Iranian Nuclear Threat:
There has been much talk in the media about an alleged nuclear threat from Iran and its fundamentalist regime. Is it true? Do Iranian President Ahmadinejad and the mullahs want to blow the world up? If so, do they have the means to carry out this wish? And what are they really after?
UN officials recently announced that Tehran had amassed enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Traces of weapons grade material have been found in Iran. In recent years, Iranian theologians have decreed that atomic weapons are permissible to use under Islamic law, thereby removing another potential impediment.
Pakistan, India, and North Korea already have stockpiled nuclear arsenals that pose regional and global dangers.
It All Links Back to Iran – State Sponsor of Terror:
Iranâ€™s record clearly speaks for itself. Iran is the single largest state sponsor of terror in the world. All too many of the worldâ€™s major terrorist attacks during the last 30 years can be traced back to Iran.
Ever since the 444 day U.S. Embassy Hostage Crisis, the guardians of Iranâ€™s Islamic Revolution have used terror as a primary means of stating their objectives and accomplishing their goals of exporting an ideology.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps received their initial training in coordination with Yasser Arafatâ€™s Palestinian Liberation Organization. Today, with over 150,000 members, many consider the IRGC to be the worldâ€™s largest terror organization; significantly larger than al Qaeda and the Taliban.
To increase the influence of militant power beyond its own borders, Iran has carried out the majority of terror actions through the use of proxiesâ€”quasi-independent organizations, that can carry out acts of terror on behalf of Iranian interests. Proxies also have the added benefit of disguising the identity of an attackâ€™s mastermind.
And they wasted little time before making their murderous impact felt.
Click more to read about Hezbollah and other state-sponsored terrorist organizations.
Human Rights Violations:
Non-Muslims, women, political dissidents, and homosexuals have been favored targets of human rights abuse by the Iranian regime. The government has denied and abused the civil, political, and sexual rights of these groups.
Although the Iranian Constitution recognizes Christians and Jews as People of the Book and grants them the right to practice their religion in Iran, these rights are limited and unenforced. Non-Muslims are a highly persecuted second class. Conversion from Islam to another religion is prohibited and punishable by death.
Members of the Baha’i faith, Iran’s largest religious minority, are considered heretics because their religionâ€”created after the advent of Islamâ€”does not recognize Mohammad as the final prophet. Many within Iran hold that Bahaâ€™is must choose between repentance and death. They have been subject to arrest, brutality and murder.
Radical Islam and Iran:
To truly understand the Iranian regimeâ€™s radical principles, one need not look further than the preamble to the State Constitution of Iran: â€śThe basic characteristic of this revolution, which distinguishes it from other movements that have taken place in Iran during the past hundred years, is its ideological and Islamic nature.â€ť
The role of the revolutionary government is â€śopening up before them [the nation] the true path of Islamic ideological struggle, and giving greater intensity to the struggle of militant and committed Muslims both within the country and abroad.â€ť
The spiritual leader of the Islamic Revolution of 1979 was Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, one of the main opponents of the Shah Pahlavi who had brought modernity to Iran. Khomeini went from exiled opponent of the regime to Supreme Leader of Iran, the highest ranking political and religious authorityâ€”a lifetime position created by the nationâ€™s newly formed constitution. He changed his religious title to Imam, a label given by Shiites to the descendants of Mohammad believed to be part of his prophetic dynasty. Prior to Khomeiniâ€™s self-appointment, there had not been a living Imam for close to 1,000 years. The state was renamed the Islamic Republic of Iran.
What are the dangers of a nuclear equipped Iran? What would they be capable of doing?
There are frightening scenarios like a nuclear air blast, a nuclear attack delivered via ground or sea, and the danger of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) which can instantly render electronic devices within a large radius totally out of commission, wreaking havoc on society and infrastructure.
When Americans try to visualize the threat of a nuclear blast, the first thing that often comes to mind is a nuclear warhead attached to a ballistic missile, that can be shot from ships, trucks or submarines A nuclear explosion in the heart of Americaâ€™s cities could cause unthinkable damage, radiation and loss of life.
Iran has been consistently building a vast ballistic weapons program. Missiles including Fajr-3 and Shahab-3 enable the delivery of a biological, chemical or nuclear payload anywhere in the Middle East, and reaching into parts of Europe. Iranian Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles will be able to deliver a payload to the United States by 2015.
Click more to learn about the other scenarios.