Out of all of the freshman democratic legislators, one has to admit that Ilhan Omar is in a class all on her own when it comes to insensitive remarks. It’s not just the things she has currently been saying, but all of the previous statements in the past that are now being dug up, thanks to her newly-established infamy.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, in a newly resurfaced clip of an old interview, joked about people saying “Al Qaeda” and “Hezbollah” in a severe tone — while noting nobody says words like “America” that way.
“When I was in college, I took a terrorism class. ... The thing that was interesting in the class was every time the professor said ‘Al Qaeda’ his shoulders went up,” Omar said during an interview from 2013 when she was an activist within the Somali community, chuckling as she imitated the professor saying “Al Qaeda” and “Hezbollah.”
Omar went on to contrast the way people say the names of terror groups with how they pronounce the names of western powers:
“But you know, it is that you don’t say ‘America’ with an intensity, you don’t say ‘England’ with the intensity. You don’t say ‘the army’ with the intensity,” she continued. “… But you say these names [Al Qaeda] because you want that word to carry weight. You want it to be something.”
Yes, people generally agree that it is EVIL. Terrorism is evil. This is probably why they lift their shoulders up and give special emphasis when they say the words. It’s the same emphasis given when one says “Jack the Ripper” or “Hitler.”
There was more than just Omar’s insensitivity that was bothersome, though. A bit more troubling was her comments regarding terrorism being “a reaction to our involvement in other people’s affairs.”
During the same 2013 interview, Omar described acts of terrorism as a reaction to “our involvement in other people’s affairs” following the brutal al-Shabab attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013 that killed nearly 70 people and wounded 200.
“When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation,” the show host Ahmed Tharwat asked Omar.
“Yes,” she agreed. “What you’re insinuating is what nobody wants to face. Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of the radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”
She continued: “For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs.”
So it sounds as if Omar believes that the US contributed to the radicalization of terrorists by their own meddling in other people’s business and now they don’t want to take accountability. My, how far the democratic party has come. But don’t take my word for it. You can watch the program “Belahdan” from a Twin Cities PBS show below to see all of her comments for yourself: