Monday, July 18, 2005

Hypothetically speaking,
Congressman Tom Tancredo is an ass:

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, Florida. His spokesman stressed he was only speaking hypothetically.
Studies came out last week suggesting that Muslims around the world were beginning to turn against groups like Al Quaeda because of their regular attacks on Muslim populations in Iraq and elsewhere. That's good news.

Now, Tancredo feeds them the perfect propaganda response: "We don't like killing Muslim men, women, and children, but these people are willing to incinerate Mecca! We have to do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves!"

This kind of stuff really fries me.

UPDATE [7/19/2005 - 8:02]: Apparently, it fries other people too.


Dave Justus said...

Lets face it, if we lose several U.S. cities to a nuke, it is unlikely that anything less than nuking Mecca would be an acceptable response.

It is also interesting to consider that this threat might deter terrorists (I don't know if it would or would not.)

If it would work as a deterent, it is an perfectly acceptable philosophy in my opinion. We didn't hate all Russian people, but fully embraced Mutally Assured Destruction as a deterrent to a nuclear strike by the Soviet Union. A similar philosophy might apply here.

Tanstaafl said...

However, while we had good evidence that the Soviets valued their lives, we have good evidence that many of these terrorists don't. They might see the destruction of Mecca as just the grand-scale martyr they need to draw the general population of the Middle East to their cause.