Iranian Missile Base in Venezuela

May 22, 2011 by Editor Fred D

Iranian Missile Base in Venezuela

From The Jerusalem Post “’Die Welt’: Iran building rocket bases in Venezuela” May 17, 2011.  JPost reported that, (World Online) “Iran is building intermediate-range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula, and engineers from a construction firm – Khatam al-Anbia – owned by the Revolutionary Guards visited Paraguaná in February. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, the head of the Guard’s Air Force, approved the visit, according to the report.”  This is around 1500 miles from Miami, FL.

It is part of an agreement between Iran and Venezuela, as reported by Welt Online. The May 5 th 2011 article “Iranische Raketenbasis in Venezuela in Planungsphase” (translated: “Iranian missile base in Venezuela in the planning phase”) goes on to state, that the base will be about 75 miles from the Colombian border from its location on the Peninsula of Paraguana.

The Iranians plan to develop an infrastructure for protection from air attacks. The silos are to be around 65 feet deep (20 Meters), they also plan to construct and establish watchtowers, bunkers warhead and rocket fuel storage areas. There is a planned control and command station and areas for residential staffing.

Khatam al-Anbia, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard owned construction company, had engineers visit the site. Amir al-Hadschisadeh, commander of the Air Force of the Revolutionary Guards, conducted a secret visit this past February.  Welt Online has also reported that the Iranian delegation brought suitcases of cash for the initial funding of project.

According to the secret agreement between Venezuela and Iran, Iran pledges to attack Venezuela’s enemies from the joint missile base. Venezuela will be enabled to threaten its neighbors like Colombia.  Iranian know-how will be used to develop the medium-range missiles stocked at the base.

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor has been brought online according to their Russian contractor. Atomstroyexport JSC in a May 10, 2011 Press Release states “On the 8th of May 2011 at 11:12 (the Iranian local time) the works on bringing the nuclear steam generating plant to the minimum controlled level of power were carried out at Busher NPP Unit 1.” They continue “Together with the start of these works the self-sustaining nuclear fuel fission reaction was launched in the reactor core of the Iranian first NPP’s Unit 1.”

Khamenei vs Ahmandinejad

Presently Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are in a power struggle. Ahmadinejadhad been reported as absent for about 10day from cabinet meetings. Reportedly he boycotted due to the decision Khamenei to reinstate Heidar Moslehi, the Intelligence Minister.

The conservative clerics are attempting to rein in the power of Ahmandinejad and the Revolutionary Guards. The clerics seem worried that Ahmandeinjad is on the road to a dictatorship and overthrowing their theocracy.

United States

Obama will most-likely not see this as a threat. Venezuela and Iran have issues with the United States, this will be a threat just the same as the Cuban Missile Crisis was in 1962.  Obama and his Administration should not be expect to treat this threat in the manner that Presidents JFK and Ronald Reagan. After all he thinks that democracy has sprung forth in the Mid-East.  This is a direct threat to Americans.

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