Pakistan 'more dangerous than Iran': expert

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20 February 2006, VIENNA - The nuclear power Pakistan is far more dangerous than Iran, said well-known German journalist and Middle East specialist, Peter Scholl-Latour, in an interview on Monday.

20 February 2006

VIENNA - The nuclear power Pakistan is far more dangerous than Iran, said well-known German journalist and Middle East specialist, Peter Scholl-Latour, in an interview on Monday.

Quoted by the Viennese subway paper Heute, he said that chaos could break out in US ally Pakistan any time, and "an extreme Islamism armed with atomic weapons [could] seize power."

Scholl-Latour said there was no way out of the current Iran crisis. "We'll have to come to terms with atomic bombs being built in Iran as a deterrent."

The analyst warned that a US military strike against Iran would make the American soldiers in neighbouring Iraq "hostages." The Europeans on their side could offer Tehran nothing in the way of diplomacy.

Scholl-Latour said it was to have been expected, and "almost a matter of course," that the Islamic world would rise up against mockery of the Prophet.

All the same, the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed should not be overrated. Worse still were the pictures of sexual humiliation of Iraqi prisoners in the US jail Abu Ghraib. "Of course that's all grist to the mill of Iran."

DPA

Subject: German news

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