Iran Unveils Silly Flying Boats. Be Scared? Amused?

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Iran Unveils Silly Flying Boats. Be Scared? Amused?

by Andrew Price

October 3, 2010

The Iranian government unveiled a new flying boat, dubbed the Bavar-2, on Tuesday. Each "is armed with a machine gun and carries surveillance cameras."

The Economist's Democracy in America blog explains the significance:

This new development changes the entire military calculus. An Iranian flying boat carrying a concealed "A-Bomb" could fly overland across the Arabian desert, refuel at the French Levantine port of Beyrouth, refuel again at Smyrna, refuel again at Trieste, refuel again at Barcelona, cross Fascist Spain to refeul at Bilbao, refuel at Cork in neutral Ireland, and cross the Atlantic to refuel at a secret base hidden in the rocky coast of Canada manned by Fascist-sympathising Quebecois, whence it might be well within range of Boston Harbour—all in less than the time it takes to travel from London to Constantinople via Orient Express.

Over at the National Post, Matt Gurney says they "must be taken seriously," but it's hard.

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