Egypt’s Nuclear Ambitions
Yes, even as we are placing sanctions on Iran for wanting to create, what they claim, a peaceful nuclear program, Egypt is seeking to create several nuclear power plants of its own. The best part is, the US doesn’t seem to have a problem with this.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States would not object to Egypt’s program as long as Cairo adhered to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and International Atomic Energy Agency guidelines.
Now, I know that Egypt may be more friendly to the United States but their county still isn’t what most would call a free society. In fact, both Egypt and Iran have close to the same scores from FreedomHouse.org, an organization that rates a country’s political and civil liberty freedoms. If both are considered “not free” countries, I don’t know why we wouldn’t mind letting one country pursue “peaceful nuclear activities” while sanctioning the other. I personally feel that without a free, civilian run government, it is dangerous to freely trust a country with nuclear material. Even if this current Egyptian “president” actually does pursue solely peaceful nuclear means, what about his successor? A nation with a free government accountable to the people would be the only kind of country that I would feel safe helping set up a nuclear power plant program.