Archive for 31 May 2007

War is coming to Tucson

Posted: 31 May 2007 in Politics

War is coming to Tucson

Lionel Waxman

You are not going to like what I have to say today. But it must be said, out loud. People are whispering about it now, but if we don’t face up to it, it will only get worse.

The violent incident in Cananea, Sonora, has hit the consciousness of Tucson squarely between the eyes. Northern Mexico is in a state of war. Who is fighting? That’s hard to say. Officially, it is the drug- and people-traffickers against each other and the government. But in Mexico, you can’t tell the players even with a program. You cannot assume the police or the Army are loyal to their commands. Many are working on their own.

In case you were out of town two weeks ago, about 50 armed men drove into Cananea and killed five policemen and two other residents. The men fled into the hills with police and soldiers in pursuit. In subsequent gunfights, 16 more were killed.

The U.S. State Department has issued a travel announcement saying narcotics-related “violence by criminal elements affects many parts of the country.”

That’s right, make them legal. That will solve everything.

“Deport the Criminals First” — Part One of an Ongoing Series

As regular readers know, I have repeatedly argued that our federal government should devote all its ICE agents (at least those not working on border enforcement) to the task of identifying and deporting those illegal aliens who commit crimes while in this country. In my view, it is outrageous that we would use a single ICE agent to arrest someone working hard for a living, while countless thousands of illegals sit in county jails and state prisons — their illegal immigrant status unknown, waiting to be released onto the streets once their sentences are completed.

Deport the Criminals First” — Part Two of an Ongoing Series: The Murder of Jenny Garcia

From Channel 8 news in Austin, Texas, January 27, 2004:

On Monday two girls found their older sister — a freshman at St. Edward’s University — stabbed to death inside the family’s Northwest Austin home. Detectives later connected a man to the capital murder after he placed a call to APD’s Homicide Tip Line.

Missile Defense Shield

Posted: 31 May 2007 in Politics

Are you paying attention?

Putin says missile test was a reply to U.S. moves

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday was in response to U.S. steps that have upset the strategic balance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Putin also said the United States had initiated a new round of the arms race.

“Our American partners have left the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty. We have warned them then that we will come out with a response to maintain the strategic balance in the world,” Putin told a news conference. “We conducted a test of a new strategic ballistic missile with multiple warheads, and of a new cruise missile, and will continue to improve our resources.”

“We are not the initiators of this new round of the arms race,” said Putin.

It seems that Russia is trying to get back to center stage. They lost their status after the Cold War ended, so they are now trying to push our buttons with the nuke issue and our missile defense shield. With Iran threatening to blow up Israel with a nuke as soon as they are capable, and Russia playing the saber rattling game, right along with North Korea, there is a definite need for a missile defense shield. More so now, than ever.

Let’s take a look:

North Korean Missiles:
Scud B, Scud C, Scud D, Frog-7, No Dong, Taepo Dong-1*, Taepo Dong-2*

* Missiles Not Deployed Yet

A U.S. intelligence assessment from December 2001 says that before 2015 the United States most likely will face ICBM threats from North Korea and Iran. In August 1998, North Korea attempted to launch a satellite into orbit using a three-stage Taepo Dong missile, but the missile failed in its final stage. As a result of negotiations, North Korea has voluntarily suspended testing long-range missiles until 2003. North Korean Missile types include: BSRBMs, MRBMs, SRBMs and ICBMs. (Missile Defense Advocacy)

North Korea didn’t suspend their testing for very long. In my experience, when ever North Korea says that they are going to suspend testing, it is due to their inability to perform said testing at the moment. Once they have the wherewithal to start up again, they do, as is demonstrated by their 2006 launch.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — North Korea test-fired a long-range missile and five shorter-range rockets early Wednesday, but the closely watched long-range test failed within a minute, U.S. officials said.

A connection:

From: The International Institute for Strategic Studies

North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Programme

North Korea’s missile exports to Iran began during the Iran–Iraq War when North Korea shipped Scud-B missiles (designated the Shahab-1 by Iran) and mobile launchers to Iran in 1987 for use against Iraq in the ‘War of the Cities’. In the early 1990s, North Korea provided Iran Scud-C missiles (designated the Shahab­2) and helped Iran to establish an indigenous missile production infrastructure, in exchange for money and oil. In 1993, North Korea negotiated with Iran for the sale of No-dong missiles, but the exports were delayed, perhaps because of warnings from Washington that No-dong transfers to Iran could derail negotiations for the Agreed Framework, which were taking place at the same time. In 1995 however, after the conclusion of the Agreed Framework, North Korea began exporting No­dong missiles to Iran and helped Iran develop its own version of the No-dong, which Tehran designated the Shahab-3. The North Korean sale of No-dong missiles to Iran prompted Washington to begin a series of negotiations with Pyongyang, seeking an agreement to end Nort, h Korean missile exports, but the two sides were never able to reach agreement on the amount and type of ‘compensation’ that North Korea would receive for ending missile-related exports. North Korea may have provided Taepo-dong technology to Iran, but this cannot be confirmed.

Iran Missiles

Fateh A-110, M-9 variant, M-11 variant, Scud B, Scud C, CSS-8, Shahab-3, Shahab-4*, Shahab-5*

* Missiles Not Deployed Yet

U.S. intelligence assessment from December 2001 says that “before 2015 the United States most likely will face ICBM threats from North Korea and Iran.” Iran has since tested its developing intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of traveling between 3,000-5,500 km. They also have MRBMs, SRBMs, and BSRBMs. (Missile Defense Advocacy)

With these two regimes in bed together against the US and other western countries, there is a serious threat of nuclear war. This isn’t the same as dealing with the old USSR, at least with them, mutually assured destruction didn’t appeal to them. With the Islamofascist state of Iran, it is a completely different story. They are a culture that reveres the martyr. Death to them is a way to heaven. Mutually assured destruction won’t work. However, if we can defeat their missiles and at the same time be able to strike them with nuclear missiles, that would likely ensure that they behave themselves.