Ellison: 'I Honestly Don’t Believe Most People in the Middle East Hate America'
The congressman told MinnPost in a recent interview that he wants to see the U.S. government get more engaged in the region.
Ellison added that he thought the U.S. government should get more engaged in the region:
Our policy ought to be continued engagement with each country in the region and the region at large. ... If you look beneath the surface, what’s going on here is that the regime loyalists and religious extremists who have an undemocratic agenda, who want to impose a religious orthodoxy on everybody for the sake of power, are reacting against the success of the "small-d" democrats in overturning the autocrats across the region ...
We don’t need to get skittish and afraid, "Oh they don’t want us." Who is, "they?" There is no more than a "they" in Libya than there is in America. We have Tea Party people, we have Occupy people, we have Democrats, we have Republicans. They have diverse societies just like we do and they are in a power struggle and that’s we’re seeing taking place.
Ellison went on to say, "I honestly don’t believe most people in the Middle East hate America." You can read the full interview here.
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