Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

The Taliban Must Be Stopped from Acquiring Pakistani Nuclear Weapons

May 2009

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) insists that the United States, as the largest donor of foreign aid to Pakistan, demand that no nuclear weapons be allowed to fall into the hands of the Taliban or be sold to any rogue nation as has already been done with Pakistani nuclear research.

Unfortunately, with the Taliban advancing to within 60 miles of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, this threat is no longer theoretical.

As Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a Pakistani religious leader said in a speech to Parliament last week, "If the Taliban continue to move at this pace, they will soon be knocking at the doors of Islamabad."

The JWV is especially concerned that, although Pakistan received $12 billion dollars in American aid over the last seven years, it failed to purchase equipment to protect the country from this terrorist Taliban scourge. Instead, the country concentrated its focus and resources against India, while ignoring this threat coming from the north over its border.

As the New York Times asked in an editorial, "if the [Pakistani] army cannot or will not defend its own territory against the militants, how can anyone be sure it will protect Pakistan's 60 or so nuclear weapons?"

Congress, which is currently considering increasing aid to Pakistan, must insist that Pakistani military spending be focused on fighting the Taliban and ensuring the safety of that country's nuclear arsenal.

For all intents and purposes, the United States has been fighting the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan - and without actual control over the nuclear weapons the wars may find extension into Europe or the United States proper.

The safety of the world must not be threatened by terrorists armed with nuclear weapons. The United States must do all that it can to ensure that this nightmare scenario does not come true. With the Taliban 60 miles from the Pakistani capital, the time is now to protect both Pakistan and the world even if it requires the United States to assume actual control over the nuclear weapons.

 

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