The plan to build a mosque near New York City's Ground Zero has drawn criticism from an esteemed U.S. military veteran who has battled radical Islam firsthand.
Retired Lt. General William Jerry Boykin told CBN News' Stakelbeck on Terror program that the seeds that will be planted at the proposed Ground Zero mosque may be deadly.
"When Mohammed conquered Mecca, he built a mosque on their most holy and prominent site," Boykin noted. "The message was 'Islam reigns supreme.' When he conquered Jerusalem, he did the same thing. The most prominent site in Jerusalem -- the most holy site"
Boykin was a founding member of Delta Force and has led covert missions around the world, from Iran to Somalia.
"Now, we are going to build a mosque at Ground Zero, where once the Twin Towers were a great monument to America. Now there will be a mosque there. What's the message in that, and what's the impact it's going to have on the Islamic world? It will increase the recruiting to the jihadist cause exponentially," Boykin predicted.
Click for more reports from CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.