Skip to comments.Why is impoverished Egypt seeking a nuclear program?
Posted on 04/25/2013 8:57:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Why is Morsi committing to an investment of billions of dollars when it is embroiled in economic crisis that is fueling unrest in an already explosive political environment?
Earlier this week, Egypt announced that it is seeking Russian assistance to revive its nuclear program.
Why is the government of Mohamed Morsi committing itself to an investment of billions of dollars when it is embroiled in economic crisis that is fueling unrest in an already explosive political environment? It seems to be a move by the Muslim Brotherhood-led government to solidify the countrys position as a regional power, as well as a way to improve relations with Moscow since Cairo has been facing difficulties in getting aid from the International Monetary Fund.
The move could also be seen as a play to increase Cairos leverage with the West so that it receives the aid it desires without having to make too many concessions in return.
Then-Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak revived the dormant program in 1996 and planned to start a bidding process, but was removed from power in 2011. Mubarak might have seen the nuclear program in a similar light as does the Brotherhood leaders today a way to gain regional and international influence.
Zvi Mazel, a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a former ambassador to Egypt and a Jerusalem Post contributor, told the Post that when Egypt first formed a nuclear research team back in 1961, the country was full of Soviet scientists.
Mubarak at the beginning didnt want a program, he said, noting that its 2006 launch came quite late in Mubaraks presidency, mainly because, by that time, Irans program was at an advanced stage.
To build a reactor of the value of $4 billion is a political issue, said Mazel, adding that for America it is seen as a kind of offense to cooperate with Moscow on nuclear energy, since Cairo receives so much aid from the US.
Egypt is the most important Sunni country, explained Mazel, and under the current circumstances when almost every country in the region is seeking a nuclear program Egypt must have one too.
The difference between Mubaraks and Morsis nuclear ambitions is that Egypt today is in much worse shape than it was a few years ago.
The Islamist nature of the current leadership, he added, raises even more worries.
The Muslim Brotherhood, an anti- Western and anti-Semitic organization with global ambitions, does not mix well with a nuclear program, which would be viewed as a major threat by Israel and the West.
In a report by Ibrahim Said last year titled, The bomb and the beard: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhoods views toward weapons of mass destruction, Said quotes Hamdi Hassan, spokesman of the Brotherhoods parliamentary caucus, who said in 2006, We [Egyptians] are ready to starve in order to own a nuclear weapon that will represent a real deterrent and will be decisive in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
He goes on to quote the vice-spiritual guide of the Brotherhood in Egypt, Mohammed Habib, who stated in 2006, I do not see any problem with Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon... according to nuclear deterrence theory, even if Iran has a nuclear weapon, it will be used to face the Israeli nuclear arsenal. And, this will create a form of balance between the two parties: the Arab-Islamic party on one hand and the Israeli party on the other.
Egypts desire for a nuclear program could also be seen as part of the greater Sunni reaction to Irans program and what they fear will be a Shia nuclear bomb, which will cast a shadow over the entire region. Irans program has already triggered a number of civilian nuclear programs in other Sunni Arab countries.
A 2008 report by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies said that there were at least 13 states in the Middle East that recently announced or revived plans to develop civilian nuclear programs. The list includes Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Turkey.
The nightmare scenario of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East as a result of Irans nuclear program is moving one step closer.
Besides weapons, a new source of graft.
Does this question really need to be asked? This is all planned.
I'm not sure how going to Russia and saying, "Good news! I'm going to let you give me billions of dollars that I'll never pay back to fund my nuclear program!" is going to improve relations.
As long as it is done under IAEA and international safeguards and inspections, having nuclear energy is a gigantic saving of money, along with providing much cheaper energy.
Truth to tell, if I was in Morsi’s shoes, I would shoot myself.
But if that was not an option, I would definitely go for nuclear power, making it abundantly clear to everyone that it was wide open to inspection. I would even make a deal with the Russians for nuclear fuel, in exchange for which I would gladly give them the old fuel (with a small amount of plutonium byproduct in it), which they would take to insure it stayed out of other hands.
Once you have the nuclear power, all the money spent on oil for the national electrical grid can instead be used for other purposes, which is another huge boon to the economy.
And then, with enough energy, he should kickstart Egypt’s chemical industry to make fertilizer and (internationally inspected) pesticides and herbicides (since pesticides are often a lot like military chemical weapons).
Then a huge, national agribusiness and water project, so that when the Nile has its annual flood, enormous tracts of land will be covered with water and then crops.
And this would provide a huge number of agricultural jobs as well as food for Egypt’s 80 million people.
For the same reason that any other dictator seeks weapons of mass destruction. To turn the public’s attention away from internal failures. They get a bomb and run around threatening Israel and the US and they hope that the population is so whipped up about it that they forget what a God-forsaken Hellhole they live in.
That POA has worked fairly well for the NKS.
It has kept the general population in basically starvation while enriching the ruling jerks and military brass.
Obama, Morsi’s best benefactor, is making sure the brutal Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship has whatever military means to trigger war against Israel, and join the other Islamist fanatics in their ‘jihad’ against the West.
Watch for the mushroom cloud over Cairo.
Egypt tried the bargaining krap some decades ago when they wanted the Aswan dam built. We deferred and let the Russians build it. I doubt if the Russians are up for subsidizing another Egyptian-no-pay-back project. And besides that there’s gonna be another mess to clean up when the Aswan water table reaches the ground under the pyramids.
The Russkis failed miserably at the Aswan Project. We, us, Americans, finished the damn thing.
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Because impoverished Iran has one. I don't blame them for this.
Because pussycat Obama is letting Iran have them.
let me guess; the Saudis won’t “spread the wealth” and give them a discount on oil???
I thought the spirit of all the Arab states was “One for all - All for one”.