Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. And in anticipation of Green Movement protests today, Iran has a new fleet of scary, high-tech riot-control trucks.
Made in China, the trucks hold 2,640 gallons of water that they can spray at protesters from up to 220 feet away. The truck also contains three 26-gallon drums that can be filled with tear gas, burning chemicals, and paint. The paint marks protesters, so that if they slip pass a police cordon during the chaos of rioting, they can be picked up by the cops later in the day. Each truck costs around $650,000, but it is unknown how many the Iranian government purchased.
What is known is that the trucks, combined with a pre-anniversary Internet crackdown, early shows of force by Basij militia members, and a year long wave of opposition arrests, has succeeded in controlling Green Movement opposition protests.
As bad as things are in Iran its gotta be better than Iraq I would rather live under an authoritarian repressive regime than in a violent anarchist dystopia.
What's wrong with violent anarchist dystopias?
Well to each his own I suppose.
give me a break a 14 yr old girl gets raped in iran and sentenced to jail and you would rather live there where you don't have the right to voice your opinion just like you do on this website get a clue....
China and Iran... partners in oppression.
Well I'm not a 14 year old girl now am I. In Iraq 14 year old girls get hit by off target mortar shells, I think I would rather be the girl from Iran.
well i think you should go there and live then, animemaster :)) just do it instead of saying it that would be much nicer. come back and post some pictures i am sure to leave some feedback for ya :D
I never said it's a nice place or that I want to live there, I'm saying its better than Iraq.
I never stated it would be nicer than where I live what was said is that it is better than Iraq. I would also prefer it to N. Korea or half a dozen places in African, Haiti or East St. Luis. Yeah you gotta follow the rules and hope you don't get busted for something silly like showing a magic trick in gym class; but it has a working economy decent infrastructure and is relatively safe. Oh and they put snow plows on the fire trucks. I do hope it gets better but Iraq 2.0 would just make the place turn to hell.
KH i couldnt have said it better myself
This article doesn't seem very scientific. At all. Just an activist article disguised by a black fire truck, operated by police with paint; with some rudimentary specs.
Actually it is political and has no place in this magazine or on this website, IMO.
You see what comments it has created.
"Oh and they put snow plows on the fire trucks"
Those aren't snow plows you moron, those are people plows. And I would rather live in iraq than on the moon, you know cause of the no air and stuff.
I know there people plows you anti moon person you.
Can you live in Alaska in the winter with out cloths? We are tropical animals that have adapted to other climates with technology. The moon is no different. Btw moon dirt is 45% oxygen my mass, we will need a little more than animal skins, bones, and igloos to survive there but its the same concept.
If you don't want to be stuck a sheep knowing only what the standard media tells you I would recommend checking out VBS.TV
Yet some hick police force could do the same thing with a pressure washer, tear gas grenades and a snow plow truck. This may cost $200,000 or lower.
I must have this when zombies come a knockin.
Anyhow, as stated above,
"China and Iran, partners in opression."
A few years ago I suggested a less aggressive method of riot deterent. If you have an armoured truck loaded with ice cubes and you pour the water from a tank over them and collect the now chilled water, this water can be sprayed into the blast from a powerful guarded fan producing a cold wind driven rain which is very uncomfortable, but non lethal. Some of the water could cool the air from the fan before the water injection thus cooling the air and warming that melt water prior to spraying over the load of ice blocks. I reckon a load of ice blocks would be good for at least an hours worth of "treatment" and would cool down most hotheads. Salt gritters used in winter for the roads could be adapted for the purpose.
Didn't I see this truck in the movie Soylent Green?
wow the sheer ingnorance here is suprising for people supposedly intrested in complicated subjects.Don't you realise we live in a authoritarian state where people who clamor for justice have their ear drums blasted microwave cannons , a place were the FBI (secret police) tapped phones of people like Martin Luther King because they thought he was a Communist. Even today the NSA has a massive room in AT&T headquaters filtering out keywords from phone,internet communications and peaks into your private information regardless of wether your a suspect. A place were mercenaries are hired out and get away with murdering and raping Iraq civilians and are lauded for their brave heroic contributions. A place where the goverment hires death squads to blow the brains out of jesuit missionaires in Nicaragua who advocate for dirt poor peasants . A place where we torture U.S. civilians with waterboarding and then hang people for waterboarding our troops. A place were we dropped more ordinace than in WW2 on a country of poor helpless peaseants and drop millions of tons of toxic dioxins that deform people and give cancer to this day. and people call Iran opressive?
I mean come on they may be a horiible fudamentalist dictatorship in Iran but my my what does all the horrible things I just pointed out say about our own country our own people .This whole article is so hippocritcal why wouldn't the Iranian goverment use this truck after all to refresh your history Kermit Rosevelt with operation AJAX covertly went into Iran to drum up fake protesters so they could overthrow a democraticaly Elected goverment that got the silly idea that they owned their own oil I'm not praising the Iran goverment but their the olny country except for north Korea that isn't controlled by the "International Community" AKA America
America did a lot of f*cked up stuff during the cold war, and many of those things were in retrospect unjustified, but a broad justification for the unnecessary abuse of civil rights anywhere needs far more than a "they started it" argument. This especially applies to a place like Iran where there's such pervasive political influence over it's portrayal in the media, and where accurate in-depth reporting is presumably difficult to do, it's really not reasonable to try to determine with certainty what life is actually like there for average Iranians given we're just not given an objective view. It may be better than the common perception, it may be worse, but it's still a country like any other and we should try to look at these things as objectively as we would any other country despite the enormous politicization of everything to do with it. I've only talked to few Iranians about what life was like there, and the largest complaints I've heard were about gas shortages and unpredictable changes in the cost of living, with the more dramatic things like the authoritarianism and rights abuses being major but secondary concerns. This is strictly me reiterating what I've heard (from people whos credibility I couldn't begin to determine no less), but my point stands that ultimately all those interested should work together to try to develop a more disciplined and comprehensive overview of Iran before making any broad assertions about moral legitimacy or the citizens daily lives. I'm saying this not being an American, so I have the benefit of not needing to worry about whether or not my military should invade Iran, and I suppose this makes it easier for me to make a "cut the bullsh*t" statement seeing as I don't really have any direct stock in the relationship between Iran and America/Israel, or Iran and the various Arab nations for that matter.
first of all America does more horrible things now than they ever did in the cold war and during the cold war did horrible things entirely unrelated to the cold war like selling arms to the Indonesians who in turn invade East Timor a soveirgn country and slaughter hundreds of thousands in one of the twentyth centurys greatest genocide ever also today we give billons in armaments to Turkey: gunships, jets amored vechicles, missles and bombs to commit genoicide and make millions of Kurds refugees today we give billions of dollars of equipment to Columbia whose army who is orderd to meet quotas by their goverment so they dress up innocent people as marxist gurreillas and shoot them to make it look like their acutally fighting a war.Yet people today in America brush it off like it is an acceptable thing ,it sickens me to think while people in most of the world aren't free with their tongs they more free with their minds than the mass of brainwashed America jingoist who would ordinarly come to to the same conclusions as me if it wern't for the massive indoctinizing apparatus of controlled media and cutural institutions used by international elites,so your comment about non-objective media is a non-point given the American situation. The assertion that you have no stock in the issues of relationship between Iran and America is puzzling a sort of summarizes my point that American citizens minds have been warped so much they care more about gasoline shortages than realizing they have no part in the decision making in this country ,because if they did there wouldn't be concerns about gasoline shortages because there would be a solution already. oS as you say to cut the crap: some people care more about freedom and democracy than having materialistic items that people don't need and aren't a neccessity, and quite honestly is stealing resources from people who need them to survive.
I apologize, I think you've misunderstood my point. I'm not in any way whatsoever trying to defend America or provide a justification for America infringing on another nations sovereignty. I'm trying to assert that because we don't know what goes on in Iran we need to make a more concerted effort to understand the actual conditions Iranians live in as Iranians themselves see it before we can try to have a meaningful discussion on the moral legitimacy of specific activities of the Islamic council in addition to all other issues at hand. I reference the cold-war specifically as the bulk of directly imperialistic American activities in regards to Iran specifically occurred during that time (which isn't to say that important direct and indirect events haven't transpired since that haven't effected the lives of Iranians, but that the backing of Shah Pahlavi and similarly important activities occurred primarily during the cold war era). The "cut of crap" comment wasn't directed at you specifically, just the general overt politicization of everything to do with Iran and the obstacles to a clear understanding of life there that it presents. Again I'm sorry to have misrepresented by position, like I said I'm not American, Arab or Irani so I'm not entirely sure how my comments will be interpreted politically. I'm also not trying to assert that Iranians should further open it's borders to international trade to alleviate it's gas shortages, simply reiterating a common complaint I've heard.
imagine if al quida got a hold of this and stole some weapons and mounted them on top! *shudder* BAD NEWS!