Omar Didn’t Vote for Armenian Genocide Resolution as It’s Passed by Majority in the House

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The House of Representatives voted to pass a resolution on Tuesday officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. 

The resolution, H.R. 296, states that it is the official policy of the United States to recognize and commemorate the Ottoman Empire’s killing of 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923. 

It passed the House 405 to 11 with two Democrats and one Republican voting present and 11 Republicans voting against it. 

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was one of the two Democrats who voted present. In a statement, Omar said she couldn’t support it because “genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight.”

“I also believe accountability for human rights violations—especially ethnic cleansing and genocide—is paramount. But accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight. It should be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics.

Omar added that she felt the resolution should include “earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide.”

“A true acknowledgment of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.”

Omar has said previously that the U.S. was “founded by genocide,” and that “we maintain global power through neocolonialism.”

The House also passed a bill punishing Turkey for its incursion into northern Syria — which began earlier this month — which would slap Turkey with a new round of sanctions and limit U.S. arms sales.

Omar refused to support that bill, saying U.S. sanctions are “ill-considered, inhumane and hurt the very people we claim to be helping.”

“As I recently outlined, accountability for the invasion of northern Syria is essential. Turkey’s incursion and the ensuing fallout is a humanitarian catastrophe—especially for the Kurdish people. But too often our sanctions policies are ill-considered, inhumane and hurt the very people we claim to be helping. That is exactly the case here, where overbroad sanctions on the Turkish economy would hurt civilians rather than political leaders. “

Omar continued to say that the U.S. should pursue policies such as limiting arms sales, despite the bill doing that.

“There are positive policies we could pursue—like banning or limiting weapons sales or creating a buffer zone.”

She added that passing sanctions “that have no chance of being signed into law” is the wrong action to take to punish Turkey.

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Screwtape
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Omar ought to sit down with her squadette Rashida Tlaib on using genocide for politics. Her claims of a “Palestinian genocide” (which never happened) vs. her dismissal of an actual genocide (the Holocaust) have been used frequently in her statements.

Screwtape
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““A true acknowledgment of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.” The slave trade was and is a thing practiced throughout history and first practiced among Omar’s African tribes, perpetuated from the 8th century and today by followers of Islam (ISIS sex slaves anyone?), and yet the US and Western Europe receive NO credit for eliminating it within their own borders. The “genocide”, which by… Read more »

General Confusion
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“WHY is the article ONLY about 1 D that voted present?” Phyllis

This is what media bias looks like.

Phyllis Softa
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If 2 D’s (Omar & Johnson) and 1 R (Gosar) voted present and 11 R’s vote against it, WHY is the article ONLY about 1 D that voted present? Where is the statement from Mark Rogers, Susan Brooks, Greg Pence, Larry Bucshon, Andy Harris, Virginia Foxx, Mark Meadows, Tom Cole, Kevin Brady, Mac Thornberry?

General Confusion
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“we maintain global power through neocolonialism.” Rep. Omar

Whenever King Donald The Loser talkings about “oil”, “protecting the oil”, “getting the oil”, even “taking the oil as compensation”, THAT is what colonialism she is talking about. Taking Syrian or Iraqi oil as “compensation” or not is a war crime.

BTW, if we had already lowered our dependency on our own use of oil, we wouldn’t have to be there.

Morte206
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Have to agree with her on the massacre of Native Americans.

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