Is she doing it on purpose, or does she simply lack the self awareness one would expect from an elected official?
On the eve of the most somber day of remembrance in modern American history, Somali-born Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) posted a photo to Instagram with a caption that a member of Congress might have reconsidered just hours before 9/11.
“Don’t ever stop laughing, my father’s advice,” Omar said, posting a photo of herself grinning ear to ear.
You might recall that while speaking to the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a designated terror group in the United Arab Emirates with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, that Omar downplayed 9/11 and lamented “Islamophobia,” a made up word.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognize that some people did something, and then all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.
“Some people” were radical Islamic jihadists who meticulously planned and carried out the worst terror attack on modern American soil, killing nearly 3,000 people. They injured over 6,000 more and changed the way Americans live forever. It was the premise for the implementation of a massive surveillance state, and for wars in the Middle East which have cost Americans life and limb, and trillions of dollars.
But Omar has often trivialized Islamic terrorism. It’s become so common, that Americans have come to expect it from the freshman congresswoman. How quickly we’ve forgotten 9/11.
Just two weeks ago, she called for international protection of a Somali telecom company that doubles as a front for terror group al-Shabaab. Almost no one noticed. She refused to condemn al-Qaeda, the terror group responsible for the 9/11 attacks. That shouldn’t be difficult for a member of the United States Congress.
During her time in the State Legislature in Minnesota, she wrote a judge asking for lenient sentences of nine men convicted of providing support to ISIS.
“The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion,” she wrote. “We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to effect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.”
“Incarcerating 20-year-old men for 30 or 40 years is essentially a life sentence. Society will have no expectations of the to-be 50 or 60-year-old released prisoners; it will view them with distrust and revulsion,” she continued.
Maybe I’m wrong, but long prison sentences for those who try to provide support to America’s sworn enemy – a group bent on its destruction – should be locked up for life, and the key should be thrown away. Apparently Omar disagrees.
The night before the September 11th attacks, 18 years ago to the day when Omar advised Americans to “never stop laughing” Mohamed Atta, the 33-year-old ringleader of the 9/11 attacks checked into a Comfort Inn in Portland, Maine with one of his comrades. He reportedly visited a Walmart, an ATM, and a pizza restaurant that night, during the final stages of planning the attack. The other 19 terrorists who were not trained pilots (Atta was) practiced on makeshift flight simulators – cockpits made out of cardboard – in their hotel rooms.
The next morning, they would fly to Boston and commit their final attack for Allah.
Presumably, Omar was somewhere laughing.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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