Saturday, November 25, 2006

Could we get them to sell them some water pistols too?

From The Jerusalem Post:

Russia has begun delivery of Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran, a Defense Ministry official said Friday, confirming that Moscow would proceed with arms deals with Tehran in spite of Western criticism.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue, declined to specify when the deliveries had been made and how many systems had been delivered.

Ministry officials have previously said Moscow would supply 29 of the sophisticated missile systems to Iran under a US$700 million (€565 million) contract signed in December, according to Russian media reports.

The United States will complain about this in public but my guess is that the Pentagon is pretty happy about this.

Why would US military planners be happy about this?

Remember how many of our planes and helicopters Saddam's air defenses were able to shoot out of the sky during our two Gulf Wars? The Iranians don't seem to remember how poorly the Iraqi's Russian hardware preformed for them.

The fact is that Russian and Chinese (which is all based on Russian junk) hardware are vastly inferior to American equipment. Put Arabs at the controls and "inferior" turns into "disastrous" as people whose culture prepares them for nothing more technically sophisticated than milking a goat attempt to operate anything "radar guided" or "computer controlled".

In the Third World War which America has begun to fight, even if most of us don't realize it yet, our greatest strength will be the quality of our enemies.

Hat Tip: Shooting the Messenger