

The UN resolution went into effect days after the obviously useless Iran nuclear deal was signed. It calls on Iran not to conduct such tests, but did they listen? Did anyone but Obama and Kerry think they would?

This is at least Iran's second such test since July in spite of the resolution barring the conducting of ballistic missile tests for eight years and went into effect July 20, 2015. The text of the resolution clearly states that Iran is "called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology."

Of course, in the Obama administration's infinite wisdom, the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers doesn't have any provisions that can be used to prevent the terrorist country from conducting ballistic missile tests. Iran claims the tests are legitimate because they aren't designed to carry a nuclear warhead [this time]. 

President Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman on Sunday. They both "agreed on the importance of rigorously enforcing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and of addressing Iran's destabilizing regional activities," the White House said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia is the seat of Sunni Islam, the main Islamic sect in the world comprising around 70 percent of all Muslims. Iran is a majority Shia nation. 

Not surprisingly, the Sunnis and Shias hate each other as both believe the other sect are apostates. 

A ballistic missile launch could potentially fall under "destabilizing regional activities." 

The launch came one day before Jordan's King Abdullah arrived in Washington to meet with VP Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mattis. 

Coincidence or the second middle-finger flip off to Jordan?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be meeting with Trump February 15 and will discuss the Iran situation with him at that time.

"I will meet President Trump in Washington soon, and among the issues I will address is the need to renew the sanctions against Iran," Netanyahu wrote on Facebook Monday. (It is not known how many 'Likes' that statement received.) "Sanctions against the ballistic missiles, and other sanctions against the terror, and re-addressing the failed government on its nuclear capabilities.

"I know that this bothers not only Israel," Netanyahu added, "and not only the US but other countries in the region, Iran's aggression should not be ignored."

Our intelligence community was able to identify Iran's ballistic missile launch because of our robust satellite network. The system can detect the heat signatures of missile launches and explosions from bombs being dropped around the world.

Last March, Iran test-fired two ballistic missiles, one with the phrase: "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew written on the side.

So while Shias and Sunnis don't get along with each other, they both hate the Jews just as much. They are also intolerant of everyone else.

Last March, US Army Gen. Joseph Votel told lawmakers that we should continue to "expose" Iran for the role that they play in the region, including its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a chinless scum who dropped barrel bombs on his own people.

I think the time for talk is about over. Trump needs to do something to show Iran that we are "mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore."