Arms sales are a tricky business and will often come back to haunt you. Take for example, US made surface to air missiles now being used against our own forces in Afghanistan. The road they traveled to come into the hands of the resurgent Taliban is not so long, nor so hard to trace. Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, some 120 weapons has the US and Russia and Germany and many more for that matter written all over it.

Globalization, what a concept. You can get a burger prepared your way practically anywhere in the world. The Nike Swoosh appears at elite athletic venues across the United States and on the skinny frames of T-shirted children playing in the streets of Kolkata. For those interested in buying an American automobile, a word of warning: it is not so unusual to find more “American content” in a Japanese car than one built by one of Detroit’s Big Three.

So don’t kid yourself about the Pakistani bomb. From burgers to bombs, globalization has had an impact. Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal – as many as 120 weapons – is no more Pakistani than your television set is Japanese. Or is that American? It was a concept developed in one country and, for the most part, built in another. Its creation was an example of globalization before the term was even coined.

Given the governmental security crisis in Pakistan and al Qaeda’s foothold, it seems that the threat of nuclear arms falling into the wrong hands is greater in Pakistan than in Iran.