August 4th, 2007
02:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Tancredo: Threaten to bomb Muslim holy sites in retaliation

Republican presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo's campaign stood by his assertion that bombing holy Muslim sites would serve as a good "deterrent" to prevent Islamic fundamentalists from attacking the United States, his spokeswoman said Friday.

"This shows that we mean business," said Bay Buchanan, a senior Tancredo adviser. "There's no more effective deterrent than that. But he is open-minded and willing to embrace other options. This is just a means to deter them from attacking us."

On Tuesday, Tancredo warned a group of Iowans that another terrorist attack would "cause a worldwide economic collapse." recorded his comments.

"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. "That is the only thing I can think of that might deter somebody from doing what they would otherwise do. If I am wrong, fine, tell me, and I would be happy to do something else. But you had better find a deterrent, or you will find an attack."

Tom Casey, a deputy spokesman for the State Department, told CNN's Elise Labott that the congressman’s comments were "reprehensible" and "absolutely crazy." Tancredo was widely criticized in 2005 for making a similar suggestion.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Tom Tancredo
soundoff (1,648 Responses)
  1. Chester, Chicago, IL

    What a moron. And I thought Gary Sheffield was an idiot!

    August 3, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Tyler Coffin, San Jose CA

    Of course, because blowing up the Statue of Liberty would effectively chasten our own foreign policy...

    As a life-long Republican, I am scared to death of my own party. Knowing that there are candidates who would even consider this type of action is terrifying. To suggest that destroying the cornerstone of someone's faith would prevent future violence reveals a stupefying level of ignorance.

    August 3, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Chris West Palm Beach FL

    Don't just threaten to bomb Mecca and Medina. Nuke them with high yield thermonuclear weapons. "City Killers" like the ones on the Titan missle. That would deter anyone from trying to rebuild them. Make sure the casings are shrouded in Stontium-90 and Cadmium to "salt the earth" as the Roman Legions did.

    August 3, 2007 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. James B. Saint Cloud, Fl

    Bombing Mecca probably would just result in more Islamic-fascist terrorism. I'm for deportation of any Muslim that would not make an oath to U.S. loyalty, and seizing the money held in banks or other financial institutions from the home countries that the terrorists come from.

    August 3, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Gurman Bal, San Ramon, CA

    GOP Congressman Tom "Nuke 'Em" Tancredo wants to attack Mecca and other Islamic holy sites if the U.S. is again struck by terrorists.

    Tom "TNT" Tancredo IS a terrorist. Collective punishment as a reprisal for terrorism started with the Nazis at Lidice after Heydrich's assassination.

    Somebody needs to muzzle this mad dog racist.

    August 3, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Chris Baker, Charlotte, NC

    Say what you will about him being crazy, I believe he is, but his idea isn't that far out there...How do we expect to win or even keep up with an enemy that doesn't follow "rules", We need to be just as aggressive against them as they are to us...All so-called rules should be put aside when dealing with terrorist... The reason we can't gain a foothold on this problen is due to the fact that they are madmen, with mad ideas, we need to think outside the box when dealing with them.

    August 3, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. common sense

    Posted By Anonymous : August 3, 2007 12:52 pm

    Mass murders do not have guts!
    Ignorant tool.

    August 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. david

    wouldn't this be the equivalent of a christian terrorist? i find it extremely hard to swallow that an elected official actually said this. how in the hell or heaven is this gonna prevent violence?

    August 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Paul Srodoski Cumming GA

    Finally someone whose saying what mainsream America is saying.This politically correct stuff to get votes needs to stop or someday the flag of Iran will wave in Washington

    August 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Dan Davis, Chicago, IL

    Nothing like bombing someone's holy religious sites to show "we mean business" and to deter future violence.

    Has anyone in our government paid attention to history at all? Look at the bloodshed caused in Iraq when mosques were targeted. What a buffoon.

    August 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Michael, West Palm Beach, FL.

    In a world of political correctness it's rare to find someone, especially a politician running for office, with enough fortitude to say what most others are thinking. Thanks Mr. Tancredo, you have my vote!!

    August 3, 2007 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. TH, Washington DC

    Mr. Tancredo,
    Here is another idea:
    The next time that a catholic priest is caught in an act of pedophilia, the vatican shopuld be bomb.
    People of Colorado, please show us that you are smarter than this guy. Get rid of him.

    August 3, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Facts Oflife, San Diego, Ca.

    All of you who believe that Islam has been hijacked are deluded.

    There is a tiny minority of Muslim moderates. The rest support the Jihad against us.

    Look at the evidence; worldwide violence and protest for Jihad; almost total silence and no protests by Muslims against the violence.

    We need to warn them where it hurts so they will have an incentive to prevent attacks against us.

    August 3, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. Tony Nazar, Wilton, ME

    Tancredo is a dangerous person.

    I can think of nothing that would unite all Muslims – liberal through Islamist – under a single banner and spark a war that would destroy civilization.

    But he is playing to the tiny brained folk, so maybe it's not a serious suggestion.

    August 3, 2007 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Clinton, NY

    You Know if they attack and murder women and children again and it's because of thier beliefs then why not threathen to take away what they hold dear...We have tried everything to stop them and it does not work so threat them like children if they continue take away what thier beliefs hold more dear...GREAt IDEA and I support

    August 3, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Robert, Madison NC

    Tancredo should be taken out and hung for such an ignorant statement. He sounds like a Bush clone

    August 3, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Yasmine , Columbia, MD

    If you attack Mecca or Madina, you would be attacking first of all the strongest Arabic ally to the united states, and secondly Muslims all over the world, and multiply by ten thousand the number of enemies to the United States.

    I would also like to note to the senator that mecca was destroyed in the past and rebuilt , and that the Muslims do not worship " objects " but rather what they symbolize and stand for. This attack will not be a deterrents, but a 9/11 for extremist which they will use to justify multiplied attacks on our homeland. Just like we used 9/11 to attack Afghanistan and Iraq.

    August 3, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Alex, Rockville, MD

    This may be the worst form of policy ever proposed in dealing with Radical Islam in the Middle East. We may as well erect a dome over the United States if we bomb one of the holiest cities on this planet.

    August 3, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Charles, College Station, TX

    What a stupid idea! This guy's in congress?????

    August 3, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Nick, Cleveland OH

    Not only is this man an idiot, he is an embarrassment. Does he not realize that this only provokes radicals further and the good people of the Muslim world! How can we elect this people. This is an outrage to all people of the book!

    August 3, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Anonymous, Calif.

    Do we bomb Saudi Arabia before or after the 20 billion dollar arms deal that is on the table?

    The Neo-Con's are even more fascist that I ever imagined.

    August 3, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Andreas, New York City

    And WHO elected this idiot in?

    August 3, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Z-shan

    Um I guess this JERK has no idea about what he just said and obviously have no idea that Consequences of that remark could be FAR more dangerous than he can think of so my advice to every body is that dont vote for this guy, he is a NO BRAINER.

    August 3, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Common Sense Voter, Sheepshead Bay, NY

    With the bombings of Islamic shrines in Iraq being committed as acts of secterian violence, the reality is it's probably just a matter of time until they just do this themselves anyway.

    August 3, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Max, Castle Rock, CO


    Your comments are disgraceful and embarrasing to the people of Colorado, and the United States. As one of your constituents, I implore you to remove yourself from the political theatre immediately, and apologize for your abusrd comment.

    Perhaps one of your trusted advisors can pull a map out for you, and show you that those cities both lie in the country of our main remaining supposed Arab ally? Where the bulk of our foriegn oil comes from? Dolt.

    August 3, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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