The Red-Green Axis Goes Ballistic: Iran, North Korea, and Proliferation

"It's a match made in hell," writes journalist Benny Avni of the nuclear weapon and ballistic missile proliferation nexus between Iran and North Korea.  This international, potentially apocalyptic version of what is known as a "red-green alliance" between radical Islamic and leftist elements makes America's often neglected missile defense efforts all the more urgent. Various commentators have noted a "stark contrast" between the ideological natures of the Iranian and North Korean regimes.  As Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies observes, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocracy, while North Korea is a hereditary tyranny with an anti-religious, Marxist ideology.  Nonetheless, these two rogue state international outcasts, once included in President George W. Bush's "axis of evil," both "feel a serious threat from the United States and the West," notes Harvard...(Read Full Article)