I have become used to hearing the fascist, quasi-racist rants of Representative Tom Tancredo on the issue of illegal immigration. Tancredo, who is also a Republican presidential candidate, has made something of a name for himself by staking ground on the fringes of the immigration debate.
Yet the absurd call by Tancredo Tuesday that the U.S. should bomb Muslim holy sites as means to deter terror attacks is a new low for the four-term congressman. Moreover, one begins to question the thought processes that led Tancredo to this dubious conclusion.
The terrorists who embrace a violent strain of Islamic philosophy began to single out the United States as the object of their rage after the 1990-91 Gulf War. In particular, the presence of U.S. troops stationed in Saudi Arabia and the U.S.-led sanctions against Iraq were the sources of contention for people like Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden, as most of you already know, was once our ally when the attention of radical Islamists was on the former Soviet Union for its invasion of Afghanistan.
History aside, Tancredo's call to attack Muslim holy sites would only serve to enrage the radical Islamists even more, and would act as a rallying cry across the Muslim world. The recruitment efforts by terrorist groups toward disaffected Muslims to participate in terror campaigns would gain a tremendous boost by such an asinine campaign. Imagine how indignant and enraged Catholics would be if, for example, the Vatican or the Shrine at Lourdes were bombed.
Yet Tancredo continues to stand behind his idiotic proposal, leading this pundit to question his intelligence and/or sanity. At the very least, Tancredo's comments forcefully underscore the idea that the congressman belongs far, far away from the Oval Office. The sound we now here is the rushing of the last blasts of hot air that were left in the balloon that was the Tom Tancredo campaign.