The Nuclear Jihad

(Kashmir Telegraph-India) B. Raman - Pakistan has been the epicenter of state-sponsored nuclear proliferation since the late 1980s. Having benefited from funds contributed by Libya, Iran, and Saudi Arabia for its clandestine military nuclear project, the Pakistan state had to agree to requests from these countries for helping them in acquiring a similar capability. Even if one were to accept Musharraf's unconvincing arguments that this was a rogue operation by greedy scientists without the knowledge of the military, if greedy scientists were prepared to help other states in return for money, they would be equally capable of selling material and expertise to jihadi terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. It is time now to pay more attention to the dangers of a Talibanization or al-Qaedization of Pakistan's scientific community.

2004-02-09 00:00:00

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