Maybe I was wrong here: maybe the threat to target Muslim holy sites would be an effective deterrent to terrorist activity. Certainly if it has jihadist thugs like the Hizb-ut-Tahrir gang in a froth, it demonstrably rattles them. In any case, I firmly believe there should be a free and open discussion of this question, not a witch-hunt targeting Congressman Tancredo.
From the IANS, with thanks to Nicolei:
Hundreds of Islamic fundamentalists took to the streets in this Bangladeshi capital Friday denouncing the remarks made by a US congressman against Muslim holy cities of Makkah and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Led by Islamic outfit Hizbut Tahrir, they took out a procession after the noon prayer and held a rally near the national mosque in downtown Purana Paltan.
They chanted slogans against the US, India and Israel branding them anti-Islamic forces.
Hizbut Tahrir leaders urged the Muslim community to stand up against the US threat of aggression against Islam. They said Muslims of the world would protect their holy places with their blood, if needed.