The West supports the GCC’s nuclear ambitions (because clearly these energy poor nations need nuclear energy…)

Marc Lynch has a brief point which higlights the enthusiatic Western support for the nuclear ambitions of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Said Abu Aardvark:

Yesterday the UAE announced that it would begin exploring the prospects for a civilian nuclear program, after signing a deal with French President Sarkozy on nuclear cooperation in January. Today, the United States announced an agreement with Bahrain to support a civilian nuclear program. Qatar has been talking up nuclear power for years, and the GCC collectively has been talking of late of the need for a joint nuclear energy agenda. This all makes great sense. These large, energy-poor countries clearly need nuclear energy programs to meet the power needs of their vast populations and energy-dependent manufacturing economies. Where else could they find reliable supplies of energy? And from a security perspective, there really doesn’t seem to be any better place to locate nuclear power plants than in small, weak states in the Persian Gulf, where would-be nuclear terrorists would have no chance of getting close and the plants themselves couldn’t possibly become military targets.

Of course, what Gulf watchers really want to know is whether Dubai’s peaceful nuclear energy program will be taller, shinier and more expensive than Qatar’s.

Iran is involved in this calculation by France and the United States, no doubt.


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