Dear Editor,

Jul 192005

Rep. Tom Tancredo's hypothetical comments on bombing of Islamic Holy sites are extremely irresponsible and border on the dangerous. Dangerous to all Americans abroad, whether they are tourists, missionaries, or soldiers due to the hate that such speech incites. Further, it bespeaks of a barbaric thought process similar to what the Taliban exemplified when they destroyed an unoffending statute of the Buddha in Afghanistan.

Doesn't the esteemed Representative recall what happened when news spread that the Koran had been desecrated in Guantanamo Bay? To what purpose do these ridiculous comments serve other than to further inflame Islamic passions and the call of their version of the fundamental right for Jihad against what they consider to be foreign infidels perpetrating a crusade against Islam.

I'm sure that now worried thoughts are passing through the minds of innocent individuals in Jerusalem, the Vatican, Lourdes, Fatima, and many other Western holy sites due to the ill-considered comments of Rep. Tancredo. What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and the "eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth" idea was invented in that part of the world where indiscriminate bombings and terrorist acts are now the daily norm.

Rep. Tancredo not only needs to apologize for these idiotic comments, but he needs to go the distance and retract them for the benefit of peace and cultural harmony. However, if what Rep. Tancredo is actually interested in is further escalation of violence in the Middle East against Westerners, then he's chosen the correct path. Sad to say, it's a rocky and slippery path that others will have to walk in Rep. Tancredo's stead.



Alfred P. Reaud

Fort Collins

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