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Ilhan Omar: We must apply our universal values to all nations. Only then will we achieve peace.

/ Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) prepares to address several hundred students at rally outside the US Capitol during the Global Youth Climate Strike in Washington on March 15. (Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Let us apply these universal values to all nations. Only then will our world achieve peace.

Ilhan Omar, Washington (DC) Post

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor James Fuller. / March 17, 2019 | Since I began my first term in Congress, I have sought to speak openly and honestly about the scale of the issues our country faces — whether it is ending the crippling burden of student debt, tackling the existential threat of climate change or making sure no one in one of the richest countries in the world dies from lack of health care. As a survivor of war and a refugee, I have also sought to have an honest conversation about U.S. foreign policy, militarism and our role in the world.

This question of how the United States engages in conflict abroad is deeply personal to me. I fled my home country of Somalia when I was 8 years old from a conflict that the United States later engaged in. I spent the next four years in a refugee camp in Kenya, where I experienced and witnessed unspeakable suffering from those who, like me, had lost everything because of war.

Ilhan Omar, a Democrat, represents Minnesota in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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