NEWLY ELECTED U.S. HOUSE REP ILHAN OMAR WENT ON CNN TO APPLAUD THE U.S. CONGRESS FOR DIVERSITY AND PASSING A MEASURE TO ALLOW HER TO WEAR A HIJAB IN CONGRESS. TO CELEBRATE, SHE THEN EXPOSED THE HOMOPHOBIA UNDER HER HIJAB.
ILHAN OMAR FEELS SENATOR LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM IS A SECURITY RISK BECAUSE HE'S A GAY MAN. SHE WON'T COME OUT AND SAY IT, SHE'LL JUST INSINUATE. WHEN PRESSED, SHE WILL -- AS SHE DID ON CNN -- INSIST THERE IS EVIDENCE AND WHEN ASKED TO PRESENT IT SHE WILL FALL BACK ON THE IT'S-MY-OPINION DEFENSE.
IT'S OUR OPINION THAT HER HOMOPHOBIA HAS NO PLACE IN THE U.S. CONGRESS.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, ILHAN OMAR EXCLAIMED, "I CAN BE HOMOPHOBIC! THE VICE PRESIDENT'S WIFE IS TEACHING AT A HOMOPHOBIC SCHOOL. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, TO ME, MEANS IS IF A CHRISTIAN CAN BE HOMOPHOBIC, SO CAN A MUSLIM! I AM A HOMOPHOBIC MUSLIM! I REPRESENT MICHIGAN! I REPRESENT HOMOPHOBIA!"
SHE CERTAINLY DOES.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
US troops are not going to defeat ISIS. Not in Syria, not in Iraq, not anywhere.
ISIS is not a country, it's not a force of a country. ISIS is a terrorist organization. They are not defeated in war. All war aimed at a terrorist organization ever does is recruit more members.
By declaring war on them, you elevate them.
When Ed Snowden went to Russia and Barack began his verbal attack on Vladimir Putin, we noted he was elevating Putin. And he was. We noted the same thing with regards to ISIS. But on that one, Barack grasped it. It's why he made his junior varsity crack.
Whether you think it's earned or not, the US is hated in many sections of the world. If it helps you to stop sobbing, there are sections that like -- maybe even love -- the US. But the country is hated in sections of the world.
So inflating ISIS automatically creates sympathy for the terrorist organization. 'The imperial devil is against ISIS? Yea ISIS!' But more to the point, the US at war against ISIS?
What likes to think of itself as the lone super power at war against ISIS?
Do you not get the kind of drama that creates, the kind of support?
It's Goliath (the US) versus David (ISIS).
You can't get better recruitment than that.
ISIS will never be destroyed by war.
Terrorism is an ideology and it is born from a belief of imbalance. When that belief is backed up with something like 'The US declares war on ISIS!,' you have recruitment and increased membership.
Terrorism is a crime. It needs to be fought as you would fight a crime. It needs to be arrests and public trials. Not shipped off to Guantanamo with whispers about what someone may have done. You fight terrorism with open discourse and debate, with democracy.
The US military will never 'win' against ISIS. That's not a job a military can handle.
Idiots who don't grasp that are like the liars who pretend they don't in order to keep never-ending wars going.
The smartest thing Donald Trump could do would be to remove all US troops from Syria -- as well as Iraq. It would be safer for both Americans and Iraqis if that happened. As it is, ISIS recruits flowed to both countries due to the presence of the US.
While the children are still out of the world, let's point out another reality with regards to terrorism: when people feel wronged, it would do the larger society good to consider the validity of those claims.
The PKK is a group that fights for Kurdish rights. They are labeled a terrorist organization by many (including the US government). Turkey is happy to bomb northern Iraq (killing and wounding many civilians) while they pretend they are attacking the PKK. But at what point in our history do we look at the grievances of the Kurds? When do we examine it for validity?
PKK actions have always decreased when it appeared that an examination might take place, an honest inventory. Ten years ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- yes, Erdogan -- reaped a few benefits by giving the impression that an honesty inventory and dialogue was about to take place. It never did and violence returned.
Though, of course, the Kevin Liptaks couldn't report it that way. They had to lie and make it nefarious and complicated and twisted because heaven forbid we ever illuminate basics in foreign relations. The US government doesn't want you to understand its actions, it only wants you to nod along with whatever they do.
ISIS will be defeated by law enforcement, by recognizing real injustices and addressing them, by an open dialogue where participants -- even those not belonging to the government of a super power -- feel their voice is heard and the future is something that they have a stake in.
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