Thursday, April 3, 2008

Iraq to Get Nuclear Weapons?

A report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee implied nuclear weapons could proliferate in the Middle East in the next decade. Saudi Arabia would develop them in response to Iran and Turkey would do so to balance power with a nuclear Iraq.

Whoa! Isn't that the reason we invaded Iraq to begin with, to prevent the development of nuclear weapons? How and why would America's best democratic Arab ally pursue nuclear power, much less weaponization?

Here's an odd twist. While those Turkish and Iraqi democracies develop nuclear weapons to balance power, Egypt has no interest in such weapons. If power balance were the reason for proliferation, Egypt and Lebanon would be the first in line to counter their nuclear neighbor, Israel. Of course our 51st state got a free pass in the report, despite Israeli P.M. Olmert's slip up last year.

The report concluded "demands for nuclear energy and for matching Iran's nuclear progress virtually guarantees that three or four Middle Eastern countries will generate nuclear power by 2025.

The spread of nuclear weapons in the Middle East could reduce regional security and endanger US interests, the report said.

I'll add one more. Therefor America must stay active in the region. The U.S. military must pave the way for U.S. corporations. It's the wild, wild Middle East and there's money to be made!