Just in case Congress, Standard and Poors, the markets and Michele Bachmann aren’t keeping your internal anguish meter at maximum reading today, I offer you a truly frightening prospect: Iran gets the Bomb — and Saudi Arabia gets one, too. It is, unfortunately, a very likely prospect. Pervez Hoodbhoy, probably the best known physicist in Pakistan, explains why in a fascinating piece “What Next: A Sunni bomb?” It’s a scary tale that, like so many emanating nowadays from the Middle East, revolves around the Sunni-Shia division in the Muslim world and the days of Charlie Wilson’s war to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. The bottom line: Shia-led Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia are vying for leadership of the Middle East. If Iran gets the bomb (which it almost certainly will), Saudi Arabia will almost certainly follow — with technical help from Sunni-led Pakistan, an exceeding close Saudi ally ever since the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan worked together to fund al Qaeda’s efforts against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Sweet dreams.
Coming soon: A Sunni bomb.
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