Missiles, Holocaust Cartoons, & Tourism

Iran tests fires longer range missile as part of new maneuvers

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards test-fired dozen of missiles, including the long-range Shahab-3, during the first hours of new military maneuvers, Iranian state-run television said Thursday.

The report said several kinds of short-range missiles were also fired in a central desert area of Iran during the maneuvers, which came two days after U.S.-led warships finished an exercise in the Gulf that Tehran described as “adventurist.”

“We want to show our deterrent and defensive power to trans-regional enemies, and we hope they will understand the message of the maneuvers,” said the head of the Revolutionary Guards, Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, in an apparent reference to the US and other western powers.

The general said the 10-day maneuvers, named “Great Prophet,” would take place in the Gulf, the Sea of Oman and several provinces of the country. He did not specify how many troops were involved.

Other News about Iran:

Iran gives award for Holocaust cartoon

TEHRAN, Iran — Ignoring widespread condemnation, Iran awarded the top prize in a Holocaust cartoon contest to a Moroccan artist for his depiction of Israel’s security wall with a picture of the Auschwitz concentration camp on it.

Russia, China won’t back Iran sanctions 

MOSCOW — Russian and China indicated that they will not support a draft U.N. resolution imposing tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear enrichment program.

Iran Is Offering Bounty to Agents Who Can Entice Western Tourists

TEHRAN, Nov. 1 — Iran is offering money to travel agents who can lure certain types of tourists to Iran, and the rate is double for bringing European and American travelers.

“Iran’s Tourism Department will pay $20 for every American or European tourist that travel agents can bring,” Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh, deputy director of the Tourism and Cultural Heritage Organization, said Tuesday in a statement reported by the news agency IRNA. The statement also specified a $10 payment for luring Asian tourists.

If Iran were really serious about building up its tourism industry don’t you think they might try being a little less offensive on the world stage..  Call me crazy but there is something about giveing out awards to develop cartoons of the most despicable event in human history that doesn’t do an awful lot to build up a ppositive public image. Firing medium range missiles which are capable of carrying a nuclear warhead while the UN Security Council is considering sanctions because of Nuclear Weapons development doesn’t sound like an exceptionally bright idea either.  Unless of course the current Iranian leaderships goal is to distract media attention and the attention of its citizens away from a failed economy, & the oppressive nature of the regime… 

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