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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

What a Stupid, Stupid Thing to Say

From One Hand Clapping (HT Hugh Hewitt):

US Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Co. 6th Dist.) had this exchange with Orlando, Fla., radio host Pat Campbell last Friday. Campbell asked Tancredo “asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons,” to which Tancredo answered,

“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.

Good Lord. What a stupid thing to say. I could care less if he's a Republican, or what conservative credentials he may have, this needs to be withdrawn, and an abject apology made immediately.

We ARE NOT at war with Islam. We are at war with a radical sect of Islam. As Hugh Hewitt says, saying we'll bomb Mecca if we suffer a nuke strike is like the British saying they will bomb the Vatican because of IRA terrorists.

Like Senator Dick's stupidity, this statement will soon be playing throughout the Arab world, if its not already. Congressman and Senators really need to listen to the old WWII slogan, "Loose lips sink ships." Sigh.

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