posted on Mar, 4 2004 @ 09:58 PM
Pakistan has recently committed to selling Nuclear Technology to Nigeria. This is a slap in the face to the U.S. Government and its policy of
non-proliferation of nuclear secrets.
"Speaking at the opening of the discussions, the Pakistani chairman of joint chiefs of staff ... said that his country is working out the dynamics of
how they can assist Nigeria's armed forces to strengthen its military capability and to acquire nuclear power," the Nigerian press release said.
Neither the Pakistani nor the Nigerian governments clarified what Gen Khan had in mind.
Pakistan is an ally whose contribution to the war on terror has come at great cost to U.S. foreign policy. While their cooperation is essential to
the stability and feasibility of the operations in Afghanistan they have proven to be a treacherous ally. At some point in their cooperation in
Afghanistan will not be worth the political capital it is taking to maintain that relationship. If Pakistan follows through with its plans to share
military and possibly nuclear secrets with Nigeria it could prove catastrophic for Africa. Whatever progress has been made with Libya will be lost in
a new and devastating arms race in Africa. We would effectively be trading stability in Afghanistan for chaos in Africa. That is a poor trade by any
measure. Pakistan must be severely warned not to pursue this tract any further or risk U.S. and possibly U.N. (impotent as they are) sanctions. To
fail to take a hard line in the face of this rebellion will leave the world a much more dangerous place.
[Edited on 4-3-2004 by Banshee]