Comments: How do you get the bad guys to stop? By upping the ante

The problem with this assessment is that in MAD, you have to assume that the opponent valued his own survival. Having US destroy the 100 muslim cities in the world WILL result in Jihad by the rest of the world, including China against US. This is precisely what the terrorists want.

Posted by BigFire at December 4, 2004 11:32 AM

I think China has more to gain by being our ally in any situation like the one described. Certainly they would rather attempt a grab of Taiwan than joining the Islamic Turd Patrols as they impotently thrash about. In the same fashion, I'd also think that the Arabs in their European countries would try to wrest power from their respective governments thatn attempt retribution against the US. That's why sucha large-scale 'first strike" would be a bad idea. I'd propose a far smaller-scale respsonse...for instance, just take out Mecca. I'd do it with either tactical nukes or Tomahawks. A couple of MOABs would do quite a bit of damage.

Posted by skh at December 4, 2004 12:51 PM

Two problems with this approach. First, a WMD attack on America doesn't justify the deaths of innocents in the 100 targets we nuke. Second, there are a lot in the mid-east who would deliberately bring an attack to provoke just such a response from us. After all, once we've nuked the Arab world, they become unbelievably united against us, and people like Osama get the WWIII they've been hoping for.

Posted by Beck at December 4, 2004 08:05 PM

I'm pretty sure the top 100 Muslim cities in the world would include some in countries which possess nuclear capabilities, such as Pakistan. Do we really want to get into a situation where they feel the need to strike back?

Posted by Denise at December 5, 2004 06:19 AM

I'm pretty sure the top 100 Muslim cities in the world would include some in countries which possess nuclear capabilities, such as Pakistan. Do we really want to get into a situation where they feel the need to strike back with their nukes?

Posted by Denise at December 5, 2004 06:20 AM

Hmmm, collective guilt, collective punishment . . . Kinda reminds me of the Nazis. If a resistance member (or, in Nazi terms, a terrorist) killed one Nazi soldier, the Nazis killed 100 random civilians in the same neighborhood.

Surely conservatives are in favor of individual responsibility?

Posted by Sparky at December 6, 2004 10:46 PM

Is the author of that suggestion an idiot or just fubar?

Islamic terrorists are the MINORITY in the Islamic world. Note the march in Germany I think a couple of weeks ago by thousands of muslims protesting islamic terrorism. noticed that did not get mentioned on here or alarmingnews although i never thought for a minute it would be.

nuking 100 cities regardless of their responsibility in a purely hypothetical WMD attack by a third party would be completely unjustified. whinefest from the UN would include almost all US allies inlcuding the ones such as Britain and France who have nukes of our own.

i know america is aggressive but that suggestion contemptible. even for the bush admin

Posted by young-white-and-liberal at December 7, 2004 08:17 AM

islamic terrorist are a minority in the muslim world ? not YET UNFORTUNATELY thes people are willing to kill themselves and maybe theyre cousins {accidently} while comitting sucide bombings all for what ? to kill americans WHY? theyre parents and osama tell them they will be martyred TALK ABOUT A DYSFUNTIONAL SOCEITY , and we worry about our children smoking POT WHOA !!!!!! I wish we could pull all our brave youth home I pray to God nightly I pray for the muslim people too who hunger for freedom but mostly I ask god to stop the monsters like ben laden and sadam from preying on the innocents of theyre youth how dispicable is this these peopl are cowards just like SADAM in his rat hole "dont shoot me please" when hed tortured and murdered 1000s and hid while his own dilussional two boys and grandson met theyre deserved demise how many liberals cried like I did when sadam gassed the kurdissh to the north and theyre littl children were put into dumpsters NO weapons of mass destruction look it up what does it take before a liberal Kerry voter decides its time to act a lewensky in the news like clinton? This administration is GODS administration you liberals in power need to cooperate or disappear this is an important crucial time and if your not part of the solution Kennedy retire pray for our heroic troops every night GOD BLESS YOU

Posted by kyle skinner at December 8, 2004 05:36 AM

you've been on the pot!!!!

Gods administration? do shut up. majority of americans will? yes. will of a deity of doubtful existence? put the weed down and go into the real world. bloody christian fundamentalists.

Posted by nick saunders at December 8, 2004 06:09 AM
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