Friday, September 19, 2003

THEY WANT THE RADIOACTIVE STUFF: As is filling the world with Wahabi mosques isn't enough, now the Saudis want that dangerous radioactive stuff too. The Guardian is telling us that the House of Sa'ud is looking into the option of acquiring nuclear weapons.

Saudi Arabia, in response to the current upheaval in the Middle East, has embarked on a strategic review that includes acquiring nuclear weapons, the Guardian has learned.
This new threat of proliferation in one of the most dangerous regions of the world comes on top of a crisis over Iran's alleged nuclear program.

A strategy paper being considered at the highest levels in Riyadh sets out three options:

  • To acquire a nuclear capability as a deterrent;

  • To maintain or enter into an alliance with an existing nuclear power that would offer protection;

  • To try to reach a regional agreement on having a nuclear-free Middle East.
  • The first option worked out for Kim Jung Il, who basically is using nuclear blackmail to achieve his objections and aspirations. To make their point even stronger, they assured us that they're "for real" by promising to test their nuke.

    The second option would make the House of Sa'ud part of the league of which the Pakistanis are already part of. The Saudi's dealings with Pakistan have been strong ever since the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, especially with the oh-so-vicious ISI. In addition, million--if not billions--have helped the financing of madrassahs and radicalization of Pakistan. (There's also the alleged rumor that the ISI and House of Sa'ud had backroom deals.) It's entirely possible that Pakistan may lend a hand in obtaining nuclear weapons.

    The third option is an utterly brilliant diplomatic move. A nuclear-free Middle East would mean that Israel would have to give up its own nuclear arsenal, the likelihood of which is exactly zero. It did happen back in April of this year when Syria introduced a UN Security Council resolution calling for the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, including nukes, in the Middle East. Of course Israel told them to eat shit and die, instead of sending fighter jets over the Bashar Assad's house.

    This is all speculation. I don't think nukes will help Saudi Arabia. In fact, I think they already have a far more powerful weapon. Oil. If the Saudis stop pumping oil, it will be more devastating than, say, a dirty bomb in D.C. Cutting of oil would be suicidal, but so would the use of a nuclear weapon.

    But now, to make you feel good after leaving this blog, close your eyes. Imagine a Saudi Arabia in the throws of an uprising against the monarchy, with nukes pointed at Israel (or scarier, one supplied to al-Qaeda). Feeling good already?


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