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Thomas Freidman of the New York Times published an excellent article on Wednesday of this week that was largely supportive of Ms. Omar. Although I could summarize it for you, it's more beneficial to read the article in its entirety.
One fact that I found very compelling is the fact that this lady is a Muslim refuge from Somalia, a tidbit that would infuriate Republicans for two reasons. One is that she is a Muslim, and wears her hijab in Congress. The second is that she is from a "shithole" country in Africa, and she is definitely NOT from Norway.
Although our political system is far from perfect (and Mitch McConnell is a prime example of that) it's very encouraging to see that a bartender from Queens (AOC) and a refuge from Somalia (Omar) can get elected to Congress.
Somalia has been a troubled country for a lot of years, but Ilhan Omar is not the only refuge from there who managed to find success elsewhere.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, but managed to escape an arranged marriage and travel to the Netherlands as a refuge, where she eventually got elected to public office. While she was in the Netherlands, she wrote the story for a film titled "Submssion", which was directed by Theo van Gogh. Although it is labeled Part 1, Part 2 was never produced because Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist who did not like the film.
It's chilling to watch:
Ms. Ali emigrated to the United States, and became a citizen in 2013. Although she has never fun for office, she has been politically active in her new adopted home. She is a Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, a Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at The Harvard Kennedy School, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations