Look at the face of this man. This Republican representative from the state of Colorado recently said something so xenophobic that even the US State Department had to stand up and react. Representative Tom Tancredo stated in a forum that he will deter any aggression to the United States by assuring the rest of the world that an attack to the US should equate to an attack on Muslim holy sites. He further defended this claim by saying that someone who wouldn’t do the same is “unfit to be president”.
Just hold it right there.
Has anyone told this guy that the war against terror isn’t exactly a war against Islam? Though majority of the terrorist cells that the US are trying to annihilate all have links to the Islamic faith, they do not necessarily encapsulate and embody what it is to be Muslim. Despite the stubbornness of George Bush, the US has been very clear that the war doesn’t single out Muslims. The war against terror is a war against those who seek to promote chaos and disorder by carrying out massive and destructive plots against civilian lives and civilian property. Clearly, Islam doesn’t promote such form of genocide.
To bomb the Holy City of Mecca, let alone to suggest the possibility of doing so, just heightens the divide between the Muslims and people of other faiths. This promotes greater misunderstanding and with it comes an increased risk of confrontations and conflicts that are simply brought about by simple misconceptions and prejudice. Lawmakers need to be more responsible than that.
To parrot the title, it’s great he won’t be president.