Jul 30 2007
Keith Ellison has been a real challenge for the Democrats. Being the first US Congressman who is also a Muslim America gave him a chance to represent a different side of Islam than that protrayed so vividly on 9-11. Sadly he has failed as he has fallen for the “Bush did 9-11” silliness that pervades the far left. In his most recent fumble he compared Bush to Hitler and 9-11 to the Reichstag fire which helped launch the Nazi movement and the holocaust.
Now Ellison is being challenged by Muslims in Iraq to help them fight the Islamo Fascists of al-Qaeda:
Rep. Keith Ellison made a weekend trip to Iraq, where a pair of sheiks urged Congress’ only Muslim lawmaker to help in countering al-Qaeda’s vision of Islam.
Ellison, D-Minn., said he met in Ramadi in Anbar province with the two sheiks, who oversee several hundred thousand congregants.
“They were very upset and concerned that al-Qaeda is misrepresenting Islam,” Ellison told reporters on a conference call Monday from Germany, on his way back to the U.S. “And they were talking to me about what I can possibly do to work with them to give a clearer, more accurate picture of what Islam is all about.”
“The success in Ramadi is not just because of bombs and bullets, but because the U.S. and Iraqi military and the Iraqi police are partnering with the tribal leadership and the religious leadership,” he said. “So they’re not trying to just bomb people into submission. What they’re doing is respecting the people, giving the people some control over their own lives.”
Rep Ellison obviously confused Americans with al-Qaeda, because it is al-Qaeda that is bombing Iraqis into submission. It is al-Qaeda that kills families and leaves a lone child to recall the horror to enforce the rules. It is al-Qaeda which detonates chlorine bombs in market places and near schools. Rep Ellison has met the problem – and it is him. Ellison, if he is good to his word to the Muslims in Iraq, will put his support behind The Surge and he will make sure our forces remain long enough to let the Iraqis gain control and purge Iraq of al-Qaeda. Or else he will have sold his religion for partisan gain.