Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Tancredo a Glutton for National Security

Dear Rep. Tancredo,

I read today that you told a caller to a radio show you appeared on in South Carolina that, although you don't want to bomb Mecca, "nothing should be taken off the table when you're trying to defend your own country."

But Mecca is not the source of the threat against our country. It is a pilgrimage site for millions of innocent Muslims. The real source for that type of hatred and twisted religious thought comes from the madrassas of Pakistan, based in Saudi wahhabism and supported with Saudi money. Wouldn't it make more sense to nuke Islamabad and Riyadh?

However, here in Colorado, I feel more threatened by Randall Terry, who said, "I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you... I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good... Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism." (The News-Sentinal, Fort Wayne, Ind., 8/16/93) This is the same kind of violent religious rhetoric that Muslim terrorists use to justify their acts. Eric Rudolph and Stephen John Jordi, an actual and a would-be bomber of health clinics, were motivated by such rhetoric.

Or how about Neal Horsley, who posted a website with the names and addresses of doctors who performed abortions after Paul Hill killed one such doctor in his home? Shouldn't he be arrested and executed if it's shown he inspired a murder?

Shouldn't we send troops to destroy outposts of the Aryan Nation, and arrest and execute James P. Wickstrom, a self-described enemy of the United States who has advocated murdering the President?

These are actual sources who spread the kind of hatred and twisted religious ferver which inspires and sustains terrorism all around the world, and they are a threat to the security of the United States.

At the very least, since nothing should be taken off the table, perhaps we should identify those individuals and groups which we determine to pose the greatest threat and tag them with microchips or bar codes so their every movement can be monitored. In fact, we should not only tag every person who enters the United States -- those who enter through the gates of the 20' tall wall that will surround the U.S., guarded by armed militias, that is -- but also every citizen, as you never know who might someday undergo a sudden conversion to religious fanaticism.

Any suspicious activity would land the guilty in indefinite detention, and those infected with anti-US hatred -- defined as attempts to understand the phenomenon of anti-US hatred -- could be deprogrammed.

Nothing should be taken off the table when it comes to defending the United States.

Julie O.

[I'm guessing if Tancredo's office has a watchlist, I'm on it.]

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