Keith Ellison: Don't celebrate Qaddafi's death

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Keith Ellison: Relieved, but not "happy" about Qaddafi's death.
Muammar Qaddafi is finally, mercifully, dead. After a 40-year reign of terror inflicted upon his own people, other Africans, Europeans, and Americans, the Libyan dictator has been killed by his own people. According to graphic images posted by Al-Jazeera, Qaddafi's body is now being dragged through the street.

But not everyone is ready to jump in the conga line and dance on Muammar's grave.

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison had an early message for his Twitter followers, which expressed relief for Libyans, and hope for the future of people there and in other Arab countries.

But, Ellison cautioned, no one should celebrate the end of a human life.

Ellison's thought, which was immediately retweeted by dozens of followers, went like this:

Never celebrate death of anyone, even bad people. But Libyans are safer now without Khadaffi. Arab world is breaking free.
Oct 20 via Twitter for iPadFavoriteRetweetReply


One follower tweeted back at Ellison, agreeing with the congressman but pointing out that "vanquishing an evil is cause for relief." Ellison responded, "yes. Relief, not celebration."

Ellison's quick, nuanced reaction is a departure from his public statements after the killing of Osama bin Laden. As highlighted by Smart Politics researcher Eric Ostermeier, Ellison was the last of Minnesota's congressional delegation to react to bin Laden's death.

And on Twitter, Ellison allowed about 18 hours -- or, in the ward-speed world of social media, a lifetime -- to pass by before tweeting about bin Laden's death. In that case, as in Qaddafi's, Ellison was not ready to shout "Woohoo!" while running through the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

OBL responsible for mass killing in US, Palistan, Iraq, Kenya, Tanzania and more. Plus fear and suffering for many.
May 02 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply


To paraphrase Clarence Darrow, it seems that Keith Ellison has never called for another man's death -- but he's read a couple of obituaries with relief.


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Djg856
Djg856

So shall we mourn him instead?! lol  I'm sorry, but especially if I had been one of his victims, or a victim's family member or friend, I'd personally be CELEBRATING too...wouldn't Mr. Ellison?!

I am thankful that he is gone; however, I don't feel it's respectful to drag anyone's body around OR show pics, especially repeatedly!  Thank GOD he is dead....now Libya can try to move on. 

Kate
Kate

According to Fox News some of Qaddafi's final words are directed at the rebels who have him.  Qaddafi tells them: "What you are doing is forbidden in Islamic law."  Now we know where violent Qaddafi gets his ideology from.  It is good for the world when a murderer like Qaddafi is gone because it prevents future murder from such a murderer.  I think we need to focus, however, on  the violence that is "Islamic law."  It is obvious that its teachings are of pure violence from the long list of terrorists who follow it.  Islamic law needs to be illegal because it is the cause of so much violence.  It is comparable to Nazism.

Dustin N'Guyen
Dustin N'Guyen

The eradication of evil should be celebrated.  The world is a better place today. 

Nelsonwa
Nelsonwa

She wants to celebrate the death of Rush Limbaugh???

Sparky
Sparky

Mr. Ellison.  Please give me a call.  I'd love to show you the 30" of scars on my legs and abdomen from being blown up by Qaddafi agents on 05 April 1986.  Bye the bye, would you also grab me a new cane, the one I'm using to get around seems to be getting worn out.

Scoops
Scoops

So is it Qadafi, Kadaffi, or Gadafi?

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I don't think its necessarily wrong to celebrate deaths of people like OBL, Khadaffi, and Rush Limbaugh but I respect the humanity of Rep. Keith Ellison.   It's good to see a man of faith leading America by striving to be the best possible human he can be.  I think Rep. Ellison's compassion is something we all could learn from, even if we don't have the strength to feel the same. 

Guy
Guy

Fuck Twitter

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Keith Ellison is a Muslim and is such a peaceful gentle man that he attempts to find compassion for even his enemies.   Instead of going along with the herd he makes a reasonable statement that attempts to make all people better people.  His position isn't easy or popular.  Keith makes these statements not because they are popular but because he believes they are the right thing.  He is acting exactly like Jesus would act when faced with the death of his enemies.    Do you think Jesus would be talking about compassion and forgiveness when faced with Qaddafi's death or would he be demonizing an entire group of people like you did?    I think you could learn a lot from a Muslim like Keith Ellison. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You wouldn't celebrate the death of Rush Limbaugh?   He said he wanted America to fail.  He's a racist.  He's a junkie con artist.   He is nothing but a fat evil cancer to the world and like Khadaffi it will be awesome when he dies.   The only people that will be sad will be Republican racists that love his show and yes I'm saying you have to be racist to like Rush Limbaugh.   That is indisputable fact. 

jp
jp

She's a he, and he's a fucking retard, brainwashed liberal that eats, sleeps and shits msnbc and their socialist agenda.

NewsDog
NewsDog

The death of a despot by any name is just as sweet 

Mike W.
Mike W.

Depends on which Arabic linguist and/or news organization you ask.

jp
jp

Wow you're a dipshit. Gotta throw that in there, didn't you. Grow up and realize that life doesn't revolve around politics. Unless of course your fucking brain can't get msnbc programming out of it. Qaddafi being killed was a great thing to happen to the world and especially the the libyans. Be a human for a change and not a msnbc robot.

I Don't Like You
I Don't Like You

I'll celebrate the death of your idiotic comments to every post on this site.

Djg856
Djg856

Michelle, I agree with alot of what you have said. I don't think Jesus would come up to those victims or victims families or our injured soldiers & immediately say, "you need to forgive him"...I feel Jesus would show compassion for the victims & not try to SQUASH their feelings of deep pain, PTSD, loss and more. He would listen to the victims & allow them to get out their feelings...everyone knows, that Jesus wants us all to forgive 70 x 7 but immediately? That is impossible unless a person is braindead. I do think Ellison on the whole is a peaceful, gentle person, but he is also a Muslim. Perhaps he is somewhat embarrassed by how people there are acting ....celebrating!?!  

To say what he did so soon after is hmmm...it appears to me that he is trying to be some hero by almost acting like he IS the Almighty. To say what he did, in ways, in MY opinion....is just bringing glory to himself....while minimizing MULTITUDES who personally did & ARE grieving losses of people they love, witnessing physical disfigurations, & LIVING totally different lives, because his behavior was DEMONIC! 

Markie Dayton
Markie Dayton

Keith Ellison is a politician and nothing like Jesus! I raised a glass of wine and toasted Obama for killing Qaddafi. Obama KILLED Qaddafi and Ellison is a politician who needs to support his President.

jp
jp

you have to be the stupidest person i've ever come in contact with.  why i'm even wasting my time arguing with you is beyond me.  being the stupid liberal you are, it doesn't suprise me that you support a party that laid the very foundation for racism in this country.  every comment you post about republicans or conservatives being racist makes you look dumber by the second.  even the senate majority leader made racist comments about your almighty one.  get rid of the race card against republicans, it doesn't apply.  why don't you try arguing all the positives that obama has done for this country during his reign?  or isn't 3 years enough time yet?  and don't pretend that your tv isn't permanently tuned to msnbc.  only there could you find such a stupid agenda.  if you believe them, i have some prime real estate in antarctica for you to look at

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I'm sure Rush's death due to an Oxycontin overdose will be pretty funny to you too dude.    Who won't find it funny when a junkie con artist dies? 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Jesus isn't a politician.   He doesn't tell people what they want to hear, he tells them what is right.    Forgiveness is a basic tenant of Christianity.   Jesus would tell anyone immediately the path of peace lies in forgiveness.  I just think it shows how far Christians have strayed from the teachings of their own religion that you would accuse Keith Ellison of grandstanding.  I'm an agnostic and even I know Jesus said to love your enemies.   Lots of people don't want to hear that when they are hurt and grieving but that is how Jesus acted.   Usually what Jesus was talking about was forgiving your enemies, caring for the poor, and visiting prisoners.  Surprisingly very little of what Jesus said was easy to do, you know like being a bigot against gay people and Muslims.  Sadly Christians today ignore the helping the poor stuff and forgiving your enemies so they can focus on how evil it is that gay people want to live their lives together and find happiness.  Riddle me this Batman, did Jesus go to the temple and cast out the homosexuals or the bankers?   I bet if Jesus was around today the cops would be shooting him with pepper spray, tear gas, and flash bangs as he tended to the wounded at an Occupy Wall Street event. 

jp
jp

you dipshit.  every post you put up keeps getting better and better.  you can't get over the fact that no one on the right liked bush.  why is that?  nothing else to bitch about?   if obl had been killed in 2013, you'd be saying the exact same thing as me.  give obama's administration credit, which i would as well.  come up with something else to bitch about.  or try supporting something that obama does, i know it's hard to find something, but give it a shot.  until you can come up with something other than blaming bush for all of obama's failures, keep your ridiculously stupid rants to yourself.  and djg, look in the mirror if you want to see denial.  anyone that keeps supporting obama and his failures is clearly delusional.  try backing that statement up with something. 

Djg856
Djg856

Rush is a very sick man, & someone here is in very DEEP DENIAL .....

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You don't like Bush you just want to make sure he gets credit for something he had nothing to do with.(killing Osama)    Why do Republicans feel the need to lie about everything they say?    I mean if you hate Bush so much then why defend him and say he deserves credit for the positive things he did?   Bush did nothing positive.  He's a scumbag war profiteer criminal who should be in jail for his crimes.   The only thing that kept the United States from a depression and further stupidity is Obama.   Your brainless party tried to make Sarah Palin the Vice President for crying out loud.  I highly doubt you hate Bush, that's a pretty common lie from idiots that supported Bush for 8 years.   If you hate Bush so much you'd be a Democrat.    The Republicans have learned zero lessons from Bush.   Every idiot that is running for the Republican nomination is just a dumber more bigoted version of Bush.  Seriously what is one position Republicans have changed since Bush left office?   Name one please or shut up. 

jp
jp

when will you idiot liberals figure out that we didn't like bush either?  your stupid rant was a waste of time.  yes, he was a horrible president, there is no arguing that.  but his administration put all the peices in place, to which also there is no denying.  i don't care who the president was, the world is a better place now that he's gone.  and you're the one that brought up and supports sharia law, not me.  and if you think anyone is scared of it, wake up.  it's just something fun to laugh at. i find it funny that you can't argue any of the ridiculous claims that you made for positives of obama.  all you can do is what most brainwashed liberals do, BLAME BUSH!!!  its the easy way out...why not man up and accept some responsibilites for your failures.  and before you respond, keep in mind that I DIDN"T LIKE BUSH EITHER!!!

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Bush had 7 years to get Osama and he didn't do it.  Stop telling right wing lies.  Bush had a chance to get Bin Laden but he let him go at Tora Bora.   John McCain and the Republicans said they wouldn't go shot Bin Laden in the eye if he was in Pakistan.   Obama said he would and was criticized by all the Republican losers.  You don't get to say a thing about Osama.  Bush had his chance to get Bin Laden and he failed.  If you knew anything at you would remember 6 months after 9/11 Bush said"Who knows if he’s hiding in some cave or not. We haven’t heard from him in a long time. The idea of focusing on one person really indicates to me people don’t understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. He’s just a person who’s been marginalized. … I don’t know where he is. I really just don’t spend that much time on him, to be honest with you."   Apologize for trying to deprive Obama for credit when Bush obviously didn't care.   I can tell you are a Fox News viewer because you are stupid and poorly informed.  Obviously you don't like Obama because you are stupid and probably a racist so you will never give him credit no matter what the facts say.    

Bush is a terrible person that murdered American soldiers based on a lie.   He used the troops as a political tool and should be tried for war crimes.  Bush lied to the family of Pat Tillman about Tillman's death.  He used an American hero to make political points.    Bush lied about the reason for the Iraq War.   Remember his administration told the UN and the American People they knew were weapons of mass destruction were.  They were never found because Bush made it up.  Bush outed an undercover CIA operative and put her contacts in danger to get revenge.   Every reasonable person sees him as one of the worst Presidents in the history of the United States. 

P.S.  There is no such thing as the danger of Sharia Law.  Most Muslims in America could give a shit about that, that's why they are in America to get away from Sharia Law.  Besides Muslims are like 1% of the country and poor as shit.  They have no possible way to "impose" Sharia Law.    It's the type of issue stupid racists buy into because they want to believe evil things about Muslims.   If you are scared of Sharia Law it proves you are stupid, bigoted, and cowardly.

jp
jp

you want sharia law?  really?  you can have it and be prepared for all it entails.  its funny that you would support something as ridiculous as sharia law, you stupid hypocrite.  if you support sharia law, you have no support for gay rights.  oh, and you have no respect for women.  please educate yourself, robot.  you care so much about the truth, why don't you try learning it?

jp
jp

wow, your're dumb.  if you're going to blame Bush for all of the negatives, give him all the positives as well.  he put everything in motion for dead osama, we'll give the dead khadaffi to the libyans.  iraq war, not over.  saved auto industry? sure, on the tax payers backs.  don't forget solyndra!!!  health care reform?  hardly a positive and will be repealed.  stimulus?  failed.  shot pirates?  ill give that to  the people that actually did it.   it was never a depression, clearly you've never taken an econ class.  obama is a one term president, his approval rating is dropping faster than your credibility as a worthy opponent in a debate.  go argue with high school kids.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, Kerry all got around 90% of the Black Vote.  Bill Clinton actually got the lowest percentage of the Black vote at 83% in 1992.   So really the Black vote had nothing to do with Barack Obama's race and everything to do with Republican racism.  Remember when Bush beat McCain because he insinuated McCain had an out of wedlock Black child?   That helped Bush go from 2nd to 1st in Republican primary states.  Remember when Colin Powell endorsed Obama so racist Rush Limbaugh said it was because Colin Powell was Black?  Remember Rick Perry's hunting camp and how Herman Cain caught the most flack from it for daring to be offended?    These are facts and smart people notice them.  Racists are in charge of the Republican party and the base of the Republican Party is largely racist.   You want to build a wall because of race, its obvious no matter how much you try to hide it.  How exactly are illegal immigrants a problem that needs a giant wall?   The only problem I've seen from illegal immigration is when racist Republican states like Alabama pass racist immigration laws that result in food rotting in the field from lack of workers.   Keep telling yourself it has nothing to do with racism when the Republicans have problems with every minority group of people   Republicans have a problem with women, gays, Muslims, Black people, immigrants, and the Chinese.   Every time the skin is brown, you guys see a problem.  

P.S.  Brief list of Obama accomplishments:   Dead Qaddafi, Dead Osama, End Iraq War, End Don't Ask Don't Tell, Saved US Auto Industry, Healthcare Reform, Stimulus,  Shot Somalia Pirates in the eye, and turned the Bush Depression into a Recession.   Did all of this with 100% Republican opposition.   Obama is moving towards being one of our great Presidents which we needed after having one of the worst Presidents we've ever had. 

jp
jp

this one's for you, michelle.  there's no rage, or stupidity. just pointing out your stupidity.  clearly, you're the uneducated one here, saying "up there" when referring to antarctica.  go back to 2nd grade geography class.  your entire rant below is moot, but i'll still respond.  lwanting to put up a fence has nothing to do with racism, it has to do with illegal immigrants and no going through the proper channels to come to this country.  why do i think 95% of blacks voted for obama?  because they thought he was actually smart and fell for his "hope and change" agenda, which clearly failed.  we'll see what happens in 2012.  and i notice you can't come up with a positive from obama either.... straw man name calling?  look in the mirror....idiot

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

What is stupid is you thinking real estate in Antarctica isn't valuable.  Due to Global Warming lots of ice has melted up there and now Russia and Canada are fighting over who gets all the natural resources.   I can tell you are a Fox News viewer because you are poorly informed and everything you say is a mix of stupidity and rage.

P.S. Everyone knows the Republicans are racist.  That's why they talk about building double walls on the Mexican border and stopping Sharia Law when we have high unemployment.   It's just so obvious to anyone that isn't afraid to tell the truth.   Why do you think 95% of Black people vote for Democrats?    When 95% of people agree on something its pretty obvious what is going on.    In your response please attempt to use things like facts, logic, and reason instead of straw man name calling. 

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

You are typical Republican in that you are very stupid and you steal jokes.   Get your own jokes you lame loser.     I know its hard to think something original but please try with your tiny brain.  Plus since I'm a Liberal I don't need the TV or the radio to tell me what to think.   I've never watched a single episode of Olbermann or whatever.  I'm not disrespecting those that do watch those shows as Keith Olbermann has never revealed himself to be a con artist like Rush Limbaugh.     I mean think how stupid you must be as a person to love a fat junkie like Rush.   He tells gay people they can't be married but has been divorced like 10 times.   That's who you take advice from?   Usually when I hear a junkie saying crazy racist things I ignore him but Republicans take that junkie and make him the most popular radio host and leader of their political party.  It's pathetic how stupid you must be to think you can learn a lot from a junkie.  No wonder you are a pathetic joke stealer.  

jp
jp

Yes, when your buddy Keith olberman dies, I will find it funny. Along with Chris Matthews.

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