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NEWS: Arab Nuclear Ambitions Spurred by Israel

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posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 06:24 AM
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When asked why Arabs would want nuclear weapons, the most common answer given is: Israel. Recent revelations about Egypt and its potential nuclear experiments have raised new levels of concern. However experts caution that to simply blame Israel is oversimplifying the problem. In Egypt's case, India's program may have also played a part in spurring it on.
 



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CAIRO, Egypt - Questions about why Arabs would want nuclear weapons are usually answered with one word: Israel.

But the latest allegations about Arab nuclear ambitions — involving Egypt — are a reminder of the inadequacies of simple answers in an uncertain and unstable part of the world.

If Egypt were pursuing nuclear weapons, which it denies, it may have been driven by fear of Iran as much as of Israel, by geopolitical concerns or by events in places as far away as India.

Diplomats in Vienna, Austria, where the International Atomic Energy Agency is based, told The Associated Press last week that the agency had found evidence of secret Egyptian nuclear experiments that could be part of a weapons program. The diplomats said most of the work appears to have been done in the 1980s and 1990s, but that the U.N. nuclear watchdog also was looking at evidence suggesting some work was performed as recently as a year ago.


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Egypt according to the IAEA may have conducted experiments as late as last year. Countries are seeing this as a way to protect territorial integrity and to get greater respect. We are now seeing the effects of a decades long ambivalence towards North Korea. Because of the kids glove approach with Kim, other nations see that having nuclear weapons gives you instant leverage in just about anything. Add to that out double standard regarding Israel’s nuclear program. If countries like Egypt have been looking at it, you can bet almost every one has been.




posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 07:08 AM
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If Israel didn't have nuclear weapons, they would have been
destroyed by Arabs years ago. Their nuclear weapons are the
only thing keeping that country alive.

For Arab countries to point their finger at Israel and say they
want nuclear weapons because Israel has them, is dumb.
The reason Israel has them is because the Arabs have the
'kill all Jews and infidels' mentality.

The Arab countries will use any excuse to build nukes.
Using Israel as an excuse is weak at best. If Israel wasn't
there, they'd find some other excuse.



posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 05:19 PM
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If I was a citizen of any other country than the United States I'd want nuclear Weapons. Forget about Isreal being the trigger for this lust, if you don't have nukes today, youare nothing in the eyes of the powerful. Iran, Egypt, Brazil will have them in the next couple years and many more countries will be working towards that goal. It's ludacrus for us to say a country is not stable enough to be allowed to have them when we are the only ones to have ever gone live with them, and we did it twice.



posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 05:28 PM
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Originally posted by kazi
It's ludacrus for us to say a country is not stable enough to be allowed to have them when we are the only ones to have ever gone live with them, and we did it twice.


See it wasnt just "us" that said these countries shouldnt have them it was pretty much the whole world during the signing of the NPT. America didnt go around telling people who could have nukes. It was decided that only five countries should have them by all member nations.

Many more countries have the tech to make them if they wanted but dont countries like Canada for example.



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