The Mideast Missile Race

(Wall Street Journal) Editorial - Saudi Arabia's rulers capped a large military exercise on Tuesday by publicly parading their DF-3 ballistic missiles for the first time. Parading them at all is a signal that the Kingdom can strike an adversary far outside its borders. Tehran is 800 miles from Riyadh. Jane's reports that the Saudis have between 30 and 120 such missiles. The missile display is one more sign of the Middle East arms race that is already well underway. As the U.S. retreats from the region, and Iran advances to the edge of acquiring a nuclear weapon, the Saudis no longer trust U.S. security guarantees. A world of proliferating ballistic missiles and nuclear powers will become America's problem soon enough.

2014-05-02 00:00:00

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