Armaments Choose Your Weapons

Will hope of reducing Middle East arsenals be doomed by a shopping spree for arms, especially those showcased in the gulf?

Any postwar calculation of power in the Middle East must now reckon with two contradictory axioms. One is that most countries in the area support some form of regional arms control. The other is that they all want billions of dollars' worth of additional weapons for themselves. Though the trauma of facing down Saddam's war machine made clear the folly of Western and Soviet arms sales to Iraq, it also left Arab nations and Israel no less apt to conclude that happiness -- or at least security -- is a warm gun.

As he makes his swing through the Middle East...

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