Originally posted @ magavoter.com
, more men and boys from a Somali American community in Minneapolis have joined – or attempted to join – a foreign terrorist organization over the last 12 years than any other jurisdiction in the country.
FBI stats show 45 Somalis left to join the ranks of either the Somalia-based Islamic insurgency al-Shabab, or the Iraq- and Syria-based ISIS combined. And as of 2018, a dozen more had been arrested with the intention of leaving to support ISIS. Both numbers are far higher than those of alleged terrorist wannabes who left or attempted to leave the country from other areas in the country where Muslim refugees have been resettled.
In the case of the Somalis, it’s no longer just the men. Early last year, a female was apprehended by authorities on charges of supporting providing material support to Al Qaeda and arson.
So what has made the area such a hotbed for such activity? And what has been Rep. Ilhan Omar’s record in addressing the issue – either before she was elected, or since?
The answers matter because federal authorities say they remain “highly concerned” about the terrorist connection with the Minneapolis Somalis – even though al-Shabab is struggling against the Somali government, and the so-called ISIS “caliphate” has crumbled under a sustained U.S.-led military campaign.
, in 2013, Arab-American television host, Ahmed Tharwat, interviewed Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is now a US Congresswoman. During the interview, the anti-Semitic lawmaker criticizes how the media covers terrorism.
She mocked them for the intensity with which they interpret comments made by people. Omar says, “I remember when I was in college, I took a terrorism class.” Tharwat seemed stunned, asking her, “Is there such a thing?” “Yes,” Omar told him, while she giggled. The interviewer laughs, asking her, “Is there a lab for that?” Omar laughed, “No, we learned the ideology.” The interviewer asks, “Do you go to lab? Do you go on a field trip?” Again, Omar laughed at the idea of a “lab” where they could test out their terrorist skills.
Strange…most Americans would probably not be laughing if they were asked about participating in a hands-on lab for terrorists, but somehow, Omar thought it was hilarious.
Omar continued, making fun of the professor for acting like an expert when it came to discussing terror groups like Al Qaeda and Hezbollah.
The interviewer joined in the mocking of her professor, saying, “Yeah, he’s in command. He’s an expert.” He then asked Omar to dox him, “What’s his name? Where does he live? Omar laughed at the idea of doxing him, saying, “Oh, we are not saying his name.”
Watch, as Ahmed Tharwat discusses the backlash in the Somali community and if it’s really warranted. The host points out to Omar that when American troops destroy other countries, we don’t hear them apologize. Omar responds by telling the host how it’s ridiculous to ask Muslims to condemn acts of violence by Islamic terrorists. She tries to explain that when atrocities happen in other countries, they shouldn’t ask “regular citizens like myself” to condemn them. “When Americans ask us “to condemn every misbehaving Muslim,” laughing, Tharwat reminds her there are about a billion and a half Muslims, saying, “I’d have to quit my job, I mean condemning every day.” Somehow, the fact that Muslims commit so much violence around the world that he would have to quit his job to condemn their violence, is funny.
Tharwat tells Omar when Muslims commit violence, the Muslim culture is condemned. He continued, When a white person commits violence, “we just go to psychoanalysis,” suggesting that the media tries to say “he’s not capable of committing violence because he’s’ white.” Omar agrees, saying, “We have mass shootings that go on constantly here.”