Rep. Tancredo (R-Co) told a Florida radio talk show that if terrorists would
use nuclear weapons against us, we would target their holy places such as Mecca.
Needless to say this story is gaining momentum and the words the Congressman
used can have serious repercussions against not only our homeland, but also our
Last week a Chinese General made a statement that if we would go to war
against China in order to defend Taiwan, they could strike us with nuclear
weapons. Ironically this was the same kind of rhetoric used by the Congressman.
Now on July 14, 2005, the Congressman issued a
press release regarding this
Tancredo Slams Senior Chinese Official for Nuke Threat
Congressman Demands Apology, Repudiation of Threat from Chinese Government
WASHINGTON, D.C. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) demanded an immediate
apology and unequivocal repudiation of Major General Zhu ChenghuÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s nuclear
threat against the United States.
In an astonishing moment of candor, Zhu, a widely-published PRC defense
strategist and senior government official, told an assembly of foreign
reporters, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIf the Americans draw their missiles and position-guided
ammunition on to the target zone on China’s territory, I think we will have to
respond with nuclear weapons.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Zhu went on to state that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“ChinaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s territoryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢
includes Taiwan, Chinese warships and aircraft.
Zhu refused to back down from his comments, elaborating with morbid detail:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe . . . will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east
of Xian. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds . . .
of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Tancredo chided ChinaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s communist government, noting that, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œFor a senior
government official to exhibit such tremendous stupidity by making such a
brazen threat is hardly characteristic of a modern nation ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ particularly one
planning to host the Olympic Games.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Tancredo also warned the Chinese ambassador in a letter that such statements
shake the very foundation of the U.S.- China relationship, and could have dire
consequences for China, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAs you know very well, the U.S. decision to recognize
Communist China in 1979 was predicated on the commitment of your country to
resolve its differences with Taiwan peacefully,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Tancedo. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMr. ZhuÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s
statements, coming in the wake of a decision by your rubber-stamp ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“parliamentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢
to pass the so-called ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“anti-secessionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ law ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ which explicitly authorized the
use of force against Taiwan ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ have made it increasingly clear that your
nationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s commitment to resolving this issue peacefully is insincere.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIf China continues to walk down this destructive path, I believe that the
United States may be forced to revisit the decision to establish diplomatic
ties with your country in the first place.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Tancredo concluded, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIf there were ever a question of whether ChinaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s bid to
take over Unocal would pass American review, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s clear theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve nuked that
This just goes to show you the level of hypocrisy the Republican politicians
will go to.