If an Islamic terrorist group nukes a U.S. city, then what?

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  1. Little-Acorn
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    Suppose some Islamic terrorist group were to suddenly set off a nuclear weapon, improvised or otherwise, in a U.S. city such as Des Moines, or St. Louis, or New York, or Los Angeles etc. Not just a dirty bomb, but a full-fledged Hiroshima-type nuke or larger.

    One fine sunny morning, suddenly half the city vanishes. A terrorist group (Al-Qaeda, or Hezbollah, or etc.) claims credit, and preliminary investigation turns up strong evidence that they really were the ones who did it.

    Two questions:

    1.) What will the United States do?

    2.) What SHOULD the United States do?


    I asked the first question so that the Republican-bashers and Democrat-bashers can vent as usual about how poor the other party's response will be. The second question is the real one, to which I'd like serious answers.

    U.N. involvement?

    Use of our nukes in response?

    Round up all Islamics within U.S. borders?

    Military invasion to ferret out every last member of the group while trying to avoid damage to "innocent" civilians not part of the group?

    Fold up and cry?

    Forbid the religion of Islam within our borders?

    Build and man a border fence?

    Signal Osama we'll now negotiate?

    Declare martial law?

    Pass Patriot Act III?

    Please "check all that apply", and please add your own suggestions.

    Remember, a few million Americans just got incinerated in about half a second. What do we do?

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    We should round-up all Muslims into concentration camps and issue an ultimatum to the world-wide Islamic community to either publicly launch a campaign to eradicate extremism within their own faith and bring dissidents to justice or face eradication. If they refused, the entire Middle East should be wiped off the face of the Earth by nuclear strike and conversion to Islam should be an offense punishable by death.
     
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    Who knows, its probably not something we can really answer until it actually happens.
    On 9/11 people were hoping we'd nuke those responsible, but that never happened.
    If we were nuked though it would no doubt set off a war. We'd probably nuke several nuclear facilities in Iran and possibly even North Korea. Who knows what would happen domestically. I'm sure initially there'd be mass hysteria and looting.
     
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    it doesnt matter, it was Bush's fault, thats all that matters.
     
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    Personally, I think a nuclear detonation in a major American city would do for us what the fall of Singapore did for the British in Asia.
     
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    Can't do that! That'd be PROFILING! :rolleyes:
     
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    That's why we'd call it "estimated threat assessment" instead of profiling. I'm a better right-wing thinker than you are. :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, if it's anything like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, nothing will happen. Michael Chertoff will be attending a bird flu conference, and Chimpy will be doing a photo-op somewhere. Except, since it's a 'terrorist' attack, martial law will be declared...the Constitution will be suspended...and Chimpy will declare himself 'President for Life'.
     
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    Nice ripost that.
     
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    Ah yes...depending on what it wants...the left just slaps on the appropriate label. :rolleyes:
     
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