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Saturday, January 08, 2005 

The Damoclean Sword

From World Net Daily:
Why hasn't Osama bin Laden's terror network executed an attack on U.S. soil since 9-11?

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.
Ok, I have to admit that I wasn't sure what the Damoclean Sword even was. I was never into the Roman legends or their Gods but I figured I should find out who this Damocles was.
Damocles lived around 400 B.C. in Siracusa (Syracuse), on the island of Sicily, a part of modern-day Italy.

Damocles was an attendant in the royal court of the Greek tyrant Dionysius of Syracuse. Damocles talked so incessantly about the happiness of Dionysius that the tyrant decided to teach Damocles a lesson. Dionysius held a grand banquet, and invited Damocles to sit at the place of honor. Just as Damocles was beginning to enjoy himself, he was horrified to discover a sword hanging over his head, suspended by a single hair. In so doing, Damocles learned from Dionysius the perilous nature of his life. In modern language, "the sword of Damocles" has come to mean a dreaded tragedy that may strike at any moment.
Now that this is clear, what does this mean in the context of our current War on Terror?

It has fascinated me how dismissive most Bush haters are of the fact that we have yet to be hit by a terror attack on our soil since Sept 11th 2001. Could it be that we have an Ace in the hole?

One major weakness of fighting an enemy that adheres to such religious zealotry, especially an idyllic zealotry, would be their possessive nature to Holy sites. To threaten that which they hold most dear and of utmost religious importance could be one method of keeping them at bay and under some sort of control. Especially when in battle against such a zealot as Osama bin Laden.
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.

Writes Wheeler: "So far, Osama has decided not to see if GW is bluffing. Smart move."
Obviously there are severe ramifications to dropping a nuke anywhere in the world for any reason. I do not see this as a really viable option anyhow because of the fallout of epic proportions in many more ways than one. I do not think that this administration would do such a thing either. Such actions are reserved for absolute dire situations such as those we faced in WWII where the atomic option was successfully used.

But when Dr. Wheeler speaks, I listen. He was the architect of the "Reagan Doctrine" in the 80's that brought the Soviet Union to it's knees. The good ole Mutually Assured Destruction tactic.

There are problems with this tactic in the context of a war on terror when there is no definitive Nation with which to declare war besides those who aid and assist the terrorists. (Does this mean we can finally declare war on France?)

Another thing...
Mecca is in Saudi Arabia.

There will be no end to the War on Terror until the "leaders" of Saudi Arabia end it's practice of brainwashing people into the Wahhabism sect of Islam which is an extremely violent and volatile sect of Islam.
"Just as the Soviets devoted themselves to a messianic campaign to subvert and convert people around the world to Soviet Communism, so do the Saudis with Saudi Wahhabism. Just as breaking apart the Soviet Union was the death knell of Soviet Communism and the end of the Cold War, breaking apart the Saudi state will be the death knell of Wahhabism and the end of the War on Terrorism ...
Now the question remains...
Does George Bush have the guts to take on the Saudi Princes head to head?
I sure hope so.

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