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|Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 11:55 am Post subject: Six more reasons why Iran should not be allowed to have the
|Six more reasons why Iran should not be allowed to have the bomb: the
new Mid-East Nuclear arms race......do we want more apocaliptic mullahs and
imams with their fingers on the triggers?
The article below demonstrates why those who told us (and some are still
telling us) that we should learn to live with a nuclear Iran are either
dupes, or collaborative with Iran, or can't walk and chew gum at the same
Similarly, those who insist that because he is contemplating military action
against Iran, Bush is a cowboy, leading us in to another useless and
wasteful and counterproductive war, are blinded by their
anti-Bush/anti-Republican ideology to the reality of a nuclear Iran which is
not just threatening Israel and the USA, but is also sparking already a
nuclear arms race in the world's most volatile region.
Six Arab states join rush to go nuclear
UK Times on line
BY RICHARD BEESTON, DIPLOMATIC EDITOR
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE and Saudi Arabia seek atom technology
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
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 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.
“Some Middle East states, including Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Saudi
Arabia, have shown initial interest [in using] nuclear power primarily for
desalination purposes,” Tomihiro Taniguch, the deputy director-general of
the IAEA, told the business weekly Middle East Economic Digest. He said that
they had held preliminary discussions with the governments and that the
IAEA’s technical advisory programme would be offered to them to help with
studies into creating power plants.
Mark Fitzpatrick, an expert on nuclear proliferation at the International
Institute for Strategic Studies, said that it was clear that the sudden
drive for nuclear expertise was to provide the Arabs with a “security
“If Iran was not on the path to a nuclear weapons capability you would
probably not see this sudden rush [in the Arab world],” he said.
The announcement by the six nations is a stunning reversal of policy in the
Arab world, which had until recently been pressing for a nuclear free Middle
East, where only Israel has nuclear weapons.
Egypt and other North African states can argue with some justification that
they need cheap, safe energy for their expanding economies and growing
populations at a time of high oil prices.
The case will be much harder for Saudi Arabia, which sits on the world’s
largest oil reserves. Earlier this year Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Foreign
Minister, told The Times that his country opposed the spread of nuclear
power and weapons in the Arab world.
Since then, however, the Iranians have accelerated their nuclear power and
JUDEA & SAMARIA are clear and unquestionably JEWISH!
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