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Is Ilhan Omar a ‘Failed American Experiment?’

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar reacting to President Trump's 'let them leave' comments (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar reacting to President Trump’s ‘let them leave’ comments (Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Is Ilhan Omar a “failed American experiment?” Clarion’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi thinks so. Those were the words Quodsi used on a recent appearance alongside Candice Owens on The Ingraham Angle,  Fox’s popular news magazine with Laura Ingraham.

Amidst the media furor over President Trump’s suggestion that Omar, due to her anti-Americanism, should go back to her home country of Somalia, Qudosi’s comments were flagged by a number of outlets.

Qudosi, who herself is a Muslim, also noted that, based on Omar’s own rhetoric against America, “send her back” was not a racist statement but rather a “common sense message.”

Watch what Qudosi had to say and why:

Last week, Omar was in the news again for introducing a resolution in Congress promoting the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. Based on the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism, the BDS movement has been deemed at its core an anti-Semitic movement.

This is fundamentally because the movement “[applies] double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of by any other democratic nation.” For example, there are at least 100 land disputes across the globe that are not subject to “BDS” movements.

It is also widely recognized that far from a normal political boycott, and anti-Semitism not withstanding, the BDS movement is a thinly-veiled guise to destroy the state of Israel in its entirety.

In her resolution, in which Israel isn’t mentioned by name — but clearly the elephant in the room — Omar openly compares such a boycott of Israel, the only free and democratic country in the Middle East, to historic boycotts of the most evil empires of the 20th century –Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

“Despite having predominantly lived in the United States, Omar still carries the broken value systems of all Third-World Muslim countries when it comes to how Jews are viewed,” Qudosi noted in an article she wrote on Clarion titled, “Ilhan Omar Forces New Conversation on Somali Refugees.” 

Somali-born human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali explained further in The Wall Street Journal:

When I was a little girl, my mom often lost her temper with my brother, with the grocer or with a neighbor. She would scream or curse under her breath “Yahud!” [Jew!] followed by a description of the hostility, ignominy, or despicable behavior of the subject of her wrath. It wasn’t just my mother; grown-ups around me exclaimed “Yahud!” the way Americans use the F-word. I was made to understand that Jews—Yahud—were all bad.

No one took any trouble to build a rational framework around the idea—hardly necessary, since there were no Jews around. 

Ali goes on to describe how, based on this attitude, the next stage of development for a child in Somalia is being groomed in the Islamist agenda — and how the Islamists are putting this to good use in America:

Islamists have understood well how to couple Muslim anti-Semitism with the American left’s vague notion of “social justice.”

They have succeeded in couching their agenda in the progressive framework of the oppressed versus the oppressor. Identity politics and victimhood culture also provide Islamists with the vocabulary to deflect their critics with accusations of “Islamophobia,” “white privilege” and “insensitivity.”

Omar is a classic case. Steeped in anti-Semitism as a child, it appears that she has bought into the Islamic ideology as an adult. As Qudosi notes,

So, is Ilhan Omar a failed American experiment? To the extent that she has not integrated American values, particularly those of the Constitution which specifically forbids the government –and hence, government officials by extension — to discriminate on the basis of sex, race or religion — the answer is yes.

However, an important distinction should be made: America has not failed Omar.

Omar rose from an young immigrant, torn from her war-ridden country, to become a member of Congress — a Muslim and female woman member of Congress, it should be noted.

No, America has not failed Omar. Rather, it is Omar that has failed America.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org