Ilhan Omar: America to Blame for Global Refugee Crisis
Radical Democrat blames 'American policy' for worldwide flooding, natural disasters
Radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) took to bashing America during a recent speaking event, blaming "American policy" for a whole host of worldwide issues, including the global refugee crisis along with "flooding" and natural disasters in other countries.
Omar made the claims while speaking at a far-left Democracy Now! event alongside her fellow Democratic "Squad" members.
Rep. Omar is reportedly preparing to launch her vision of what a “progressive” foreign policy looks like.
The controversial Somalia-born congresswoman is suggesting that U.S. policies are forcing refugees to leave their home countries and causing climate “catastrophes” abroad.
Omar is scheduled to hold a briefing on Capitol Hill to launch her “Pathway to Peace” vision on Wednesday.
Her plan “centers on human rights, justice and peace as the pillars of America’s engagement in the world, and makes military action a last resort,” according to a blurb on her Facebook page.
“It centers the experiences of the people directly affected by conflict, takes into account the long-term consequences of U.S. militarism, acknowledges the damage done when we fail to live up to international human rights standards and is sincere about our values regardless of short-term political convenience,” Omar declares in her pitch.
During the event in Washington on Friday, Omar expanded on the matter when she spoke of her plans to “introduce next week our Pathway to Peace in thinking about the world.”
“When we engage in the creation of our foreign policy, we are truly disconnected from the foreign nations that it will impact, and the humans who are going to be impacted by our foreign policy,” she said.
According to CNS News, Omar was speaking to the left-wing news program Democracy Now!
The event was organized by The Rising Majority, and also featuring fellow “Squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
“When you see a Somali refugee or an Iraqi refugee or a Libyan refugee, we often are like, ‘Oh, this is my neighbor, they must have survived some struggle,’” Omar said.
“We don’t ever pause to think, what American policy made them come over here? Right?”
“When you see a flooding happening in a country abroad and you are urgently raising money for these lives to be saved, you don’t think about, ‘How have I contributed to the climate warming that has led to these flights – floodings and these catastrophes that are taking place abroad?’”
Omar’s family fled their home country of Somalia when the civil war erupted.
After an extended time in a refugee camp in Kenya, she arrived in the U.S. seeking asylum in 1992, aged 12.
Later that same year, with the conflict and drought threatening millions of Somali lives, the U.S.-led “Operation Restore Hope” was launched to safeguard U.N. food shipments.
In 1993, 18 American troops involved in that mission were killed when Islamic militants downed two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu.
Speaking at Friday’s event, Ocasio-Cortez praised Omar for working “so diligently” on a new foreign policy vision.
“And it is a difficult task, but we need to move away from a paradigm of imperialism, colonialism, and – speaking for myself – late-stage hyper-capitalism,” she said.
Wednesday’s “Pathway to Peace” launch, according to a poster promoted by Omar on social media, will have as its focus “Progressive, Equitable, and Constructive Engagement.”
Moderating the event is Trita Parsi, founder and former president of the National Iranian American Council, and one of the foremost advocates in the U.S. for the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal.
Parsi is now executive vice president of the Quincy Institute, a think tank formed last year with funding from George Soros and Charles Koch, to advocate “a new foreign policy centered on diplomatic engagement and military restraint.”
Beyond Wednesday’s launch, Omar is also planning a “community conversation” on her “Pathways to Peace” vision, at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs next week.