U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo clarifies 'nuke Mecca' comments
Friday, July 22, 2005
Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has clarified his earlier statement that "you could take out their holy sites," in the event of a nuclear attack upon the U.S. by terrorists. Rep. Tancredo has refused to make any apologies, saying "When we bombed Hiroshima, when we bombed Dresden, we punished a lot of people who were not necessarily (guilty). Not every German was a member of the Nazi Party. You do things in war that are ugly." However, Tancredo emphasized that he was speaking hypothetically and not necessarily suggesting policy.
The remarks, made in a July 15th radio interview, hosted by Pat Campbell of WFLA in Orlando, Florida, have drawn support from conservatives groups such as and , and have offended the American Muslim community. In the interview, Tancredo discussed his request for information from the Justice Department regarding the claim of evangelical Christian journalist that al-Qaida has smuggled multiple nuclear weapons into the U.S.
- Rocky Mountain News. "Transcript of Tancredo's comment" — , July 18, 2005
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- Art Moore. "Tancredo clarifies 'ultimate response'" — , July 21, 2005
- "Congressman suggests way to retaliate for nuclear terror" — , July 18, 2005
- Douglas J. Hagmann. "U.S. Nuke Threat: We Could Nuke Mecca" — , July 19, 2005
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- Joseph Farah. "Al-Qaida nukes already in U.S." — , July 11, 2005
- Tom Tancredo. Interview by Pat Campbell <[ broken link]> — , July 15, 2005
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