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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Sep 2020 4:13 p.m. PST

"A future with multiple states in the Middle East pointing nukes at one another seems more likely than ever before, but the Israel-UAE deal illuminates a solution. With Saudi Arabia secretly pursuing nuclear technology and Turkey and Egypt pursuing nuclear programs as well, Washington should ponder why states loaded with American weaponry are going nuclear anyway. The short answer is, they think America will, or already has, abandoned the region and chaos will ensue. To prove otherwise, America should organize a new Middle East coalition that provides more security and prosperity to its participants than a nuclear bomb or reactor ever could.

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman (MBS) wants the bomb, and for reasons beyond Iran with the bomb. He and his father, King Salman, remember that the U.S. abandoned Egypt's dictator Hosni Mubarak to support democracy protestors. MBS hears vigorous debates in Washington about banning conventional arms sales to Saudi Arabia for his human rights violations. The Saudis know Americans want out of the Middle East just as Russia, China, Turkey, and Iran pursue greater involvement. They wonder whether a close relationship with China and a nuclear arsenal makes more sense than placing their eggs in Washington's basket…"
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Rudysnelson01 Oct 2020 1:05 p.m. PST

The Arabs have tried an Arab League before without other minorities. It did not last.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa11 Oct 2020 3:45 a.m. PST

Now Saudi with The Bomb does scare the pants off me – not because they're daft enough to use it but because the House of Saud is pretty much enemy number one of every extreme Salafist group out there. Saudi is essentially a feudal-tribal society of uncertain cohesive strength held together by the authoritarian grip of the ruling family. A family who have simultaneously been feeding its population and the rest of the Sunni world with the very religious rhetoric that modern extreme Salafism grew from… And at least publicly has expressed considerable denial historically of the country having any kind of extremist problem – remember all those bomb attacks against foreign workers that was apparently to do with an alcohol smuggling turf war? If the House of Saud falls I'd say there is a serious chance of the country falling under the grip of the kind of Salafist 'true believers' who would absolutely use nuclear fire to burn the unbelievers with a very much 'the end result is as God will's it' kind of attitude.

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