Rep. Tancredo Responds concerning criticism of his suggestion that Mecca and Medina ought to be on the table for nuclear retaliation:
"Many critics of my statements have characterized them as 'offensive,' and indeed they may have offended some. But in this battle against fundamentalist Islam, I am hardly preoccupied with political correctness, or who may or may not be offended. Indeed, al-Qaeda cares little if the Western world is 'offended' by televised images of hostages beheaded in Iraq, subway bombings in London, train attacks in Madrid, or Americans jumping to their death from the Twin Towers as they collapsed."
This guy is getting skewered on many blogs. I've seen him called crazy, an idiot that sort of thing.
I don't think it is so crazy and is the correct attitude to face this threat with. Think about it, we are dealing with cultures so flawed in their thinking that they actually believe it was the US government or the Israelis that caused 9/11 or the same were behind the recent attacks in the Sinai.
Now somebody of authority has placed the idea in the flow of global information. The waters have been tainted. Whether we should or would do it is an open question but the idea is now in their collective minds. Personally I prefer Peshwar, Lahore, Damascus and the Iranian nuclear sites. Shoot in amongst them just to be sure we get the ones responsible. There is a price to pay if we are pushed too far.