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

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  1. Alasdair, Scotland, UK

    Now you see this is why the world hates you guys ... I suggest you strap this guy (and his pals) and shoot him into outer space.

    Now, that will help to lessen the states as a target ...

    August 16, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. Moe, Saudi Arabia

    Well i guess a new terorist is in town..a congressman gone crazy. He wants to fight fire with fire, common we all know what's the end of that!

    August 17, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Vancouver, Canada

    Hello Mr Tancredo

    You are a hero. Yes, I agree with you that there is no other deterrent to fight these radicals. These islamofascist are there to kill us and get their 72 virgins. You mentioned that about 10% of muslims are terrorists. I like to disagree with you on that note. I would say its about 40%.

    Yes striking them in their heart will do it.

    I hope you win the elections to become the leader of the free world and spread freedom and democracy throughout the islamist world.

    God bless you and God bless America.

    Reuben R.

    August 20, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Tom Tancredo needs mental attention, Houston, TX

    What an IDIOT and a total MORON. How the heck did he get elected to Congress? What he's saying is lets drop down to the terrorists level. And just an FYI, TRUE Muslims are not terrorists. Those who kill innocents are not part of our religion unless they sincerely repent and are forgiven by the family of the deceased. Furthermore, bombing Mecca and/or Medina will only do one thing: it will turn all Muslims against us and will only show that we are as low as terrorists by bombing innocent civilians. Oh yes, any of those who follow your logic will definitely need to be mentally examined and put into a psychiatric ward with you in one with EXTREME security.

    August 21, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Tom Tancredo needs to be President or Secretary of War

    Tom Tancredo was elected by the majority of voters in his district. Its called Free Elections.

    You see the US is not Cuba where Fidel has been Presidente since 1959. There have been 10 different MEN electeted Presdient since 1959 but only ONE MAN, the SAME MAN, Castro, who for 48 years has been the ONLY Presidente of Cuba. And now as a literal dictator, Fidel is too weak to be Presidente, so his BROTHER, ANOTHER Castro will take over the family business.

    As far as Mecca and the rest, their fate lies in the hands of TRUE Muslims who want to preserve Mecca, the Kabba, and are motivated to stop, disband, destroy al qada and similar Islamofascist criminal gangs.

    August 23, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. G. Thompson, Ft. Hood, TX

    <Is this guy on drugs, or something? He wants to attack
    Saudi Arabia, because some 'unknown' attacks the U.S.? Does he understand first, that that would be wrong & second, there are over 6 million Muslims in the U.S. I'm a nonpracticing Muslim and I was taken aback by his idiotic comments. How can someone obviously so ignorant make it so far in public office? Oh, never mind; "W".

    August 25, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Tom Tancredo in '08 or in Guliani or McCains or Rommney's cabinet

    Not "some unknown". The "known" of Islamofascist Al Qada and the Islamofascist Regime of iran.

    I've yet to see TRUE Muslims in the US or anywhere march en mass denouncing Al Qada and Wahabbism.

    The suicidal "wrong" would be a nuke attack on the US.

    If there are 6 million Muslims in the US, whose side are they on? The US or Al Qada?

    Is Saudi Arabia helping the US capture Al Qada? If so why isn't Saudi Arabia doing it publically – not under cover?

    A Saudi would be able to blend in and find Osama more easily than an American.

    August 26, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. gerry

    there is no way he'll gonna make it to the White House. not even a slight chance. Provocative (if not called stupid) statement like that will only put him on the bottom of polling position.

    What a moron..

    August 27, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Ardentor

    Great words Tancredo, finally a man who knows what it takes to defeat the cult that is set to devour western civilization unless halted soon.

    August 28, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  10. Lewis, United Kingdom.

    Haha, you Americans should definitely vote this guy for president... But if it were up to me I would get the muslims in North America and Europe out and back to the Middle East, and then do what this guy suggests.

    August 29, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. J. K. Nalgon, Pueblo, Colorado

    Brilliant, Tom! Let's also nuke a few Christian churches down in Oklahoma in order to deter any potential Timothy McVeighs.

    September 2, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Alex Seredin, Delray Beach, Florida

    The Tancredo Doctrine would be useful policy for the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, India, Israel, Australia.

    September 3, 2007 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  13. Sierra, Los Angeles CA

    Bombing and destroying religious lands in the Middle East would not only anger those in the Middle East, but would be a personal affront to anyone of the Muslim faith here in America. Tom Tancredo is sending a message of intolerant, religious hatred to those both overseas and to those belonging to the American Muslim community.

    Actually, he'd be destroying everything we hold dear in America regarding religious tolerance and treating everyone of different faiths equally. Destroying Mecca and Medina would basically give dangerous precedence to others that it's a legitimate form of political exchange and tactic to bomb Jerusalem, the Holy Mount, St. Paul's Cathedral, Stonehenge, or any other site that holds religious or spiritual significance to other persons of faith.

    And this is coming from an agnostic, not a person of any particular faith. And how is this going to help the future of mankind? What a stain on future history books – "Here's the site that used to be Mecca, the most holy of Muslim sites, but America destroyed it in 2010 after Tom Tancredo was elected President."

    Let's not let this "gentleman" from Colorado have any more years of service in the Representative body, please???

    September 12, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. E. Kulseth, Trondheim, Norway.

    The US is not at war with every muslim in the world as the situation stands today; bomb Mecca and Medina, and it certainly will be.

    My guess is that five minutes after such an attack takes place (and I'll pray to any god willing to listen that it never does), we'll see bin Laden on TV, wearing his biggest Cheshire Cat grin, going 'See, I told you! America hates islam, so go get'em...', and how will he be proven wrong at that point?

    September 12, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. Randy Phillips, SF, CA

    Quisling of Norway, it seems the best thing for Islam to do, is to track down and capture/kill bin Laden and al qada before Islam suffers a retaliatory nakba.

    If our "friends" in Saudi Arabia are on our side, Saudi troops should be PUBLIC members of the coalition forces tracking down osama. Public to demonstrate to the World that Saudi Arabia is NOT a supporter of al qada.

    But I don't believe they are. Perhaps a conflict of interest?

    September 17, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Roz, Toronto, Ontario

    Im sorry to say that is just bigotry coming out without logic. Like saying UK should have bombed the Vatican in retaliation for the IRA. What's sad is that people get away with saying these kinds of things when they would dare not say that about any other culture or group of people.

    November 14, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |


    November 29, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  18. latif

    if you were to bomb a site like that you will bring so much pain to the usa. i dont think you would want to do that to the u.s people

    December 1, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. matthew john dudzik, brookfeld w.i. 21940 foxhaven run #7

    thats not crazy, thats called strategy.!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 16, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. eric house

    Why are you people so weak? Tancredo is right on the dot with this idea.
    Tell me does anyone remember how the world tried to appease Hitler throughout the 30's? What did it get the world accept a stronger enemy to have to fight in the end. These Muslim nations mean exactly what they are saying when they say we as America are "the great Satan" and when they call on a holy war for our destruction. The Muslims have a serious weak point, their religion, to be a real Muslim they must at least once in their lives make a pilgrimage to Mecca, their holy sites are "precious" to them, we should use our ability to turn their holy sites into nuclear wastelands as a way of stopping them from attacking America. No one wants this to happen, but it is time for the "good muslims" to stop sitting on the fence on this issue, and to get a leash on their dog. We need to "motivate" them, The pentagon is a national holy site in a secular way, did they have a problem flying planes into it? We should openly at the UN tell the Russians and the Chineese that we are opening two of our ICBM missle launch sites and that these missles are pointed at both Mecca and Meddina, if they truly love their God, and their religion, they will come to the table and talk like civilized people, if not then they are responsible for those cities destruction.

    January 4, 2008 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  21. Mike

    How soon can we start?

    January 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Mike

    WOW! You push a strong point but you are forgetting that the main part of muslim is not violent. The vast magority are very good and peacful people.. supprise but just like me or any God loving christian we have the same type of values. Lets just stop for 1 second and realize we are all humans...............................

    Well not to mention there is a reason for people to feel oppressed, especially to the point were they are willing to give there lives. I not implying that bombers are justified just that we should look at there actions as casusal. one event (called cause) and another event (called effect) which is the consequence (result) Everything is done for a reason, whethier you are christian, muslim, jew buddist, bla bla bla ... ECT. Any of these people would do extreme things if there way of life was disturbed/threatened enough. OH and have they, Dear God look what the christians did in the first crusades when they fianally breached Jerusalems walls. Well The texts speak litterally of rivers of blood, not a singal musslim was spared.

    My rant does have a point, And that is that seperation of church and state was part of our constitution. If we declare war on Islam we are underming every foundation this country ever stood for!!!!

    January 13, 2008 03:54 am at 3:54 am |
  23. zeeshan

    yes that's an peace loving comment .that west belives

    January 28, 2008 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
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