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Ambassador of Death

Ambassador of Death

On 21 August 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pranced onto a stage and with the assistance of some scantily clad women in burkas, drew back a blue curtain unveiling a shiny gold unmanned drone, and pronounced it the "Ambassador of Death" to Tehran's enemies. According to the official word from Tehran, the 13-foot Karrar drone is capable of carrying four cruise missiles. This is very unlikely when you take into consideration the size and weight of the smaller sized Russian Kh-135 cruise missile. Iran frequently makes announcements about new advances in military technology that cannot be independently verified. In other words, they greatly exaggerate the capabilities. Later, this claim of weapon capacity was downgraded to two 250 lb bombs or one 500 lb bomb with a range of 620 miles (900 km)with a speed of 560 miles per hour.

This is not the first armed drone in the Iranian arsenal. Iran has been making its own drones since the late 1980s; the U.S. even shot one down over Iraq last year. The claimed 620 mile range falls short of hitting Israel, however, in the past, a small number of those unmanned aerial vehicles have made their way into Hezbollah's hands.

This announcement came a day after Iran began to fuel its first nuclear power reactor, with the help of Russia, amid international concerns over the possibility of building a nuclear weapons program to its nuclear program.

Speaking to a group of officials, Ahmadinejad said, "The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship."

Ahmadinejad added the goal of the aircraft is to "keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases… until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation," he said, adding that the jet is for deterrence and defensive purposes.

Ambassador of Death test firing

Referring to Israel's occasional threats against Iran's nuclear facilities, Ahmadinejad called any attack unlikely, but he said if Israel did, the reaction would be overwhelming. "The scope of Iran's reaction will include the entire the earth," said Ahmadinejad. "We also tell you - the West - that all options are on the table."

Excepting the exaggerated claims of the Iranians with regards to the capabilities of this weapon, is the world safer with Iran having this weapon delivery system? This is not a defensive weapon; this is a first strike weapon easily placed into the hands of Islamic terrorist groups. When you consider the Radical Islam that is in control of Iran and the willingness to act in the name of Allah, Islam, and Muhammad, the Iranians have moved up a step in terms of being a threat on the world stage.

"There is no doubt that the new wave [of attacks] in Palestine will wipe off this stigma [Israel] from the face of the Islamic world."
-- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President elected June 2005

"The accomplishment of a world without America and Israel is both possible and feasible."
-- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President

"Israel must be wiped off the map."
-- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President, 2005

"Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury."
-- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President

Can the world trust the so-called "peaceful intentions" and "message of peace and friendship" of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Iranians?


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