On Monday, Representative Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, appeared to equate the Taliban and Hamas with the United States. In her false equivalency, Omar claimed that the United States and Israel, alongside Hamas, the Taliban, and other terrorist organizations are responsible for committing “unthinkable atrocities.”
Rep. Omar is one of the stalwart members of the ultra-progressive “Squad,” a group of Congressional representatives that have advocated for left-leaning policies. In her tweet, she argued that the United States must demonstrate “the same level of accountability and justice” that has afflicted all individuals adversely impacted by “crimes against humanity.”
She insisted that the United States, along with its key ally Israel, have engaged in the commission of “unthinkable atrocities” on par with those routinely executed by terrorist organizations.
After stressing the “unthinkable atrocities” presumably committed by the United States and Israel, along with the aforementioned terrorist groups, Omar called for Secretary of State Antony Blinken to provide more insight into “where people are supposed to go for justice” upon being victimized by various atrocities and crimes against humanity.
Omar’s tweet also featured a video of her interactions with Blinken, namely when she made several inquiries of him during the Monday hearing held by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The purpose of the meeting had been to address the State Department’s budget request, as well as deliberate foreign policy strategies.
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 7, 2021
When questioning Blinken in person, Omar did not make an equivalency between the United States and terrorist organizations, although her tweet certainly made this equivalency explicitly clear. Instead, while questioning Blinken, Omar observed that not only have Hamas, the Taliban, and the Afghani government committed various war crimes, but also Israel.
In general, Omar tends to attract significant controversy.
Mere weeks ago, she openly accused Israel for its purported “war crimes,” which occurred in the days of conflict unfolding between Israel and Hamas. Over the course of the conflict, thousands of missiles were fired arbitrarily towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Omar did indicate gratitude for the ceasefire that was reached shortly afterwards, as it “will prevent more civilians and children from being killed.” At the same time, she also insisted that it is crucial to obtain “accountability for every war crime committed.”
She also added that “we need to stop underwriting crimes against humanity” while simultaneously assailing Israel for its alleged occupation.
At the time of this writing, Omar has not responded to requests for comment.