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Saudi Arabia goes nuclear

By Michael Freund
4/19/2010, 12:00 AM


I don't know about you, but the thought of the Wahabi regime in Saudi Arabia going nuclear just does not make it any easier for me to sleep at night.
One of the consequences of the Obama administration's sloppy handling of Iran's atomic ambitions has been to set the stage for a region-wide race to develop nuclear technology.

By allowing Tehran to proceed apace with its rush to the nuclear threshold, Washington has unwittingly created the conditions for a future nuclear arms race that will destabilize the entire Middle East.

Gulf Arab states, which traditionally view Iran with suspicion, are naturally terrified at the prospect of the Ayatollahs having their finger on the button, so an increasing number have now begun to plunge down the path toward nuclear know-how.

The latest to do so is Saudi Arabia, which despite being the largest supplier of petroleum oil in the world, announced this week that it will be opening a nuclear research center in Riyadh.

As the Financial Times notes, the Saudis now join a growing list of Arab countries - which includes Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates - that is looking to develop nuclear energy, ostensibly for peaceful purposes.

I don't know about you, but the thought of the Wahabi regime in Saudi Arabia going nuclear just does not make it any easier for me to sleep at night.

It may of course already be too late to prevent this trend from spreading. But in either event, it is time that Washington realize the damage it is doing to its own interests by allowing Iran to continue with its mad dash to build nuclear weapons. The sooner the Tyrant of Tehran is stopped, the safer all of us will be.