A Middle East Arms Race

[Wall Street Journal] Editorial - When Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's president-for-life, warned last week that "the Persians are trying to devour the Arab states," it's worth paying attention. States like Egypt and Saudi Arabia calculate that the U.S. lacks the will to prevent a nuclear Iran. Little wonder, then, that the Arab states are taking a keen interest in acquiring nuclear capabilities of their own. The threat of Iran's nuclear programs lies not only in whether it will acquire a bomb. It's also a question of how Iran's neighbors will react. A Middle East in which Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt have the bomb is possible within a decade. This is a recipe for global instability, if not catastrophe, and a reminder of why no one should be complacent at the looming prospect of an Iranian bomb.

2008-12-22 06:00:00

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