Are the Arab states known for their sophistication?
The Saudis, unlike Syria, Iran and Iraq and pre Sadat Egypt, usually are. They tend to be very careful on just how far they can push things, and usually try to get other people to do the wet work for them. Against Israel they used Egypt. Against Iran they used Iraq. Against Iraq they used the US. Against the US they used Al Quida. But never got their own hands dirty, never provoked any situation that would threaten them unless they knew someone bigger was backing their actions.
The Saudi's plans tend to be ruthless, Machiavellian and above all cowardly. If they were going to go Nuclear they wouldn't let anyone know where the bombs were. And they wouldn't let someone else have the ability to change their minds about letting them use the bombs. As it stands when the emergency comes Pakistan could just as easily say no and not deliver the bombs. Considering the fact that anti-monarcy fanatics like Al Quida hold so much power in Pakistan that is a very real risk. And the Saudis don't take risks.
posted on 12/30/2010 12:06:43 PM PST
(There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
The Saudis appear to be sophisticated diplomatically, not militarily.
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