One thing in the news the last several days I have been paying close attention to is the deployment of 6 PATRIOT missile Batteries (36 launchers) to Turkey Of those, 2 will come from the US, 2 from Germany and 2 from the Netherlands. However, not everybody is taking this in stride. Today I found the following "alarming" report from Iran: UPDATE 2-Patriot missiles in Turkey threaten world war -Iran army chief | Reuters Now this I find pretty disturbing, because the PATRIOT is purely a defensive system. It can't be used against people, tanks, buildings, or areas of land. It's only use is shooting down missiles and aircraft. So how exactly would this usher in another "world war"? Unless Turkey is being attacked, these are of absolutely no threat at all. It is like claiming that a new form of body armor or aircraft RADAR would usher in a war. How the Patriot deployment to Turkey will work CNN Security Clearance - CNN.com Blogs Personally, I am going to be following this very closely. Odds are, I am going to know quite a few people that are sent there. And like often, I just wish Iran would ****, instead of trying to escalate problems.