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A Nuclear Middle East: How Bad Could It Be? | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

A Nuclear Middle East: How Bad Could It Be?

According to US officials, Saudi Arabia is prepared to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan. In response to the forthcoming easing of sanctions on Iran, the government of Saudi Arabia has become increasingly concerned about that nation’s potential building of nuclear weapons.

Saudi Arabia financially backed Pakistan’s nuclear program since 1974. Although the backing remained secret and Saudi Arabia has overtly championed the cause of keeping the Middle East nuclear-free, a report in The Australian has pulled the covers off of the agreement between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “There has been a longstanding agreement in place with the Pakistanis and the House of Saud has now made the strategic decision to move forward.”

The Pakistani nuclear program was begun over concerns about a similar nuclear program in India. A catastrophic war between the two nations spurred the testing and deployment of these weapons in Pakistan and it has generally been assumed that these weapons were not targeted at countries in, and did not affect, the Middle East. In fact, the only Middle Eastern power who is thought to have nuclear weapons is Israel, although this has never been confirmed by the government of that state.

MissilesIf the Saudi’s purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan, Iran will have even more reasons to continue its nuclear program or it could simply follow the Saudi lead and purchase nuclear weapons. The regime in North Korea has already shown its willingness to sell the Iranians advanced weaponry – such as missiles – and it isn’t a real stretch to see how destabilizing the Middle East would appeal to that country.

There are currently eight (perhaps nine) nations that are part of the nuclear club. The United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France are all signatories of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT). India, Pakistan and North Korea all developed nuclear weapons after the treaty was ratified. Israel may or may not have nuclear weapons and South Africa developed and built six nuclear weapons in the 1980s but dismantled both its program and the weapons in the 1990s.

Once Iran and/or Saudi Arabia deploy nuclear weapons, the NPT is finished. Proliferation and nuclear projection will become part and parcel of regional conflict. The chances that a conflict will escalate to the use of these weapons will become much greater and our security will lessen.

This is the road we are traveling and none of the political players seem willing to turn aside.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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