Riyadh Eyes the Nuke

Contrary to the groupthink so pervasive in the military-industrial complex, there is absolutely zero evidence that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. Even top intelligence officials conceded in their National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.’s) that such claims were false and unsubstantiated.  Unforunately,the lies and propaganda of the military-industrial complex are spreading, much like in the run up to the war in Iraq.

While Saudi Arabia and Iran have been foes ever since the Iranian Revolution, comments from Prince Turki al-Faisal are raising tensions between the regional powerhouses. Buying into the Iran-has-a-bomb line, Faisal said, “We [Saudi Arabia] cannot live in a situation where Iran has nuclear weapons and we don’t. It’s as simple as that. If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, that will be unacceptable to us and we will have to follow suit.”

Curiously enough, some argue that Iran attaining a nuclear bomb would set off an arms race in the Middle East and thus must be stopped from doing so. Such ill informed comments from Prince Faisal only help bolster many of the warmongers’ claims. After all, it is far too apparent that the security interests of any nation are now the concerns of the United States.

Faisal did have two important and noble points, however: the Middle East should be a nuclear weapons free zone (including Israel), and that a military strike against Iran by the United States or Israel would be self-defeating.

19 thoughts on “Riyadh Eyes the Nuke”

    1. Indeed. Very likely all the Saudis had to do to make this a reality was wave an obscenely large bail of cash underneath the noses of just the right people within the Reigning Establishment, along with twin threats to disrupt the flow of oil out of the Gulf and air certain baskets of dirty laundry at the same time should their request for a nuclear bomb not be honored. But given the history of relationships between the House of Saud and key members of the Amerikan Imperium, such was probably not necessary.

  1. We have seen what happens to nations who give up their nuclear bombs, just ask Gaddafy. With the U.S. and Israel threatening Iran constantly Iran would be crazy not to have nuclear weapons.

  2. Right. The most wahabbi and unstable regime, unpenetrable, basically financier of the Taliban [but on our side!] getting nukes.

    I mean, what could go wrong?

    1. Iran hasn't attacked anyone in 200 years while that is all we have done for the last 200 years. In fact we were first and last people to use atomic bombs on civilians. Do you actually, like, read any articles on this site?

  3. Since Saudi Arabia is our ally in the Middle East, we should have no problem at all with them developing nuclear weapons, right?

    Oh, wait- but Israel might have something to say about it, right?

    What a tangled web we weave when we fail to listen to the wisdom of the Founding Fathers- "free trade with all, entangling alliances with none".

  4. The Founding Fathers didn't have to deal with a very rich and powerful ethnic lobby.

  5. Now, what could possibly go wrong with providing the House of Saud with a nuke or 2? These are the people who supposedly financed the hijackers (according to one version of the events…) and currently have a strangle-hold on the flow of oil out of OPEC. As John mentions above, I doubt that Tel Aviv or Jerusalem (whichever you prefer) is going to sit idly by and allow a wahabbi-ist ruling family to represent a nuclear threat on their southern border. And if the saudis get a nuke, how long before the other "threatened" nations in the area justify getting nukes also? And IF the Iranis aren't developing a nuke you can bet they will – as things escalate out of control, such as it is now.

    Really stupid idea.

    p.s. And do you think the Armageddonist, bible-thumping, Israel-first, literalistic Christians are going to allow the Saudis to go nuclear? talk about a freakout moment!!

    1. Actually curmudgeon, "…the Armageddonist, bible-thumping, Israel-first, literalistic Christians…" are a bizarre group. They "support" Israel because their biblical "end times" prophecy requires first the restoration of Israel, and then its destruction. These two prefatory events are then followed by "the Rapture"– you know, the return of Christ, the destruction of all non-believers, and the whisking of all the faithful Christians up to Heaven to spend the rest of eternity basking in light of the one true Christian God (no virgins, though, in this ridiculous fairy tale).

      So I'm thinkin' that these true-believer whack jobs might enthusiastically embrace a nuclear arms race in the ME as sign of the imminence of that devoutly wished reunion with God.

      1. If the "true-believer whack jobs" believe that the timeline is that far advanced then why don't they just "allow" Iran to obtain the nukes that would surely trigger the final battle? There are enough of the true-believers ensconced in the military and upper-level of our government to make that possible. Is it possible they aren't quite convinced of their purported prophesies promises? Is it possible that their Armageddon might actually be some ancient sheepherders over-active imagination? What if the results of a "final battle" in the middle east actually only resulted in massive radioactive dust clouds encircling the earth reducing ALL life by 90% making the earth a living hell instead of heaven? Jeez, talk about a real bum trip.

        I know that if I survived that nightmare I'd hunt down every "true-believer whack job" and I could find and personally give them my most heartfelt thanks for fugging up the world we all live in.

  6. The hypocrites who possess nuclear weapons should take the plank out of their eye, so they can see better the speck of dust they wish to remove from someone else's eye.

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