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Who's Up for a Nuclear Arms Race in the Middle East?

Jordan Candler · Feb. 16, 2016

By signing a lopsided nuclear “deal” with Iran, the Obama administration, in trying to keep nuclear weapons out of the mullahs' hands, has instead busted the cache wide open. Now everyone in the Middle East wants a piece of the pie because nobody believes Iran will actually be contained. And on that count, they’re right. Remember, the nuclear deal is at best only a temporary setback because it grants Iran unsupervised leeway after a decade or so. That in itself is concerning, but making matters worse is the fact there’s no evidence the Iranians have stopped their nefarious missile development. That has Israel on high alert — not just as it pertains to Iran, but other nations as well.

According to remarks by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, “We see signs that countries in the Arab world are preparing to acquire nuclear weapons, that they are not willing to sit quietly with Iran on brink of a nuclear or atomic bomb.” The Telegraph notes that Ya'alon avoided specifics, but Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates make the most sense — the Saudis because their “vast oil wealth could help fund a nuclear programme while its ties with Pakistan, a nuclear power, could provide technical expertise,” and the UAE because it “has oil money and is already building a civilian nuclear power programme.” We should note though that poverty-ridden North Korea has managed to build an estimated 10 bombs — so far. And if Korea can do it, so can most nations with the right networks in place.

With regards to the Iranians, Ya'alon added, “If at a certain stage they feel confident, particularly economically, they are liable to make a break for the bomb.” Which adds to the ridiculousness of the U.S. returning billions of dollars and lifting economic sanctions. Furthermore, The Times of Israel reported over the weekend that Iran “exported its crude shipment to Europe for the first time since it reached a landmark nuclear deal with world powers last month.” With sanctions gone, this is just the beginning of what promises to be a lucrative period financially for Iran. And every dollar added to its coffers will go toward developing missiles to wipe out Western civilization. Other nations are now taking note. The paper tiger has made the world’s nuclear monster a much bigger nemesis.

Addendum: Does anyone still think Iran is taking this deal seriously?

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