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Saudi Arabia Hints at Acquiring Nuclear Weapons
The recent Saudi rejection and refusal to become of the United Nations security council that determines international responses is more than a tantrum. No country has refused such an invite and when Saudi Arabia, they were blunt about how the U.N. is pathetic in responding to world crisis time and time again. It is a very political organization about what issues are dealt with and the low quality forces used to implement them.
How true. The past 25 years has shown that the U.N. has been marked with ineffectiveness. But, the only way to change that is to be a member of the Security Council, the one Saudi Arabia refused, even though in the past, they eagerly sought it.
The SA refusal is about Syria. Saudis have been supplying arms to the rebel forces and were fully prepared to intervene militarily with the US when Obama indicated there might be a missile strike. When Obama found a last minute way out, the Saudis were furious and felt they no longer can rely on America for their own interests in the region. Saudi Prince Turki said, ”The current charade of international control over Bashar's chemical arsenal would be funny if it were not so blatantly perfidious. And designed not only to give Mr. Obama an opportunity to back down (from military strikes), but also to help Assad to butcher his people."
Prince Turki is correct. As the search and gathering of some chemical weapons continues in Syria, so does the war that Assad is waging. He is still moving his Scuds and chemicals out of depots claiming they are in danger of rebel forces, yet, accounting for where they actually end up is problematic. Does the UN know if Assad is gathering them so UN inspectors can get to them or is he allowing some to go into undisclosed sites for future use or are they secretly being moved into Lebanon? Israel is watching along the border regions.
The warming up to Iran is even more irritating to the Saudis. Both are from different tribes and both despise the other stemming from deep mistrust. The Saudis are concerned that any deal with Iran is misguided and a ruse for Iran to get the nuclear bomb. This would enhance Western fears about the potential for an arms race in the Middle East. Israel does have 100+ of them and if Iran even gets a few, the Saudis said they would be compelled to obtain them to equalize their security.
Most of the countries in this area are distancing themselves from relying on US military force for their protection, especially now in light of Syria turnabout and Iran negotiations. The United Arab Emirates is close to finishing a pipeline that would carry oil directly to Indian Ocean shipping lanes, bypassing the choke point at the Strait of Hormuz, which Iran could close. There have been discussions among the nations there to create a joint military force to oppose Iranian threats.
The Saudis could acquire them if they are determined to do so. They have money, although, billions of their money is invested in U.S. Treasury bonds. One could see Russia stepping in, hoping to replace American influence. Although, not really trusted, the Saudis might be compelled if Russia offered nuclear weapon technology. They sell almost everything. China or North Korea might also, although it is more unlikely. Both the British and France could also. Pakistan could become a seller also, since the Saudis funded some of their nuclear program in the 1980's. Then, there is Israel. Already, there is talk about forming some alliance with Arab nations in the Gulf, which shows how things change. Adversity creates strange bedfellows.
The Saudis have harsh words directed towards Obama on Syria and Iran. They have always been America's ally for over 30 years and they possess a lot of modern US military hardware that could be used if the Saudis feel threatened. They feel more threats from Iran, which has already sabotaged some pipelines.
So, if a deal is reached with Iran, only America and Iran will be happy about it, as most others in that region simply have to much distrust for Iran and those players will counter it.