NUCLEAR TERRORISM REVISITED
Dr. Milt Rosenberg of Milt's File,
WGN 720 AM " Extension 720"
and the University of Chicago had on his radio program last night Steve Coll
, author of the highly regarded Ghost Wars:The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
. The discussion turned to the possibility of nuclear terrorism by al Qaida so I took the initiative to ask a question ( via email) that Marc Shulman
, Dave Schuyler
and I debated a while back regarding the potential deterrence effect of indicating that the United States, in the event of al Qaida detonating a nuclear weapon on American soil, would target Mecca for a retaliatory nuclear strike.
Dr. Rosenberg was kind enough to read my question to Mr. Coll who responded( I'll have to paraphrase)
" This is exactly the sort of question that I would hope is being discussed in the National Security Council ".
He went on to indicate that such a stance would as a side-effect, have a huge, probably negative, effect on the war of ideas aspect of the Terror War. It was a very interesting program which presumably, will be available in Dr. Rosenberg's audio archive, if it isn't already. Coll is also, by the way, in the midst of his next book on Islamist terrorism with a focus on Saudi Arabia.