Elllson Compares 9-11 to Reichstag Fire

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    This is so typical of the kook left who believes 9-11 was an inside job. How long will the people put up with this?


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    Ellison's use of Reichstag fire goes overboard
    By Katherine Kersten, Star Tribune

    Last update: July 11, 2007 – 9:41 PM

    But even the "impeach Bush now" crowd might have raised an eyebrow when Ellison compared the Sept. 11 terror attacks to the burning of the Reichstag, or Pariament building, in Nazi Germany in 1933.

    "It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that," he told applauding atheists. "After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted."

    If you're fuzzy on your history of Nazi Germany, you might have missed Ellison's point. Here's the context.

    On Feb. 27, 1933, the Reichstag building in Berlin burned.

    The fire occurred a week before the March 5 elections, which pitted the Nazis against the Communists, Social Democrats and other parties.

    For decades, it had been widely believed that the Nazis themselves planned the fire in an effort to discredit the Communists and justify Nazi seizure of emergency powers. Today, many scholars believe that the arsonist was a lone radical. The identity of those responsible for the fire remains controversial.

    It is clear, however, that Hitler - then chancellor - cynically exploited the Reichstag fire to grab power for himself. The day after the fire, Hitler pushed through a decree that ended protection of political, personal and property rights. Then he moved to crush thousands of his political opponents, including Reichstag members.

    In "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," William Shirer provides a vivid account: "Truckloads of stormtroopers roared through the streets all over Germany, breaking into homes, rounding up victims and carting them off to [Brownshirt] barracks, where they were tortured and beaten."

    Hermann Goering, one of Hitler's henchmen, made clear that the rule of law was over: "Fellow Germans, my measures will not be crippled by any judicial thinking," he bellowed. "I don't have to worry about justice; my mission is only to destroy and exterminate, nothing more! ... [T]he struggle to the death, in which my fist will grasp your necks, I shall lead with those down there - the Brownshirts!"

    http://www.startribune.com/191/story/1297757.html
     
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    I think your interpretation that Ellison is suggesting that 9/11 was an inside job is an unwarranted stretch. It could certainly be argued that 9/11 has allowed this administration to sidestep the rule of law under the guise of national security.
     
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    Yea, right

    Loyal Dems like you are more then willing to overlook what he was saying. The kook left have long tried to say Pres Bush was behind 9-11 and allowed it to happen
     
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    What do you expect "people" to do about it? He has the right to say it if he wants. Most people just stop listening to the nutjobs. Nobody (relatively speaking) takes this guy seriously. However, when you bring up wackos like this, you grant them the exposure that they seek.
     
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    MM, you could be right about that interpretation, I hadn't thought about that.

    RSR, if by the "kook left," you mean an odd and tiny assortment of wackjobs that are reminiscent of the "kook right" that perpetrated the Oklahoma city bombing, then okay. Don't make it more than it is though.

    By the way, are you capable of thinking critically, even just a wee bit?
     
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    I am asking where the outrage is from the liberal media? If a Republican would have said this and Clinton was President - the calls for his resignation would be loud and constant

    Libs can say anything about anybody - as long as it is directed at Republicans
     
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    It is clear to anyone what he was saying

    The double standards of libs like MM is sickening
     
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    People say stupid stuff like this all the time (right and left), and this particular charge (if your interpretation of Ellison's statement is correct) has been made before by other members of the fringe. It doesn't get media play because a) it is old news, and b) the vast, vast majority of people know that these guys are crazy, and we don't waste our time worrying about them. Why can't you just ignore them, like everybody else? They could not be happier that they ruffle your feathers and that you can make an issue out of them.
     
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    IF my interpretation of Ellison's statement is correct? What other interpretation is there?

    If doesn't get any play in the media because he is a LIBERAL

    I know libs would love for us to ignore them - so there insane comments can go unchallenged
     
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    those are two different things.

    I have never suggested that Bush was BEHIND 9/11.

    I do think that he ignored the warning signs and was unworried about OBL being determined to strike...I think he was more interested in his golf game than in protecting America, and to THAT end, he may have made it easier for the 9/11 perpetrators to succeed.

    ANd please show me where Ellison said that 9/11 was an INSIDE job.

    I'll wait.

    Once again, you cut and paste analysis from a conservative op-ed piece and pass it off as fact.

    BOOOORRRRING
     

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