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A note on the author:"Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu has been an Army Green Beret lieutenant colonel, as well as a writer, popular speaker, business executive and farmer. His most recent book is Separated at Birth, about North and South Korea."
Terror's Nuclear Nexus
By Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu
FrontPageMagazine.com | July 20, 2006
According to reports out of North Korea, not only were Iranian observers - primarily scientists and engineers - present at the multiple missile launches that the Dear Leader flung in the general direction of Japan during U.S. Independence Day celebrations, but the Iranians may even have paid for the tests. It has long been known and reported in this column that the Iranians have worked for years with North Korean counterparts to improve the Nodong and Taepodong missiles (that Iran calls the Shehab class) and to co-develop terminal guidance technology and other aspects of warhead research. The rocket body itself is one of several critical parts of an effective missile, the warhead, payload, and guidance system being others.
Iran has threatened use of these weapons â complete with nuclear warhead â to exterminate Israel. Those who take the words of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seriously as he speaks of âwiping Israel from the mapâ recognize that every delay, every bit of procrastination, every âstrategyâ that relies on the unfit like the EU and UN to do the heavy lifting, are simply opportunities for Iran. They need time to work with their North Korean pals to finalize warhead, nuclear payload, and guidance technologies. Before they can pull the trigger they need to be assured that the attack will work. Hence Iranian sponsorship of the North Korean missile shots.
Meanwhile, on other fronts â the Hamas/Hezbollah attacks â are proving to be additional testing grounds for Ahmadinejad and the mullahs. Longer range rockets, multiple launching sites, and surface-to-surface guided missiles have already been tested. What new surprises lurk for Israeli and possibly allied forces in the region? We must look across the spectrum at all international linkages to see where the weapons are originating, what work is being conducted inside Iran, and what new tactics and strategies that may spring up. A too-narrow, closed-minded focus will result in a disaster, perhaps of strategic proportions. Ahmadinejad is telling us he has something big â something huge and earth-shaking â planned. We must take his rantings seriously and we absolutely must look at the larger picture to make sense of the horrible possibilities that could result.
Yet one of our major intelligence weaknesses in the West is our inability or unwillingness to see big pictures. Analysts are trained to stay inside the box. They hang their careers on micro-analysis that they defend regardless of contrary evidence. Think of the more recent egregious examples: secular Muslims donât work with al Qaeda religious zealots, Saddam did not have WMD, Sunnis and Shia cannot work together, Koreans and Middle Easterners donât work together, and so on. These arbitrary, artificial boundaries in our thinking and analysis must be shed and changed quickly before we fall into a calculated trap being set for us by our sworn enemies. We must recognize the deadly connections and react accordingly. A conventional surprise like 911 was painful. Allowing a nuclear surprise is unacceptable.
The article is long but an interesting read. The author refers to China's 600B oil deal with Iran.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."
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