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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Saudis, State Department respond to Tancredo

Last Thursday, I discussed Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo's statement that the US ought to threaten to bomb Mecca and Medina if Iran used nuclear weapons against it. I said that I felt that it was one of the few threats that might be careful of deterring Iranian madman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

When I discussed this last Thursday, the only response had come from the Pakistani's. Tonight, al-AP is reporting that there is righteous indignation over the prospect from 'our friends the Saudis' and from their friends at the US State Department.
Abdul-Mohsen Al-Sheik, head of Mecca's municipal council, said he was disappointed that the Republican Party did not issue an apology for Representative Tom Tancredo's remarks.

"Neither ... Tancredo nor anyone else can strike the Kaaba in Mecca," Al-Sheik said in a statement released late Monday. The Kaaba is a cube-shaped stone structure draped in black cloth that Muslims around the world face during daily prayers. Muslims believe Abraham built it.

"If this candidate had a minimum knowledge of history, then this site would be holy for him before it being holy for Muslims because no adherent to heavenly religions doesn't know Abraham and (his son) Ishmael," he added.
I guess we'd better make sure Representative Tancredo knows what he's supposed to believe. I know who Abraham was and I know who his son Ishmael, who is described as a "wild man" (Genesis 16:12), was (Ishmael was the son of Abraham's wife Sara's Egyptian slave, Hagar) and the Kaaba at Mecca is not holy to me. But I guess we'd better tell Tancredo that the Saudis said he'd better believe the Kaaba is holy.

Then there's the State Department which - as usual - has gone politically correct multi culti:
The US State Department has distanced itself from Tancredo's comments.

"It is absolutely outrageous and reprehensible for anyone to suggest attacks on holy sites, whether they are Muslim, Christian, Jewish or those of any other religion," deputy spokesman Tom Casey told reporters.
Has he reacted as strongly to any of Ahmadinejad's statements on Israel? Somehow, I doubt it.


At 9:25 AM, Blogger Alexander said...

The interesting view of Tancredo's is ,basically, that American cities are at least as "holy" as Mecca.Therefore a nuclear strike on our "holy" cities would mean that a place like mecca is
no off the table as a target.
People may disagree with Tancredo, but many inadvertently will raise the
lost of Mecca as worst than the lost of American cities.
Tancredo's theme this election cycle is that political correctness can kill us as a nation.It is hard enough for some people to even say "illegal alien" rather than "undocumented". We are not in a war
against "terror" It is a war with radical islam and a President needs to say anything that might deter them.


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