I agree. The nuclear black market is so dangerous it is not even funny.
But I was absolutely struck by what the Libyans were able to buy. Whats on the market is absolutely horrendous. Its a Mafia-type business, with corruption and secrecy.
I.A.E.A. inspectors, to their dismay, even found in Libya precise blueprints for the design and construction of a half-ton nuclear weapon. Its a sweet little bomb, put together by engineers who know how to assemble a weapon, an official in Vienna told me. No question itll work. Just dig a hole and test it. Its too big and too heavy for a Scud, but itll go into a family car. Its a terrorists dream.
So what happens when one of these car bombs goes off in Israel? How will the world react to that?
This is a question of survival, the diplomat said, with a caustic smile. He added, Iraq is laughable in comparison with this issue. The Bush Administration was hunting the shadows instead of the prey.
Another nonproliferation official depicted the challenge facing the I.A.E.A. inspection regime as a seismic shiftthe globalization of the nuclear world. The official said, We have to move from inspecting declared sites to Where does this shit come from?
I think it is really strange that we have spent so much time in Iraq for the reasons of "WMD" as said by Bush while in the rest of the world WMD has been spreading so fast it is cause for real concern.
At this point, the international official asked me, in all seriousness, Why hasnt A. Q. Khan been taken out by Israel or the United States?
Robert Gallucci, a former United Nations weapons inspector who is now dean of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, calls A. Q. Khan the Johnny Appleseed of the nuclear-arms race. Gallucci, who is a consultant to the C.I.A. on proliferation issues, told me, Bad as it is with Iran, North Korea, and Libya having nuclear-weapons material, the worst part is that they could transfer it to a non-state group. Thats the biggest concern, and the scariest thing about all thisthat Pakistan could work with the worst terrorist groups on earth to build nuclear weapons. Theres nothing more important than stopping terrorist groups from getting nuclear weapons. The most dangerous country for the United States now is Pakistan, and second is Iran. Gallucci went on, We havent been this vulnerable since the British burned Washington in 1814.
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