Monday, August 01, 2005

Oh, But It Is

Been a lot of talk since Tom Tancredo dropped this bomb during an interview a couple of weeks ago...

Talk show host Pat Campbell [WFLA-AM, Orlando, Florida] asked the Littleton Republican how the country should respond if terrorists struck several U.S. cities with nuclear weapons.

"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.

OK, this has been hashed over, dissected, analysed, criticized, defended, and explained ever since. Rep. Tancredo isn't going to apologize. Critics aren't going to drop it. No matter.

However, I feel I must make a comment on this criticism from Arab American Institute President Dr. James Zogby's weekly policy column Washington Watch. I have no problem with his characterizing Rep. Tancredo as stupid, brazen, uncivilized and a buffoon. He is welcome to his opinion, and may express it freely. More opinion:
[...] That is why I write. To make it clear that Tancredo’s brand of “America” is not, at all, American. [...]
Oh, but it is!

Nuke multiple U.S. cities? And expect a thoughtful and measured response? I don't think so. Rather it would be more akin to 'Kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out'. THAT is the American way.

Just my opinion, of course.

But I would volunteer to push the button, if it came to that.

(Thanks to Free Republic for the original pointer.)

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