«Apply this country's virtues equally upon every nation in this world», by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D - MN)I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.At a time when we spend more on our military than the next seven countries combined, our global armed presence is often the most immediate contact people in the developing world have with the United States. National security experts across the political spectrum agree that we don’t need nearly 800 military bases outside the United States to keep our country safe.
It must be hard for a true US-American to be citizen to a country that is more interested in either destroying or intervening in a country militarily, than taking care of its people's education. What kind of country is this? I don't know, and I guess that there is no Republican who can give me a decent answer to this question, simply because there is no such answer. It's terrifying to think of...And we cannot continue to turn a blind eye to repression in Saudi Arabia — a country that is consistently ranked among the worst of the worst human rights offenders. Whether it is the murder of dissenters such as Jamal Khashoggi or war crimes against civilian populations in Yemen, we must hold all of our allies to the same international standards as our enemies.
I highly acclaim this virtue to be true.We must acknowledge that this is also the historical homeland of Palestinians. And without a state, the Palestinian people live in a state of permanent refugeehood and displacement. This, too, is a refugee crisis, and they, too, deserve freedom and dignity.This has been official bipartisan U.S. policy across two decades and has been supported by each of the most recent Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as the consensus of the Israeli security establishment. As Jim Mattis, who later was President Trump’s defense secretary, said in 2011 , “The current situation between those two peoples is unsustainable.”
I would question how Mr. Mattis meant this quotation from 2011 in regards to the Palestinian people. Because since he is a retired general and a US-American, I would believe he meant it in such a way that he saw them as the problem rather than the other victimised side of the conflict which was supposed to have its fair share of a peace deal, including internationally recognised borders.Working toward peace in the region also means holding everyone involved accountable for actions that undermine the path to peace — because without justice, there can never be a lasting peace. When I criticize certain Israeli government actions in Gaza or settlements in the West Bank, it is because I believe these actions not only threaten the possibility of peace in the region — they also threaten the United States’ own national security interests.
But of course it's all because she is a Muslim woman, and generally, all Muslims are taught to hate Israel and wish for its demise.Peace and respect for human rights: These are universal values. They are what drove Americans to organize and protest for equal rights and civil rights. They are what motivated nonviolent movements from South Africa to South Asia to the American South. These are the values that propelled me to get involved in public life, and I know they are the values that drove Minnesotans to give a Somali American refugee a chance at representing them in Congress.
I wonder if she read of the people of Minnesota's fifth district who are upset about her comments in Congress. I really hope she is going to travel back to her district to speak to those people. As a Representative, she should feel urged to keep in touch with her people. It seems like not everyone agrees with her. I, so far, have only read one article on this topic, although there have been three or four.