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A secret deterrence system would be useless

Reader comment on item: Might the Saudis Blow Up Their Oil Infrastructure?

Submitted by Alfred Kohler (United States), May 11, 2005 at 18:14

If the Saudis had devised a system to destroy their entire petroleum industry if their country were invaded, such a system would have to be announced to the world.

A system of deterrence that were kept secret wouldn't deter any country from attacking or invading Saudi Arabia.

The system could work only if Saudi Arabia had made the world aware of its existence.

Since Saudi Arabia hasn't done so, I infer that no such system of self-destruction exists.

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