There are few authentic leftists. Universalism, egalitarianism, and open borders are leftist principles that weaken any group that adopts them. When a figure is a “progressive” for America but a nationalist for his own people, he’s not a progressive at all. He’s simply a nationalist for his own side.
Ilham Omar is a prominent example. On January 27, she spoke — in Somali — to a group of Somalis in the United States. Her speech would thrill any Somali nationalist. Though there is some dispute over the translation, the main items are not in doubt. One translation quotes her:
For those seeking an accurate and verbatim translation of what Congresswoman @Ilhan said, here it is:
[The context is: she was addressing her Somali-American constituents, who were alarmed by Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed’s announcement of his intention to assist a region/province in… pic.twitter.com/1SOD4GxEnG
— Abdirashid Hashi (@AnalystSomalia) January 29, 2024
Her comments are actually revanchist. “Somalia is one. We are brothers and sisters, and our land will not be balkanized. Our lands were taken from us before, and God willing, we may one day seek them, but what we have now will not be balkanized.” America is a place where “one of your daughters sits in Congress” so she can make sure “no one will take Somalia’s sea.” A more watered-down translation is here:
I don’t agree much with @IlhanMN,