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[font=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][size=+2]Has U.S. threatened
to vaporize Mecca?
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[font=Palatino, Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif][size=+1]Intelligence expert says nuke option is reason bin Laden has been quiet[/size][/font]
[size=-1]Posted: January 7, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

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[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Why hasn't Osama bin Laden's terror network executed an attack on U.S. soil since 9-11? [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Simple, says Dr. Jack Wheeler, creator of an acclaimed intelligence website dubbed "the oasis for rational conservatives": The U.S. has threatened to nuke the Muslim holy city of Mecca should the terror leader strike America again. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]On his website, To the Point, Wheeler explains how the Bush administration has identified the potential of wiping Mecca off the map as bin Laden's ultimate point of vulnerability ? the Damoclean Sword hanging over his head. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Israel ? recognizes that the Aswan Dam is Egypt's Damoclean Sword," writes Wheeler. "There is no possibility whatever of Egypt's winning a war with Israel, for if Aswan is blown, all of inhabited Egypt is under 20 feet of water. Once the Israelis made this clear to the Egyptians, the possibility of any future Egyptian attack on Israel like that of 1948, 1967, and 1972 is gone." [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Wheeler says talk of bin Laden's Damoclean Sword has infiltrated the Beltway. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Writes Wheeler in his members-only column: "There has been a rumor floating in the Washington ether for some time now that George Bush has figured out what Sword of Damocles is suspended over Osama bin Laden's head. It's whispered among Capitol Hill staffers on the intel and armed services committees; White House NSC (National Security Council) members clam up tight if you begin to hint at it; and State Department neo-cons love to give their liberal counterparts cardiac arrhythmia by elliptically conversing about it in their presence. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"The whispers and hints and ellipses are getting louder now because the rumor explains the inexplicable: Why hasn't there been a repeat of 9-11? How can it be that after this unimaginable tragedy and Osama's constant threats of another, we have gone over three years without a single terrorist attack on American soil?" [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Available only to subscribers of To the Point, Wheeler ends his column by explaining the effectiveness of the Mecca threat. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Completely obliterating the terrorists' holiest of holies, rendering what is for them the world's most sacred spot a radioactive hole in the ground is retribution of biblical proportions ? and those are the only proportions that will do the job. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]"Osama would have laughed off such a threat, given his view that Americans are wussies who cut and run after a few losses, such as Lebanon in 1983 and Somalia in 1993. Part of Bush's rationale for invading Afghanistan and Iraq ? obviously never expressed publicly ? was to convince Osama that his threat to nuke Mecca was real. Osama hates America just as much as ever, but he is laughing no more." [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Wheeler says bin Laden is "playing poker with a Texas cowboy holding the nuclear aces," so there's nothing al-Qaida could do that could come remotely close to risking obliterating Mecca. [/font]

[font=Palatino, Book Antiqua, Times New Roman, Georgia, Times]Writes Wheeler: "So far, Osama has decided not to see if GW is bluffing. Smart move."

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That's an interesting, even plausible observation.

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Sounds good to me! :thumbup1: :thumbup1: :thumbup1:

Even better if it's a promise, not just a threat! :

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Interesting. Do you have any idea what how Islam would adjust to losing Mecca?

Before Muhammed took Mecca, Muslins prayed towards Jerusalem. Mecca had been a popular place of pilgramage for a fertility goddess, and Muhammed agreed to make it the central place of Islam, if they submitted to his forces.

If Mecca were nuked, Muslims would pray to Jerusalem again.
 

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Jerusalem is one of the few places that is considered special by christians, jews, and muslims.

Wouldn't they have to slag Medina, too?
 

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They have holy shrines all over that region. There are tons in Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Saudi, and Isreal.

So many that I wonder why? I know there are a few holy places for Christian, but basically Jeruselum and for Catholics the Vatican.

It seems that every mosque is a holy shrin in those parts, but it's okay to hide weapons in them and use them as bases. Not something I understand...
 
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