By Nader Uskowi
This week, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former longtime director of Saudi intelligence and former ambassador to Washington, who now heads the think-tank King Faisal Center for Research, called on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states to transform GCC into an EU-type union, powerful enough after acquiring its own nuclear weapons to be at par with its regional rivals, Iran and Israel. Prince Turki’s comments should be taken seriously, as serious and thoughtful as he has always been.
There is nothing that prevents GCC from transforming itself into a unified entity similar to the European Union, Turki told a gathering of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. He went on calling for establishing a joint army and acquiring nuclear weapons, particularly if Iran acquires its own. A nuclear future for the GCC is inevitable, he said [UPI.com, 29 March].
"Wealth in the region is not sufficient to achieve stability and we ought to be effective regarding major international affairs and prevent others from dictating options on us," Prince Turki added.
The Call to Arms is now the new norm on both sides of the Persian Gulf.