Minnesota Democratic Member, Ilhan Omar, described terrorist attacks once in response to "our involvement in other people's affairs" following the brutal attack by al-Shabab on a Kenyan shopping center in 2013.
Omar made the comments During an obscure local television appearance just weeks after four armed al-Shabab jihadists stormed the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi in 2013, nearly 70 people killed and injured 200.
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"When will we decide or recognize that terrorism is a reaction? It is an ideology, it is a means of things, it is not an entity, it is not a place, people. It's a response to a situation, "host Ahmed Tharwat, then-activist Omar, asked on the" Belahdan "show on Twin Cities PBS during a discussion on the Somali community's experiences in the US following the Kenyan attack.
"Yes," she agreed. "What you're saying is what nobody wants to ask. Nobody wants to imagine how the actions of other people involved in the world have contributed to the rise of radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts. "
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She continued," Usually, most people do not want to look inward and see what their actions do to others. For us it is always "I have not done anything, why does this happen to me?" No one wants to account for how these side effects arise from the actions of our involvement in the affairs of others. "
" For us it is always: "Me No need to have done anything, why does this happen to me? "No one wants to give an account of how these by-products arise from the actions of our involvement in the affairs of others."
Tharwat, who previously gave a platform to radical activists This included a political cartoonist who won second place at the Iranian International Holocaust Caricature Competition in 2006 and an anti-Semitic contest with Holocaust denial, and continued the violence of terrorist groups around the world with the actions of Western governments 19659005] "Most people who commit these atrocious acts of violence become made by people who are not selected and are only a part of society. The violence in the West, however, is taken over by the elected people, "he said, calling for Omar to agree that the violence perpetrated by the West is" legitimized. "
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She was recently targeted for a letter from 2016 in which she asked a judge, a group of Minnesota men, who accused of joining the terrorist group Islamic State, offering leniency in the letter, calling for compassion and accusing men of "desiring violence" for "systematic alienation."
But the comments of 2013 – and it remains unclear whether she still stands behind them has led to more criticism, and Omar's office did not respond to several requests from Fox News.
"We have had variation for decades This argument belongs. We hear it on September 11th, we heard it fired when suicide bombers were stationed in London or Madrid, "said Robin Simcox, Heritage Foundation's expert on national security and terrorism, to Fox News.
Those who argue this argument have the following arguments: Why can attacks not be logical in, for example, Cameroon or the Philippines or in Thailand or China? "Simcox continued." This is not something dictated by facts or logic, but one ideological position that Omar obviously wants to take regardless of the facts. "
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Before Omar made his remarks during the 2013 appearance, the host also asked if the Americans should be held responsible for assisting the US government in countries that intervened in Somalia after Islamist extremists had taken over parts of the country in 2006.
"The context of how media covered it. Nobody would talk about what Al-Shabab is about. "Tharwat pointed out that Al-Shabab was fighting US-backed groups and states." Am I blaming average Americans for their state [supports] invading another country into your country, or my country? "
Tharwat later doubled and said," Even Al-Shabab, as wicked as it is when you look at its history, is it a product of what? A destruction of the land. "
Omar responded to the host's comments several times with" yeah, "before saying," We could go further, "and said the media ignores the attacks of al-Shabab in Somalia. "Everyone wants to talk about what was worn out [of Somalia]and we do not understand what politics are involved here," she said.
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. Omar has been subject to a review of her foreign policy views since she was sworn in last month, including recent comments comparing Israel to Iran and saying she would "almost giggle [s]" when the Jewish state as Democracy is called. Later, she agreed with a liberal social media activist that today's Israel during segregation is very similar to the American South.