America's WMD Doctrine: Would It Deter a Nuclear 9/11?

Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, an architect of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, declared that Pakistan’s nuclear bombs are “the property of a whole ummah [worldwide Muslim community],” so that some Muslim nations or groups could use them on infidels to bring about “the end of days” and lead the way for Islam to be the supreme religious force in the world. A.Q. Khan, the former head of Pakistan’s nuclear program, proliferated nuclear bomb-making technology exclusively to Islamic states such as Libya or Iran with just one exception: he transferred this technology to North Korea in exchange for its missile technology for Pakistan.

While Pakistan’s dismal economy survives on handouts from donor nations, it has the fastest-growing nuclear arms buildup in the world. Both the Pakistani state and groups based in it have continued to sponsor the Taliban in Afghanistan and assorted jihadist entities against India. Pakistan’s broad-based commitment to jihad (a religious war directed at conquering land and people for Islam) is reflected in its school syllabus.

The motto of the Pakistani army is “faith, piety, and holy war in the path of Allah.” That the 9/11 attacks on America originated from Pakistan-controlled, Taliban-ruled Afghanistan shouldn’t be a surprise at all.

The main nation widely thought to be behind the bankrolling of Pakistan’s nuclear buildup is jihadist spearhead Saudi Arabia, from where most hijackers who carried out the 9/11 attacks originated. Thanks to its likely funding of the Pakistani nuclear program, Saudi Arabia may already have nukes. Saudi Arabia is deeply committed to jihad; inspired by the Koran, here is the call to impose jihad on unbelievers sponsored by the Saudi government:

The Muslims are required to raise the banner of jihad in order to make the word of Allah supreme in this world, to remove all forms of injustice and oppression, and to defend the Muslims. If Muslims do not take up the sword, the evil tyrants of this earth will be able to continue oppressing the weak and [the] helpless.

Government-linked and -funded Saudi charities have been at the forefront of indoctrinating and sponsoring jihad all over the world. The perception of injustice and oppression is deliberately created as part of the indoctrination process, in order to create bogus justifications for waging jihad. The U.S. Treasury Department recently banned one such charity that, not surprisingly, operated out of the Saudi embassy in many nations. The U.S. is now belatedly recognizing that even if the opium production in Afghanistan that funds the Taliban insurgency is curtailed, Persian Gulf money will continue to fuel the Taliban.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad, whose Islamic nation is well on its way to acquiring nuclear weapons status, has voiced his nation’s apocalyptic intent by declaring that Israel must be “wiped off the map.”

The Islam-based ideologies dictating the outlook of nations such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran are invariably gearing them toward the next generation of terror attacks that could very well involve nuclear weapons. Hence, firstly, any nuanced analysis of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation prevention and beyond has to comprehensively counter these ideologies. Secondly, it is critical that the stated American WMD doctrine should act as a strong deterrent.

Disturbingly, thus far, America has failed to address both of these issues meaningfully or adequately. In my view, this is primarily due to our relative unfamiliarity with the dominant jihadist inclinations of the Islamic doctrines themselves.