As recently noted, in 2016 then Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar asked a judge for “compassion” in sentencing nine Muslims from her home stated who had planned to join ISIS. It appears that Omar, a native of Somalia and now a member of the U.S. House, has had a soft spot in her heart for terrorists going back even further. On Monday, Fox News reported that the freshman Democrat congresswoman once blamed the United States for a brutal al-Shabab terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013.
According to Omar, the attack that saw nearly 70 killed and 200 others wounded was a reaction to what she called “our involvement in other people’s affairs.” Via Fox:
“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,” host Ahmed Tharwat asked then-activist Omar, on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS during a discussion about the experience of the Somali community in the U.S. following the attack in Kenya.
“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.”
“Usually most people want to not look internal and see what their actions that makes another react. 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,” Omar added.
Omar, by the way, has been selected for the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
As for her attempts to explain away the despicable things that Islamofascists do, we’ve heard arguments like this from other Democrats. In 2015, then-State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf theorized that “one the root causes that leads people to join these groups” is a lack of gainful employment. (Teach a terrorist to fish…) The previous year, then-Secretary of State John Kerry cited human rights abuses as a driving force in terrorism.
By refusing to acknowledge the 800-pound guerrilla in the room, Democrats are able to avoid blaming the creation of organizations like the Islamic State on some misguided religious fervor. When this is done by liberals like Kerry and Harf, it’s merely disingenuous. When it’s done by people like Omar, it’s downright dangerous.