IRANIAN PEACEFUL DEVELOPMENT NEWS – AT 9:44 A.M. ET: One day after firing up a Russian-built nuclear reactor, Iran gives us more evidence of its peaceful intent:
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inaugurated the country's first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an ''ambassador of death'' to Iran's enemies.
The 4-meter-long drone aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers), according to a state TV report -- not far enough to reach archenemy Israel.
''The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship,'' said Ahmadinejad at the inauguration ceremony, which fell on the country's national day for its defense industries.
Well, of course, all ambassadors of death bring messages of peace and friendship.
The goal of the aircraft, named Karrar or striker, is to ''keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases,'' he said, adding that the aircraft is for deterrence and defensive purposes.
The president championed the country's military self-sufficiency program, and said it will continue ''until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation.''
News of this development indoubtedly came to President Obama on his sixth vacation of the year, and Martha's Vineyard.
August 22, 2010