Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, and the UAE. Almost the entire Sunni Arab world, all of them now interested in nuclear “power,” all of them likely to get their fix from the same Russian and Pakistani dealers that Iran’s buying from, all to deter the erratic hardline Revolutionary Guard nuclear power complex in ascendance in Tehran under Ahmadinejad, all because the UN can’t or won’t do anything to stop the mullahs beyond wrist-slap sanctions dictated by China and that Russian dealer. Money:
“We will develop [our nuclear energy program] openly,” Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, said of the council’s effort. “We want no bombs. All we want is a whole Middle East that is free from weapons of mass destruction,” an Arab reference to both Israel’s and Iran’s nuclear programs.
Deterrence through peaceful nuclear “energy.” Try parsing that logic.
Follow the link to see how long Iran’s been working on their nuclear program and the Iranian military’s unexplained involvement in it. It’s not news but it always bears reminding. The left will, as they must, try to blame the proliferation on Bush’s invasion of Iraq, but the timeline simply doesn’t bear them out.