Friday, September 19, 2003

Nuclear Proliferation: Saudis consider the bomb: "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."

"Saudi worries about an Iranian programme and to the absence of any international pressure on Israel, which has an estimated 200 nuclear devices."

Israel has never formally admitted it has a nuclear program or ever been subjected to pressure by the US or the international community. This kind of hypocrisy and racist double standards might usually pass unremarked in the West but among Arabs, Muslims and the Third World it should not take much empathy and imagination to perceive they would not be impressed.

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