2005 News Story

Prince Bandar calls recent comments by Rep. Tancredo “abhorrent and irresponsible”

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan wrote Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colorado) a letter in response to the congressman’s recent remark that the United States could attack Muslim holy sites in retaliation for a terrorist assault on US soil.

The idea that Tancredo finds such an attack acceptable is “abhorrent and irresponsible and undermines the extensive work being done by Saudi Arabia, the United States and our global partners to combat terrorism and destroy its supporters – financial, ideological or otherwise,” the prince said in his letter.

“The world is not at war with Islam. The world is at war with an extremist, terrorist minority manifesting itself in groups such as Al-Qaeda, which have attempted to hijack a peaceful and tolerant faith for their own malevolent purposes,” Prince Bandar wrote.

He pointed out that there are more than one billion Muslims in the world, and that the acts of a few should not malign the reputation of millions. “Not every Christian, after all, is a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” the prince stated.

“For someone in your position to make such a comment publicly, however ‘hypothetical’ it may have been, derides the message of understanding and compassion that is now being spread throughout the global community,” the ambassador wrote to Tancredo. “I hope at some point you take the time to reconsider your statement.”