Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from PakistanBy Mark Urban, BBC news, November 6, 2013
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.
While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.
Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.
Last month Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, told a conference in Sweden that if Iran got the bomb, "the Saudis will not wait one month. They already paid for the bomb, they will go to Pakistan and bring what they need to bring."
Since 2009, when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia warned visiting US special envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross that if Iran crossed the threshold, "we will get nuclear weapons", the kingdom has sent the Americans numerous signals of its intentions.
It really doesn't matter how angry the Saudi's are at the United States, nor how frightened they are of the Iranian threat to develop nuclear weapons; this "order" from Pakistan must never be consummated. The argument for months now has been that Iranian acquisition of and/or production of nuclear power for weapons purposes would unleash a demand for nuclear weapons from other Middle East states, and the existence of nuclear weapons in Israel, while providing that country with a unique power, will in the end prove to be the Swiss cheese hole through which others will argue their right to acquire those weapons. And for Pakistan even to consider such a "deal" to extend the reach of nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia would demonstrate that the U.S. billions poured into that country has only exacerbated the threat of Pakistan, linked in however many and nefarious ways to the radical Islamists, (just as is Saudi Arabia!).
What the world does not need is another significant player in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, an open ally and funding source of AlQaeda for years, from the beginning, to acquire nuclear weapons, and provide the world with the spectre of a nuclear conflict, even one between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Hatred of the United States, by radical Islamic fundamentalists, cannot be used to justify the acquisition of nuclear weapons, and their deployment by the rich and anti-deluvian Saudi's. However, hatred of the U.S. is consistently used as the public argument for the existence of and the activities of the Islamic terrorists, and their influence is already spreading like a noose around the world's neck, as if to say the movement continues to assert it dominance and threat to world security, in a "holy" pursuit of an Islamic caliphate.
If you want something to block your digestion this morning of your breakfast, try to swallow the news that Saudi Arabia, using money acquired from the sale of highly polluting fossil fuels and much of that from the United States, has already "purchased" and paid for a nuclear weapon from Pakistan, and is merely exercising its right to bring that or those weapons to its own soil.
And if that is not enough to explode your attempt to digest your morning meal, then try to imagine a world in which both Iran and Saudi Arabia have the capability and the will to deploy a nuclear weapon, without either of them having become signatories to the Nuclear Arms Non-proliferation Treaty.
It makes one sick, even before breakfast is attempted!