And the Vatican will be attacked in retaliation.
The discussion around Tancredo’s remarks has generally run in this direction: some say the threat to destroy Muslim holy sites would be an effective deterrent against a major jihad terror attack, while others counter that this threat will only enflame the Islamic world and turn it more vehemently against us. These members of the Pakistani National Assembly favor that view: Tancredo may envision a scenario in which peaceful Muslims will be moved by fear of losing their holy site to rein in the jihadists far more energetically than they have done up to this point, but instead all we see here are howls of outrage and threats of retaliation. Maybe a threat intended to deter just won’t work with a revenge culture; it will only become a pretext for counterthreats.
What I find noteworthy is that Ejaz Chaudhry threatens a billion suicide bombers. He doesn’t threaten a general war of all Muslim countries against the U.S.; instead, he threatens that almost all the world’s Muslims will take up a tactic that we are endlessly told the majority of them abhor as un-Islamic, since “Islam forbids suicide.” This echoes what Dinesh D’Souza charged about my critical writings on Islam and jihad: that an examination of the elements of Islam that jihadists use to make recruits and incite to violence would drive peaceful Muslims to become jihadists themselves. What I don’t understand in both cases is why any provocation would lead them to adopt a stance that they had hitherto condemned as immoral. There are plenty of ways to retaliate short of suicide bombing; if one billion Muslims really condemn suicide bombing as contravening the Qur’an’s prohibition against suicide, why would they adopt the practice under any provocation?
“One billion Muslims to turn into suicide bombers if Makkah, Madina are attacked: NA,” from the Pakistan News Service :
ISLAMABAD: The treasury and opposition members in National Assembly (NA) Wednesday have made it clear on US that one billion Muslims will turn into suicide bombers if the holiest places of Makkah and Madina are attacked and warned Vetican City will not remain secure if any such threat is materialized.
They said this unanimously while participating in debate on foreign policy. Opposition legislator Ghulam Murtaza Satti said US was pursuing double standards. Those talking of launching any military offensive against Makkah and Medina are accursed. This will not happen nor will we allow it to happen.
Treasury member Rozina Tufail said Benazir Bhutto was striking deal with government and was seeking guarantee from US. If US presidential candidates are giving offensive statements then our candidates can also say that Vetican be attacked during the election campaign in the upcoming elections “, she added.
JUI-S legislator Hamid ul Haqqani said Muslim Ummah was facing the situation the sketch of which was presented by the last prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) 1400 years back.
Treasury member Ejaz Chaudhry said US was not friend of any one. ” We will teach the lesson to US if it dares to come forward to attack upon us. Americans are coward nation and they can do nothing. Army should not target their brethren. US aid is like killer disease AIDS We curse it. The whole nation does not want US aid. Those who are targeting humanity and justice are terrorists. Those who are engaged in freedom war are freedom fighters. US ship is close to sink. It is hurling threats like a coward.
He demanded president and prime minister should stop holding any talk with junior US officials like Richard Boucher. “If US dared to hatch unholy conspiracy to attack Makkah and Medina then one billion Muslims will become suicide bombers and I will also be among them”, he added.