Monday, July 18, 2005

Tancredo's nuclear threat Updated

I stood, literally, agape at reading the words on the screen when I clicked the link to this story:

::::::::A Colorado congressman told a radio show host that the U.S. could "take out" Islamic holy sites if Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked the country with nuclear weapons.

Rep. Tom Tancredo made his remarks Friday on WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla. His spokesman stressed he was only speaking hypothetically.

Talk show host Pat Campbell asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

"Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.

"You're talking about bombing Mecca," Campbell said.

"Yeah," Tancredo responded.

I scarcely know where to begin in denouncing any idiot that would make a suggestion like this. So some Jordanian or Syrian jackass manages to pull off what we're trying very hard to prevent and lights a nuke off in New York or Washington or Los Angeles, and this Congressman's best idea is to drop a nuclear warhead onto Mecca, wiping out not only whatever people have the misfortune of being nearby but also obliterating the holiest site of Islam?

Will someone slap this moron upside the head and read this slowly to him? We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with a very specific sect of Islam that chooses to view non-combatant civilians as legitimate targets for destruction. I have no words to adequately describe how stupid and thoughtless I find Tancredo's comments. Even if he didn't mean it - and he better have not meant it - his fat mouth has now provided a wonderful sound bite for the Arab media to use. Does he think that the people recruiting people into terror organizations are going to use his comments in full context? They're going to have a US Congressman saying - on tape - that America is planning to nuke Mecca.

Don't take my word for it, Abdul, listen to one of the infidels' leaders speak in his own voice.

Tancredo's comments should be denounced loudly and clearly by the other members of Congress - and that means all you Republicans, too! - and I'm calling on every blogger who busted Dick Durbin's chops to get in there and speak up about this one, too. It's ludicrous, we should not stand for it, and we should make sure everyone's clear on where we stand.

Update: I see this issue is being addressed by Hugh Hewitt and Captain Ed Morrisey. We'll wait to see some more.