Israel and Nuclearization of Mideast
-By DR. ABDUL RUFF
[Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst; Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Former university Teacher; website: abdulruff.wordpress.com/write: email@example.com
Encouraged by the USA and Europe, Israel has pushed the Mideast region into nuclear flash-point by its illegal possession of nukes and threatening Iran with terror attacks on that Islamic Iran for becoming or almost reaching a nuclear power. With a hidden agenda for Mideast, the US military industry tripled its global arms sales to Mideast to a record $66 billion in 2011. Half of that went to Saudi Arabia ostensibly to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran. UAE, Britain's largest military company and a key supplier to Saudi Arabia, has a major presence in the unilateral United States.
With heavy arms and nuclear reactors deals with Western terrocracies under way, Mideast is set to go nuclear on a large scale and under the usual garb of electricity generation and the Arab states are also indeed aiming at nukes. Clearly, both Saudi Arabia and UAE drive for nuclear power.
It is however unlikely any of them will fulfill their nuke ambitions in the near future. For now, only the Emirates and Saudi Arabia have the political clout and the financial reserves to achieve nuclear power programs that will transform their economies. They also have the backing of the United States for this strategic geopolitical transition in return for pledges not to militarize their nuclear programs. The United Arab Emirates, one of the top oil exporters, is leading the race to develop nuclear power in the Arab world and has awarded contracts worth $2 billion to provide, convert and enrich uranium.
All these Arab countries along with Israel and US are bitterly opposed to Iran's nuclear drive. Tehran swears it's purely for peaceful purposes but the Islamic Republic's adversaries insist it masks a clandestine effort to develop nuclear weapons. For the Saudis, nuclear power might be becoming increasingly "vital". At present it uses increasing amounts of oil for domestic electricity generation. That means less crude for export, which is backbone of the Saudi economy. Some experts say if the kingdom's current energy consumption growth rate of 7 percent a year continues, it'll be burning some 8 million barrels per day within 20 years. That's about two-thirds of its current production level. The state oil company, Saudi Aramco, puts the figure at 3 million bpd by 2028, but that's still a big problem as the world's leading oil exporter uses up more and more energy at home.
The Saudis' nuclear program, costing $100 billion, is by far the most ambitious, with 16 nuclear reactors planned by 2030, the first scheduled to start producing electricity by 2019. But it's trailing the Emirates, which launched its program in 2009 and plans to build four 1,400-megawatt reactors. The first is scheduled to deliver electricity by 2017, with the other three coming on stream at a rate of one a year until 2020. The uranium fuel contracts were signed by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp. in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Persian Gulf federation and its economic powerhouse, with six companies Aug. 15. They are ConverDyn of the United States, Uranium One of Canada, Urenco and Rio Tinto of Britain, Russia's Tenex and French energy giant Areva, and indicate the Emirates is spreading its supply of nuclear fuel among the world's main suppliers as a hedge against future geopolitical changes. A recent report by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) said the 2011 figure, amounting to nearly 78 percent of all global arms sales constituted an "extraordinary increase" over the 2010 US arms sales total of $21.4 billion. The study is considered the most detailed overview of unclassified global arms deals available to the general public.
Americans and their western allies are making efforts to overcome financial crisis by increasing weapons sales to oil cash rich Mideast. By actively supporting an arrogant Israel, the USA is locked in a Persian Gulf confrontation by heavily increasing its sale of terror goods, including nuclear, to Mideast. European powers like Germany Merkel's seeking to emulate the USA, which sells weapons to both Israel and its Arab adversaries, apparently without qualms. Germany's already heavily involved in arms sale to the Middle East and keen to hustle more business. It's building a second batch of nuclear-capable Dolphin class submarines for Israel that will greatly enhance the Jewish state's strategic reach. At the same time it's negotiating with Saudi Arabia for the sale of hundreds of Leopard 2A7+ main battle tanks potentially worth $12.6 billion.
High oil prices, and burgeoning fears about Iran's growing isolation because of US and European economic sanctions over its nuclear program, are likely to ensure that the Saudis and their five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council -- the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain -- have funds for large-scale military procurement.
Arab states already signed up for most of their most important military requirements, air-defence missile systems, advanced combat aircraft, new warships and armour. The Saudi deals embrace a multitude of weapons systems and advanced military technology, such as command-and-control systems for battlefield management as well as radar and communications systems. So, major arms purchases from the GCC may be few and far between in the next few years. Forecast International, a market intelligence and analysis firm in the United States, observed in February that the GCC, as well as other Arab states, is expected to spend $385 billion on its military and security forces over the next four years. This, in turn, is likely to intensify the competition within and between the U.S. and European military establishments, for Middle Eastern contracts.
It is clear that arms sales have increasingly become a vital element of maintaining economic stability to the United States and other industrialized nations. The military industries in the USA and Europe and to a lesser extent those in Russia and China, have come to rely on terror goods exports to maintain production lines for weapons systems used by their national military forces. They argue that the international arms market is shrinking because of a weaker global economy and major military spending cutbacks by the United States and its European allies. But these cutbacks obviously have a knock-on effect that further undercuts the economies concerned. Europe's combat aircraft industry faces an uncertain future, while the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the combat jet of choice for most air forces, including Israel's. there is no new European-developed manned combat aircraft currently in prospect
Germany is easing its long-held restrictions on arms sales to conflict zones, to sell arms to Arab states, largely out of economic necessity. These include two Type-209 diesel-electric submarines to Egypt and 600-800 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia worth up to $12.6 billion. In July, Turkey signed a $2.5 billion deal with a German consortium for six U-214 submarines. German military contractors are eyeing big arms deals in the Middle East, Africa and India as Berlin moves toward relaxing its long-tight restrictions on arms exports. That marks a major shift in Berlin's foreign policy and underlines how military exports have assumed a new importance for the industrial powers amid shrinking military budgets. Indonesia said it's interested in buying 100 Leopards. The Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, one of the world's leading natural gas exporters which is increasingly engaged in foreign affairs, including backing rebels in Libya and Syria, has also expressed interest. Qatar is eyeing the acquisition of 200 Leopards, a deal worth $2.5 billion. Angola, an authoritarian, military-run state in West Africa that's challenging Nigeria as the continent's top oil producer, is talking of buying German-made patrol boats to protect its oilfields in the Atlantic.
The increasing potential arms sale is widely seen as the next test case for Merkel's new arms-export policy. Germany has simply ignored the human rights issue in these considerations. Despite opposition from Germany's allies in NATO, such as Britain, France and Italy, all major arms exporting states, Merkel's pressing ahead with her plan to make "arms exports to crisis regions -- which has long been a taboo in Germany -- a major pillar of the country's security policy. The Germans, still haunted by the World War II “holocaust”, have long made Israel an exception to their arms export restrictions and have covered most of the cost of three Dolphin subs delivered to Israel and three advanced variants in various stages of construction. The Dolphins are built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft in Kiel, a subsidiary of the giant ThyssenKrupp conglomerate. ENEC, the state nuclear agency in UAE, signed a $20 billion contract to build the first reactor to a consortium led by a South Korean enterprise, Korea Electric Power Corp., which beat out more seasoned nuclear power producers in the United States, France and Japan. The US Import-Export Bank authorized a $2 billion direct loan to the Emirates' Barakah One Co. to purchase US equipment and construction services to build the initial Emirates' reactor, which will be the first nuclear power plant built on the Arabian Peninsula. The reactors will all be built along the sparsely populated Barakah region of the gulf coast about 140 miles from Abu Dhabi near the Saudi border. Between them they will produce 5,600 megawatts gross electricity. By comparison, Saudi Arabia's 20 reactors should produce 41GW within 20 years, with geothermal and waste-to-energy systems providing another 4GW. At present, the kingdom's electricity output is 52GW generation by 79 power stations.
Mideast nuke ambitions have limitations. Qatar is too small to house a nuclear reactor. Kuwait has the cash, but has been through eight governments in the past six years ... Bahrain continues to face destabilizing protests by its majority Shiite population and its budget is already in deficit. Jordan's nuclear plans have been scuppered by a vote in Parliament" as "too hazardous and costly ... Elections in Egypt have not brought political stability. Nor is there any immediate hope of transforming the state's perilous-looking finances." Along with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, other Arab states such as Kuwait, Qatar, Egypt and Jordan have said they will pursue nuclear programs aimed at boosting electricity production to meet a steadily growing demand caused by swelling populations and industrialization.
America still prefers to be a dictatorial rogue state targeting energy rich Muslims nations while the NATO terrorists continue to kill Muslims, eating the corpses and drinking their blood profusely. The only country the US-Israel duo opposes and objects to its nuclear program is Iran.
More and more nations joining the nuke club is serious threat to humanity and the trend has devastating consequences. By not signing the legally binding NPT agreement countries like India and Pakistan pursue nuke programs. Americans indirectly allow that by getting them do the CIA's dirty job. Humanity continues to tremble.
Instead of disarm and denuclearize Israel, USA and EU states are now arming Arab nations by taking away their scarce resources. Euphoria and tensions being generated by the West and Israel about "Iranian nukes" have forced Arab nations also to embrace nuclear methods, threatening global security and human survival. By selling terror goods to rich Arabs, the Western terrocracies an nuclear powers are strengthening their economies and military establishments. Uncertainty is further hardened.
Weaponization of and nuclearization of Mideast might now look a good balanced move but could pose permanent threat to the region and world. Unless Israelis disarmed, the real danger to humanity persists.
د. عبد راف
Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Fake democracies like USA and India have zero-tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices. Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism" Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies.