Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has found herself in the middle of controversy for the umpteenth time since taking office forever ago (it’s only been three months but seems much longer). This time, she referred to the radical Islamic terrorist attacks on 9/11 as “some people did something.” Patriots around the nation have reacted negatively, oftentimes regardless of their political affiliation. Leftist media is characterizing it as strictly conservatives who are upset, but I haven’t seen much support for her from the left other than attacks on the criticism she’s receiving.
In other words, the left seems to be focused on condemning the right’s response rather than defending Omar’s words.
People on both sides of the political aisle often say “words matter.” This is true, and I’d like to add two more things that matter in context of what Omar said. History and sentiment both matter as well. These three elements are why she is unfit to serve in Washington DC as an elected official. Let me explain…
There are two types of history at play when we look at Omar’s statement. The first is our nation’s recent history just before, during, and ever since the 9/11 attacks. The attack obviously couldn’t be classified as some people doing something. That’s like saying the moment Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon for the first time was a guy getting out of his vehicle.
There’s a theme to this that I’ll also discuss in the next two points. That theme is the extremely precise and conspicuous phrasing she used. “Some people did something” does not match what American history books say, but it matches what those opposed to America itself would want us to remember.
The second is Omar’s history itself. It’s not like this was Senator Chuck Schumer or Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who have decades of their own history without being either antisemitic or pro-terrorism. Omar’s history, as brief as it has been in politics, is loaded with anti-American, antisemitic, and pro-Islamic comments. Some would say there’s nothing wrong with being pro-Islamic, and I would agree, but her history within Islam is not one that demonstrates the kindness and peace-loving nature of the vast majority of Muslims. Her public history with Islam has been to support organizations and leaders who embrace sharia law and oppose the American way of life. While falling just shy of supporting radical Islam, her history is not one without controversy as it pertains to her faith and how it’s to be spread to the rest of the world.
This point needs very little explanation. Omar’s sentiment as it pertains to America, Israel, Islam, Republicans, conservatives, and patriots has been crystal clear since her political career began. Her statement about 9/11 matches that sentiment perfectly.
To most Americans, 9/11 was the most significant and life-changing event that has happened in the United States in at least half-a-century. It was a terrorist attack perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists who believed they were obeying the Quran perfectly by taking as many American lives as possible, striking the heart of our economic system in New York, our defense system at the Pentagon, and nearly the seat of our government itself with flight 93.
The sentiment of her statement matched the sentiment of any statement she makes about Islam. She is extremely harsh when denouncing terrorism in general, which is what many on the left latch onto and say, “See, she’s denouncing terrorism!” But here’s the thing. When it’s specifically radical Islamic terrorism, her sentiment is toned down completely. It’s just some people that did something.
Let’s look at the words and the context behind them.
She was speaking at an event hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations where she is heralded as a great accomplishment of their efforts. This is important because the audience was her religious peers.
“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” Omar said.
In reality, CAIR was founded seven years earlier, but 9/11 was the gateway through which they were able to grow in both numbers and influence.
But words matter. She chose those precise words to characterize the tragic event because to characterize the terrorist attacks in a negative way would go against Islam itself. Most Muslims in America unflinchingly denounce the terrorist attacks, but most Muslims in America do not speak at CAIR events. Most Muslims in America are not looked upon to spread the Islamic message through the halls of government. For her to publicly discuss the attacks using words that seemed to denounce them would be a betrayal to her faith.
Words matter, and the words Omar selected to characterize 9/11 were the exact words with the exact meaning she intended to deliver to her audience at the time and any in the world who would listen.
The spin game is in full swing to try to paint Ilhan Omar as a victim of right-wing bigotry. This is all subterfuge. Her choice or words was precise and intentional. She clearly does not view the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a bad thing.
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