Islamophobia 101: Episode 18–Republican Presidential candidate threatens Islam’s holiest sites in Mecca and Medina

Posted on August 6, 2007


WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo says the best way he can think of to deter a nuclear terrorist attack on the U.S. is to threaten to retaliate by bombing Islamic holy sites.

Tom Tancredo

The Colorado congressman on Tuesday told about 30 people at a town hall meeting in the state of Iowa that he believes such a terrorist attack could be imminent and that the U.S. needs to hurry up and think of a way to stop it.

«If it is up to me, we are going to explain that an attack on this homeland of that nature would be followed by an attack on the holy sites in Mecca and Medina,» Tancredo said at the Family Table restaurant. «Because that’s the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they otherwise might do. Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia, are Islam’s holiest cities. [more]

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Note from Rafik Beekun: According to CAIR, this is not the first time Tancredo has suggested taking extreme action against Mecca and Medina.

In 2005, he drew international criticism after he told a radio talk show host that “you could take out” Islamic holy sites if terrorists ever launched a nuclear attack against the United States. Here is the video evidence supporting this statement (watch all the way to the end of the following video).

In a July 18, 2005 interview, Congressman Tancredo advocated bombing Mecca

Evidence provided at the end of this video with respect to an interview of Tom Tancredo by talk show host Pat Campbell.