Sensible people everywhere are calling for Tancredo to apologize for his remarks about possible bombing Islamic holy sites. To put Tancredo's remarks in some context, the U.S. often tried to avoid bombing churches or holy sites in Germany and Japan during WWII--this in an all-out world war where everything was at stake. Fortunately, there are at least a few sensible voices in the current era.
E-Liberal puts it very well:
. . . if the United States were to attack Mecca, we would quickly have on our hands a crime to fit our punishment. All over the world, Muslims would be united against America, and we would truly have a holy war on our hands, and this time it may even be on legitimate grounds. If the war on terrorism became a war on Islam, as the bombing of Mecca would indicate, then we would be justifying Osama Bin Laden, and the September 11 attacks, as well as this theoretical future attack, would look like a small riot in comparison with the world-wide bloodshed that would follow.
Congressman Tancredo tried to walk back his comments, saying he was speaking hypothetically, but a four-term Congressman should know better. His words mean something, not only to his district in Colorado, but to the entire country and the world at large. Words like these seem to justify the very hate that brings about the terrorism we are trying to fight. Congressman Tancredo should be ashamed of what he has said. His so-called explanation has left a lot wanting. His words portray him as an out-of-touch extremist filled with hate.
The President of The Interfaith Alliance has asked for an apology:
Today, the Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy . . . called on Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) to apologize to all Muslims and all Americans and emphatically retract his recent radio remarks suggesting that the United States should consider a nuclear strike against Mecca, Islam’s most holy site, as a possible response to a hypothetical attack on American cities by radical fundamentalists. Gaddy also called on President Bush to assure the world that Congressman Tancredo does not speak for the United States government or for the American people, and that the United States will never consider using nuclear weapons on a holy site.
My feeling is that we don't need an apology as much as we need to fire this SOB during the next round of elections. In short, we need to send an unambiguous message that U.S. citizens demand proper representation. If we wanted an idiotic hate-monger to represent us, we would have simply cloned Shrub.