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July 21, 2005
Al Bayane - Original Article (French)
The Islamic Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (ISESCO) expressed its indignation at the extremist
declarations made by Congressman Tom Tancredo [A Colorado Republican], who
insinuated the capacity of the
[Tancredo made the comments in a conversation
with talk-radio host Pat Campbell at WFLA in Orlando, Florida. They were discussing an article on the conservative
Internet site WorldNetDaily that said Islamic terrorists have brought nuclear
devices across the Mexican border, preparing for an attack on the interior
Tancredo: Well, what if you said something like - if this
happens in the
Cambell: You're talking about bombing Mecca.
The Organization said in an official statement that the declarations of the Congressman are themselves the height of extremism, reflect a terrorist intent and convey fundamentalist views in the service of terrorism.
ISESCO underscored that such declarations emanating from a person who is supposed to represent the American people seriously undermines the relations of his country and the world’s Islamic States, and hampers the efforts deployed to counteract terrorism and foster a constructive dialogue among cultures and civilizations.
ISESCO, which gathers fifty-one member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, pointed out that it is the conscience of the Islamic world. Hence, in their name, it denounces these extremist declarations by a member of the U.S. Congress, which run counter to the spirit of international law as they may further escalate tensions which prevails in today’s world.
In addition, ISESCO called upon governments,
parliaments, legislative bodies, organizations and civic groups in the Islamic
world to denounce these declarations both within the