Iran threatens to fire '150,000 missiles' at Israel if attacked
Well, that's a nice round number, don't ya think?
Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi said Israel would be attacked with 150,000 missiles if it launches any military action against the Islamic Republic, the Iran Independent News Service reported Sunday.
Speaking before 50,000 army volunteers in Bushehr, the minister said "Iran is not Iraq or Afghanistan, if the Americans make the mistake and attack Iran, we will show them how to fight," adding "Israel has to be punished for what it has done to the Muslims in Palestine and Lebanon."
However, according to Iranian news outlets Vahidi did not specify if the missiles would be fired from Iran or other locations.
On Saturday a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said the country would target NATO's missile defense shield in Turkey if the US or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic.
Iran doesn't have 150,000 missiles that can hit Israel. And together with Hezb'allah and Hamas, they still don't have anywhere near that number. It makes for dramatic speechifying but comes up a little short in the truth department.
This is not to say that Iran won't fire the couple of dozen medium range missiles it has at Israel, or give the green light to Hezb'allah and Hamas to fire their shorter range missiles from Lebanon and the West Bank. But bombast like this is an indication that the Iranians fear an Israeli strike and what it could do to their nuclear and other weapons facilities.