|Last night I surfing the net and found an article that presented an interesting scenario. I can't defend the scholarship of the article, but I thought that the topic was worthy of thought and discussion.
The article claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin has secretly issued a threat (through plausibly deniable) to Muslim terrorist groups that if they attack the Sochi Olympics he will retaliate by nuking Mecca. The story goes on to claim that the counterstrike would be made to either look like a terrorist attack or somehow implicate Israel. The story goes on to claim that President George W. Bush issued a similar threat post-911 (I know, I know).
Again, I cannot defend the scholarship or the research in the article, so please don't attack that. Do you think Putin would make such a threat? And if so, would he actually carry it out? How would Russia realistically carry out such a counterstrike? Saudi Arabia would be defenseless against a land based or submarine launched missile attack, but making it look like a terrorist attack seems unnecessarily risky. Please discuss.