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Keith Ellison: ‘I honestly don’t believe most people in the Middle East hate America’

Rep. Keith Ellison
REUTERS/Esam Al-FetoriRep. Keith Ellison

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  1. Submitted by Chuck Johnson on 09/20/2012 - 10:57 am.

    I Had the Very Positive Experience of Living Amongst Arabs….

    …mostly students here in America some years ago. We would routinely socialize together, and they were very respectful to me and my later to become wife of the last 34 years. I would wholeheartedly agree with Ellison that Americans are, for the most part, not hated, and indeed are liked.

    That is despite the fact that our government, acting from the pocket of the Israeli Lobby, has gone overboard in aiding and abetting Israeli land theft and oppression in Palestine. It is a credit to the very strong attraction of Western Culture that we are not hated. Of course if Romney, or Obama, or whoever, decides to throw the poop at the fan and attack Iran, we will probably get the World War III we deserve for meddling overseas where we make no serious effort to understand their complaints about the American government, including it’s overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddegh, and installation of Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī. Since that time, our government has almost systematically done everything in it’s power to alienate Arabs. But hey, how else is Israel going to achieve Lebensraum if they can’t if they can’t hijack American military, money, and veto power in the UN for their own benefit.

  2. Submitted by Richard Pecar on 09/20/2012 - 11:32 am.

    Rep. Ellison sounds reasonable to me

    I find Rep. Ellison’s views very worthy. Actually, I will go so far as to suggest he may be the only member in congress from Minnesota’s delegation that isn’t a sensationalist or one of the nibblers-of-the-edges. I like the ones who square their shoulders and face the problems.

    Minnesota seems to have elected its share of congressional chicken/hawks plus a few that has heard the snap of a bullet on the battlefield but didn’t learn the lesson that violence only begets violence. We have eleced a few follows too.

    Keep working Re. Ellison.

    Did I forget to mention I am an ex-Marine and once endorsed Republican candidate for the Minnesota legislature in 1988? Good luck Rep. Ellison!

  3. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 09/20/2012 - 02:18 pm.

    Rep Ellison, a rare blessing for these times

    I really like Keith Ellison and I suppose it’s because I trust him.That’s hard to find in a politician nowadays.

    I listen to him and have yet to find a point of view I disagree with. He brings a good deal of pride back to Minnesota. Minnesota can use a little more of that lately…congress too.

  4. Submitted by Rosalind Kohls on 09/20/2012 - 03:01 pm.

    not representative

    I don’t believe the people Keith Ellison talked to in Tahrir Square were representative of Egypt, much less of Muslims in general. How many of the people were women? 50 percent? If there were women participating in the discussion, were they bare-headed? If the people were interested in a secular government, how did they end up choosing a theocrat like Morsi for a leader? Maybe Ellison is right that they don’t hate us, but they do believe they are our superiors and we should submit to their will. The more we apologize and fear them, the more they like it.

    • Submitted by Richard Pecar on 09/20/2012 - 10:43 pm.

      Think this through a bit more…

      What if we neither apologize or fear the Muslims nor submit to their will. How about we just respect people who believe differently than us?

      For the last couple of centuries or so the good ole USA often believed itself better and sometimes a little superior to about everyone. And in many cases we were and still are to an extent…but not in every instance or all the time. Near 40-years ago we lost over 750,000 troops in Vietnam, anybody remember why? Anybody care today other than the families of the troops lost? Nope, that was a time we just thought ourselves superior and learned we weren’t.

      There is no playbook for forming a democracy; Americans should know that by now. All democracies may look a little different. So what? In the last six months new nations were being born right in front of our eyes. Today their peoples and governments need time to figure out who they are what they will stand for.

      It wasn’t like American women were treated in a stellar fashion in the thirteen colonies while our democracy was forming. Some were burned at the stake and others forced to run plantations without rights to the property.

  5. Submitted by David Frenkel on 09/20/2012 - 03:51 pm.


    What also needs to be addressed is what has made this reason so volitile is the weapons industry which is dominated by the US and Russia. The US and Russia view the weapons trade as just another export except when these weapons get in the hands of yesterdays friends and todays foe.
    Throw in the mix Irans nuclear ambitions and the region is a tinderbox.

  6. Submitted by frank watson on 09/21/2012 - 01:30 pm.

    Head in the Sand

    “flash events like these protests”…. That just happened to occur on September 11. Deny, Deny, Deny.

  7. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 09/22/2012 - 07:58 pm.

    Hate us?

    How could they hate us? Islam is a religion of Love!

  8. Submitted by Mike Downing on 03/11/2013 - 10:56 am.


    If only 10% of Muslims hate America, that means 100 million Muslims hate America, hate what we stand for and support Jihad against America. Ellison is either naive or is part of the “silent Jihad” against America.

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