Times Online reported The spectre of a nuclear race in the Middle East was raised yesterday when six Arab states announced that they were embarking on programmes to master atomic technology.
The move, which follows the failure by the West to curb Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, could see a rapid spread of nuclear reactors in one of the world’s most unstable regions, stretching from the Gulf to the Levant and into North Africa.
The countries involved were named by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia. Tunisia and the UAE have also shown interest.
All six are predominately Sunni Muslim. We don't know whether Armageddon will initally start with a Sunni on Shia battle, or whether one will attack Israel, or whether one will attack a Western Country, but we know the result, and it is documented in the Book of RevelationsAll want to build civilian nuclear energy programmes, as they are permitted to under international law. But the sudden rush to nuclear power has raised suspicions that the real intention is to acquire nuclear technology which could be used for the first Arab atomic bomb.
Brian blogged This is a serious matter, and if we allow Iran to proceed, we could see the entire region go nuclear just for the deterrent. But as we’ve seen in the past, these people aren’t very reasonable, and they certainly don’t fear death and destruction. They very well might welcome a nuclear holocaust. The anti-war crowd may be against any action, but it’s rapidly approaching the point where we may have no choice but to take military action here. Now, I’m not a war hawk or anything of the kind (I lost a cousin in Iraq, so I know full well the cost of war), but I’m certainly pro-national security/defense. If protecting this country means going to war, then so be it.
Blue Crab blogged While our incredibly foolish internal politics, increasingly driven by an increasingly unhinged left focuses on sideshows and the carnival barkers touting the distractions fumble toward election day, the rest of the world watches and realizes we are in disarray. So they decide to go and get nuclear weapons.
Omri blogged But at least the Democratic party is committed to restoring our image with those people. So that they'll like us a little more when they sell their nuke technology, their enriched uranium, and their scientific knowledge to people who are literally - literally – the enemies of Western civilization.
Kim Priestap blogged As Allahpundit from Hot Air reminded us yesterday, Operation: Merlin which took place under Clinton's watch, actually gave Iran nuclear technology
Ahem blogged Yeah, that’s what we need: a world of Islamists with nuclear knowhow.
Debbie blogged Sometimes it’s hard keeping up with the neighbors, they get a new car so you want a new car. In the Arab neighborhood it’s no different. The Ahmadinejads are working on getting a nuke, and everybody else just has to get one too. Now six Arab states join the rush to go nuclear. A nuke — the ‘must have’ this season.
Pastorius blogged We must put a stop to Iran's nuclear ambitions. The only way to do this is to hit them militarily. Negotiations and sanctions will not work. Sanctions did not work in Iraq, and negotiations have not worked in North Korea, and neither of these strategies will work in Iran.
Honestly, we must also attack North Korea. We need to settle all accounts. We can not allow the world to go down this road to chaos - [slouching to Bethlehem... ed]. The Republicans have the will to do something about this problem, and the Democrats don't. Vote Republican. The future of the world depends on it.
Marc Schulman blogged Some events are eminently predictable. One of them was that, if not stopped in its tracks, the Iranian effort to join the Nuclear Club—and, thereby, to increase its regional influence—would prompt an in-kind response from the Arab world. Proliferation fuels proliferation.
A year or so ago—I can't recall exactly when—I argued that Saudi Arabia and Egypt would feel compelled to respond to Tehran's nuclear program, resulting in a Middle East in which Sunni and Shi'a states would both be armed with the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. The current sectarian violence in Iraq is suggestive how dangerous this would be.