Will Omar be Forgiven?

Questioning Israeli influence in American politics usually has lasting consequences. But will it for the vibrant representative from Minnesota?

Will Omar be Forgiven?

We’ll have to wait until the 2020 congressional primary season gets underway before we learn the fate of Representative Ilhan Omar. Is there a safe depth of contrition to which even a Woman of Color could plunge after naming the Jew? Time will tell.

Barely a month into her first term, the Mogadishu-born Representative from Michigan’s 5th district crossed the reddest of all lines, publicly identifying AIPAC as the premier peddler of influence for Israel. Her transgression was fairly mild, pointing out that AIPAC is the coordinating organization for “benjamins” flowing from donors to congressional campaigns.

Stating the obvious about such a matter carries grave consequences for just about anyone of stature, but especially for a member of Congress. There’s clearly quite a bit Ilhan doesn’t grasp about the United States. If career longevity is her priority, it would’ve been helpful to read They to Dare Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby.

The book was written by Paul Findley. He represented Illinois’ 20th District for 11 terms before being run out by AIPAC in 1982 for offenses such as questioning whether or not subsidizing Israel’s mistreatment of the Palestinians was congruent with the values professed by the US government. His work features prominent figures ranging from Jesse Jackson to Senator William Fulbright, who asserted that Israel was in control of the US Senate.

I stumbled across it at a used book sale roughly 20 years ago. Dissident right-wing political movements weren’t exactly flourishing back then on dial-up internet. In regards to US foreign policy, it was plain to see that the narratives weren’t aligning with reality, yet gleaning a candid explanation as to why from the mainstream media was impossible. Findley’s book was quite an eye-opener.

At this point, it won’t deliver any revelations to someone who’s been versed in our sphere for more than a week. Still, it provides plenty of information about how we got to this late stage at which oblivious American gentiles have no say as to the foreign policy of own their nation. If you’ve got the time and the interest, it’s absolutely worth the read.

Findley remained outspoken about the malignant consequences of Jewish influence through 9/11 and the buildup to the disastrous invasion of Iraq in 2003. Despite his political defenestration, he was one of the few relatively prominent figures besides Pat Buchanan explaining the connection.

Mentioning reality got you chuckled at as a crackpot conspiracy theorist in those days. I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a friend expounding upon Bill Kristol and his ilk, Zionism, and why invading Iraq wasn’t about our interests. That’s pretty much the reaction that I elicited. A few years later, he got both of his legs blown off in that ill-fated country. One lesson time imparts about life is that being proven right is often a terrible feeling.

It was a “blackpilling” era that went on for over a decade. That’s over now. The wars go on and on, but people are waking up. If you’re feeling down about everything that’s currently transpiring, place where we’re at in context of a broader timeline. In terms of spreading awareness, we’re light years ahead of where we were back then.

Bear in mind that sea-changes in public consciousness don’t transpire overnight. History is replete with them. However, time, events (like this Omar episode), and most importantly, efforts are required to bring them to fruition.

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