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Sunday, August 05, 2007

An idea whose time has come?

Israel Radio has just reported the remarks of Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo in an Iowa restaurant on Thursday night:
"If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina," Tancredo said at the Family Table restaurant. "Because that's the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they otherwise might do."

Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia, are Islam's holiest cities. All able-bodied Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage there at least once in their lives. Tancredo's comments were recorded and posted on the Web site iowapolitics.com.

A Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group responded in anger Thursday, calling Tancredo's statement "unworthy of anyone seeking public office in the United States."

"Perhaps it's evidence of a long-shot candidate grasping at straws and trying to create some kind of a controversy that might appeal to a niche audience of anti-Muslim bigots," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the [Unindicted co-conspirator for supporting Hamas. CiJ] Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Campaign spokesman, Alan Moore, said Tancredo stands by his statement.

This isn't the first time Tancredo has suggested taking extreme action against Mecca and Medina.

In 2005, he drew international criticism after he told a radio talk show host that "you could take out" Islamic holy sites if terrorists ever launched a nuclear attack against the United States.
Perhaps Tancredo is shooting from the hip in the hope of garnering votes for his floundering Presidential campaign, but perhaps he also has a point. Several months ago, I blogged an article in which I explained why the Iranian nuclear threat against Israel is "madder than MAD," with MAD being mutually assured destruction, which is what kept the US and Russia from going after each other in the 1970's. At the time I wrote:
The problem with Iran getting nuclear weapons is that there is no mutually assured destruction. Iran is convinced that it would sustain only 'acceptable' casualties from an Israeli second strike (assuming that Israel even has a nuclear capability) while it is convinced that its use of nuclear weapons (or even its threat to use nuclear weapons) would mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Thus once Iran has nuclear weapons, there is no deterrent to its using them - unless someone else is going to step up to the plate and make Iran's casualties 'unacceptable.' The odds of that happening are quite slim (what other country is going to put itself at risk for nuclear attack to defend Israel?), and that's without even considering the question of whether Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinadinnerjacket is a rational actor at all.
Or as Ron Rosenbaum put it in Pajamas Media at the time:
There is no deterrent to suicidal martyrdom, involuntary mass martryrdom. No deterrent that depends on belief in the value of life by genocidal murderers on a “martyrdom mission”. Is there a solution to this problem aside from pre-emptive strikes which will likely be catastrophic for both sides and probably only postpone a second Holocaust? Are there any deterrents that will stop Ahmadinejad and his ilk from carrying out their genocidal designs? I wish I could believe there were. Any ideas?
Well, threatening to bomb Mecca and Medina and other Islamic holy sites just might be a deterrent to Ahmadinejad's nuclear ambitions. And if so, that threat ought to be considered, used and if God forbid necessary, carried out. I certainly hope Israel is thinking about it too.


At 4:39 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Howabout just arming the Hashemites to retake it. They are more moderate than the wahabis and they will get out of eastern Israel.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Karridine said...

Howabout initiating a PUBLIC discourse, a PUBLIC DIALOGUE about the Lord of Hosts, Baha'u'llah?

This public dialogue, unstoppable by Muslim clergy and un-ignorable by Muslims seeking LIFE in obedience to their long-promised Mahdi, will catalyze the mass conversion of Muslims worldwide, hundreds of millions of them...

Which in turn will catalyze and stimulate Christians and atheists in America and Europe to consciously examine WHAT IS HAPPENING...

And in months, the radical, hateful and power-hungry Muslim 'leaders' and clergy are disempowered, billions around the world turn to Mount Carmel in the Holy Land for guidance, and the whole political landscape has changed irrevocably!

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It's a funny thing, you know?

The Jews value life, love and laughter...and her enemies value death, hatred and destruction.

Guess which one wins out in the end, people? Hint: it's not death, hatred and destruction~!

If the Bible has proven anything over and over it is this--the enemies of the Jews never prevail.

However, it is time to speak the language of the terrorists and that language is one of death, hatred and complete annihilation. I don't think it is a question of whether America will nuke Mecca and Medina after Al-Queda attacks America again...but whether America should join in with other countries who will already be doing it. If America is seriously hurt, it will severely damage the economies of other countries all over the world...and if the world gets mad over anything now-a-days, it is losing money. Countries protect their economic interests to this hilt these days. If an Islamofascist does succeed in doing this, then I want that person to know that as he is preparing the bomb, as he is driving/piloting/guiding it to its target, as he is about to push the button to ignite it...he/she is about to cause not only the destruction of America, but the destruction of Islam's holiest sites FOREVER~!


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