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Video: Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar blamed U.S. for al-Shabab terrorist attack on Kenyan mall

It seems that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., has had a soft spot in her heart for terrorists for several years.  On Monday, Fox News reported that the freshman Democrat congresswoman once blamed the United States for a brutal al-Shabab terror attack on a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013.

According to Omar, the attack that saw nearly 70 killed and 200 others wounded was a reaction to what she called “our involvement in other people’s affairs.”

Fox News reported:

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“When are we gonna decide or realize that terrorism is a reaction? It’s an ideology, it’s a means of things, it’s not an entity, it’s not a place, people. It’s a reaction to a situation,” host Ahmed Tharwat asked then-activist Omar, on the show “Belahdan” on Twin Cities PBS during a discussion about the experience of the Somali community in the U.S. following the attack in Kenya.

“Yes,” she agreed. “What you’re insinuating is what nobody wants to face. Nobody wants to face how the actions of the other people that are involved in the world have contributed to the rise of the radicalization and the rise of terrorist acts.”

“Usually most people want to not look internal and see what their actions that makes another react. For us, it’s always ‘I must have not done anything. Why is it happening to me?’ Nobody wants to take accountability of how these are byproducts of the actions of our involvement in other people’s affairs,” Omar added.

As we and others recently reported, Omar sought “compassion” for nine men accused of wanting to join the terror group ISIS in 2016.

“We’ve heard variations of this argument for decades now. We hear it on 9/11, we heard it when suicide bombs go off on train stations in London or Madrid,” said The Heritage Foundation’s Robin Simcox.  “The problem the people who make that argument have is that you can’t possibly logically explain then why attacks take place in, for example, Cameroon or the Philippines, or Thailand, or China.”

“This isn’t something dictated by facts or logic, it’s something that is an ideological position that Omar is obviously determined to take regardless of the facts,” Simcox added.

Omar, by the way, has been selected for the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Fox said it’s not clear if Omar still stands behind her 2013 comments and her office did not respond to multiple requests for comments.

Here’s video of her 2013 statements:

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