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Pakistani Scientists' Contribution to Nuclear Terror

Tuesday, 26 April 2005 12:00 AM

He was clearly ahead of his time and gave a new definition to the long gloomy view of history. Sample: "At the international level, terrorism will rule, and in this scenario use of weapons of mass destruction [WMD] cannot be ruled out. By 2002, millions may die through WMD, hunger, disease, street violence, terrorist attacks and suicides."

Mahmood also made clear that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal was the property of the whole Ummah (the global Muslim community). His public pronouncements piqued U.S. ire and Washington asked for his removal.

If anyone still believes the radioactive pair traveled to Afghanistan for an "ag" project, there is a bridge for sale – over the Hindu Kush. Of course al-Qaida has a dirty bomb capability.

The terrorist attacks in America on September 11, 2001, also proved Osama's Terror Inc. thinks big. What, in bin Laden's terrorist vision, could achieve what he publicly avows seeking – the same fate for America in Iraq as the Soviets' in Afghanistan? Rendering downtown Washington or the Pentagon and the Green Zone in Baghdad radioactive and uninhabitable with dirty bombs is plausible and realistic.

The news from one of Pakistan's neighbors was not reassuring. Iran, whose nuclear weapons efforts were boosted by A.Q. Khan's expensive ministrations over the last 18 years, will have a new president next July – who could well be former President Hashemi Rafsanjani. Some Iranian experts in America see him as the kind of moderate "we can do business with." Perhaps the Ayatollah Rajsanjani's latest pronouncement meets the criterion of "radical moderate":

"The teachings of Jesus do not exist in the Christian world today. Those who ignore the crimes America commits all over the world cannot serve as popes. It's true they opposed the war on Iraq, but then ignored what America does all over the world in the name of the war on terrorism, the way in which it plunders the resources of peoples in needy and backward countries, its aggression in international organizations, which belong to all of the world's peoples, and the inflammatory propaganda it uses to undermine other countries – all of these certainly contradict the teachings of Jesus."

Israel's Ariel Sharon told President Bush on his last visit that he was concerned the expected 2006 U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would increase regional tensions that could lead to another Middle East war. Israeli intelligence sees Iran either leading or playing a major role in any future war against the Jewish state. The Israeli assessment is that, emboldened by nuclear weapons and medium-range missiles and U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, Iran may be tempted to lead its own coalition of the willing.

For the second time in five months, the authoritative Defense News reported, the Iran-backed Hezbollah militia operating an Iranian-made, pilotless UAV penetrated Israel's vaunted air defenses and flew unmolested on April 11 over western Galilee cities and settlements and returned safely to south Lebanon.

Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz called the breach "a very grave incident." Configured as a bioweapons dispenser, the Hezbollah drone could have killed thousands of Israelis.

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