Nuke Mekka, stop Islam? #4
Tancredo: ISIS Wants to Nuke an American City: What Is Our Plan to Stop Them?
Clear thinking tells us American optimism regarding radical Islam is a dead-end street, literally: There is nothing but death and destruction are at the end of that street. It is now a dead certainty that Islamist radicals are planning a nuclear attack on the American homeland– and we have no plan to prevent it. Wishful thinking and whistling past the graveyard is not a plan.
The large majority of Americans living outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue understand that the United States is at war with radical Islam. Yet, our government is behaving like it is a backyard brawl. Obama has sent 50 Special Forces troops to fight ISIS in Syria, while ISIS has 100,000 jihadist sympathizers in Europe and America. You can call that “asymmetrical warfare,” but there are other words for it. One is suicide.
The United States faces a true “existential threat” from ISIS, al-Qaeda and their allied crusaders, but the main battlefield is not in Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria, it is at home, in our minds. Until we have identified the enemy, we will not know how to protect our homeland.
ISIS and its Islamist allies intend to destroy our country and all of Western civilization; they are daily escalating that war; they are willing to die for the greater glory of Allah; and they will use any weapon available to inflict maximum death and destruction—including nuclear weapons.
What is our strategy for stopping them? We have none.
About ten years ago I stumbled upon the Tancredo strategy, and predictably was pummeled and ridiculed for it. I was being interviewed by a radio talk show and was asked this question, which at the time was very hypothetical but no longer is quite so hypothetical: What if al-Qaeda said they had a nuclear bomb inside the United States ready to detonate? “What should we do?” I was asked. I said, we should tell them if they do that, we will bomb Mecca, Islam’s holiest place… “With nuclear bombs?” was the next question. “Yes,” I said.
“Tancredo says we should nuke Mecca” was the headline. No, what I said was we should threaten to bomb Mecca if Islamists detonate a nuclear bomb in one of our cities. I believed then and believe now that only such a threat will cause Islamist radicals to reconsider their deadly plans.
I offer this plan as an invitation to others to come up with something better.
The Islamist threat of nuclear and chemical warfare inside our homeland is very real, so we had better get serious about coming up with a plan to deter it. Otherwise, the bomb shelter business is going to be a growth industry.