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The Iranian government announced earlier in the year it has started UAV development

Iran remains a nation closely watched by the United States and the rest of the western world, especially now that the country is developing a more sophisticated unmanned drone program. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned with the progress of Iranian drone development, and there is a growing concern the drone technology could be sold to terrorist groups.

"Countries like Iran are developing their own UAVs and already have a UAV capability," said Gates, speaking in front of the Senate Appropriations Committee.  "That is a concern, because it is one of these areas where -- if they chose to, in Iraq, in Afghanistan -- they could create difficulties for us."

The country began development in February, seeking to manufacture "advanced" UAVs able to conduct surveillance and coordinated strikes.  Furthermore, if the country is successful in developing nuclear weapons, there is a grave concern the drones could one day be used to attack major targets.  

Even so, the U.S. military has an advanced air fleet that should be capable of shooting down the drones according to military analysts.

The U.S. military continually uses UAVs in coordinated airstrikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, with the Pakistani military expected to receive UAV technology from the U.S.  Russia also is developing advanced UAVs for future use, with European news reports specifically mentioning their use to prevent attacks from terrorists based in Chechnya.

It's also possible UAVs will be used to patrol the Somali coast to help locate and identify pirates before they are able to hijack commercial vessels. 

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RE: Fixed.
By Mk4ever on 4/7/2010 10:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it is good that a majority of Iranians are pro-US right now. I think "people wise" Iranians are far more civilized than Iraqi's which is excellent for a post Iatola regime change.


Where did you get that from??

I don't mean any disrespect, in fact I agree with some of what you said.

Reality check from a guy who lived his whole life in the middle east, only for those interested in knowing the truth (saying this cause I know I'll be down-rated)

I am Iraqi, living in Saudi Arabia, went to jordan, syria and iraq. and guess what, when people tell you that your media is biased, it really is.

You know about middle east only what your government want you to believe. Trust me on this one.

Since 1948 events in Palestine, Arabs have become obsessed with news. We watch, listen to, and read news daily from all possible sources. I personally hate news, yet I read from at least 2 sources daily. Sometimes, I open all possible sources just to compare how the same news were reported. What a difference.

Reality is, most of those in the middle east hate kneeling to every wish the USA dictates on our leaders. We are sick of supporting Israel unconditionally (especially when it becomes more personal, as in, when many of my Palestinian friends and/or their families have suffered one way or another from Israeli occupation), and we take high pride in resistance, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran (Incidentally, Iran, the country that USA is considering a threat, hasn't initiated a war in a very long long time. Irani-Iraqi war was because of Saddam, he signed a paper for drawing borders, then he changed his mind, backed by USA, irony!).

Nijad in Iran is truly loved by the majority. If you read enough about his life, his care for poor people of his nation, and the pride and significant scientific achievements Iran saw with him, you'll know that all that I am describing makes sense.

Since the USA decided to interfere with arab media and what arabs hear, many of our own media is starting to exhibit USA-like news, augmenting specific parts and neglecting others. It is no wonder then that some arabs/middle easterns are falling into such media and starting to change their views. So when those people (for example, mousawi supporters in Iran) start protesting against Nijad in Tehran, the are actually just a few thousands out of millions, but surely USA-pro media will concentrate on this.

By the way, let me illustrate the power of media, my closest brother moved to Canada 9 years ago, and since he currently only hear USA-pro media, his principles are gradually starting to change. No wonder your government is focusing on media and news in the middle east, trying to ban Hamas's and Hezbullah's TV transmission. Media truly can change how people think.

If you wanna have a closer idea of what people in the middle east think, or what really happens, visit al-jazeera english more frequently. This isn't always the reality, but it's closer than anything else.

Finally, the middle east situation is really and truly complicated. You will have to read a lot, listen a lot, and live at least for a few years here too, and you still won't get the complete picture.

I hope no one will claim they understand what the middle east situation is all about if I myself, a native, cannot claim such a thing.

RE: Fixed.
By hadifa on 4/8/2010 12:08:37 AM , Rating: 2
I have lived in Middle east and Iran for that matter so I think I need to at least touch on two points you made.

Nijad in Iran is truly loved by the majority.

Not really. In the previous election in Iran, he most likely won. In the last one, they definitely rigged the election and the evidence were all over the place. There are many who still like/love him there specially in poorer areas, but it's not the majority, not by a long shot. You can see this through comparing the pro government rallies and anti governments ones and see the result easily. Alternatively you can check the evidences of the rigging specially if you know Persian. Based on my experience with friends I have all over middle east, he is by far more liked outside Iran than inside. I noticed the non-Iranians take all the negative news about him as manufactured by the US or Iran's enemies.

If you wanna have a closer idea of what people in the middle east think, or what really happens, visit al-jazeera english more frequently. This isn't always the reality, but it's closer than anything else.

Al-jazeera is DEFINITLY not less biased than most well-known western media. Actually, it's more biased. The English version is much better than the Arabic one, yet it's clearly following an agenda. That said, it is much better balanced than the media outlets in middle east.
It's good to have a look at though to see a different perspective on some of the issues.

I think you are very right in saying that we need to have a look at a few different news agencies to get a better perspective.

By the way, me Iraqi too.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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