US editor suggests ‘nuking’ Makka
CAIR 12 March 2002
Muslims in the US today demanded an apology from the conservative National Review for comments published by an editor that suggested "nuking Mecca," Islam's holiest site.
In an online forum called "The Corner," editor Rich Lowry wrote on March 7:
"Lots of sentiment for nuking Mecca. Moderates opt for something more along these lines:
"Baghdad and Tehran would be the likeliest sites for a first strike.
If we have clean enough bombs to assure a pinpoint damage area, Gaza City and Ramallah would also be on list.
Damascus, Cairo, Algiers, Tripoli and Riyadh should be put on alert that any signs of support for the attacks in their cities will bring immediate annihilation..."
"This is a tough one, and I don't know quite what to think.
Mecca seems extreme, of course, but then again few people would die and it would send a signal.
Religions have suffered such catastrophic setbacks before...And, as a general matter, the time for seriousness-including figuring out what we would do in retaliation, so maybe it can have some slight deterrent effect--is now rather than after thousands and thousands more American casualties."
National Review writer Rod Dreher also took part in the discussion of an attack on Mecca.
"...I'd say Baghdad, Tehran and Riyadh should make the list, tout ensemble, and maybe even Damascus.
As for Mecca, well, it would feel good, but we'd have every Muslim on the planet enraged unto ages of ages...