by Jesse B. Russell
Ridley Scott’s 2001 masterpiece, “Black Hawk Down,” has become, like his 2000 “Gladiator,” a classic tale of the triumph and tragedy as well as the courage, heroism, and sacrifice of a small band of brothers showcasing crucial elements of what classicist Victor Davis Hanson, has called, “the Western way of war.”
Based on Mark Bowden’s 1999 chronicle, “Black Hawk Down” narrates the story of the 1993 attempt by U.S. Special Forces to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and his entourage in and near the Somali capital city of Mogadishu.
The true story, as is commonly known, becomes a horrific bloodbath in which 19 American soldiers died at the hands of surprisingly resistant Somali militants. However, the story, under Ridley Scott’s careful command, becomes a celebration of the valor of American soldiers in the face of foreign fighters.
At the same time, like Scott’s other great film chronicling an ethnic and religious clash, “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Black Hawk Down,” despite the unjust protest of leftist film critics, presents a humanizing if not sympathetic view of the Somali people—the scene in which young smiling Somali boys playfully run along with beleaguered members of Delta Force and the Army Rangers down the infamous Mogadishu Mile is one of the most haunting and surreal in the film.
Certainly, even the most patriotic and conservative viewer might find cause to sympathize with the people of Somalia and might even press for humanitarian aid.
No serious person, however, was watching “Black Hawk Down” and thinking that it would be a great idea to import a large chunk of radicalized Muslim Somalis to the United States. No serious person could have thought that without also knowing that careful consideration would have to be given to the effects such a transplanting would have on the social fabric of the United States.
Yet, as we’re learning from a torrent of unsettling and shocking news from the snowy state of Minnesota, large numbers of “Black Hawk Down” extras, many of whom have been radicalized with a virulent anti-American sentiment, have been transplanted to the home of the descendants of the Vikings and of Vikings football.
The most famous radical Muslim Somali living in the United States right now is, of course, U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, a native of Mogadishu, who was just six years old when the events depicted in “Black Hawk Down” took place—however, Omar was safely nestled on the East Coast of the United States at the time.
After living in New York and then Northern Virginia, Omar made her way to the University of North Dakota and then to the University of Minnesota where she worked as a fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs before climbing her way (or being pulled) through the largely liberal Minnesota political machine all the way to becoming one of the first Muslim congresswomen.
Yet, despite having the rainbow-colored diversity carpet laid out for her by American liberals, it seems that Omar, at least when she is being honest, does not much like the United States of America.
As President Trump tweeted recently, Omar evinced a dismissive and glib tone about 9/11 during a speech to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Also, Omar seems to think that American disgust at al-Qaeda is a humorous and weird thing.
Representative Omar is further keen on constantly expressing how America is a terrible and unjust country structured around “systematic racism.”
One wonders, if America is such a terrible and racist place deserving of terrorist attacks by murderous organizations such as al-Qaeda—which as Omar suggests to us, are nothing to be afraid of—why does not the proud Somali Muslim woman move back to the country of her birth?
It seems, however, that the people of Minnesota are abundantly blessed with enough Somalis—80,000, in fact, including 43,000 settled there by noted American patriot Barack Hussein Obama—to make Ilhan Omar feel quite at home in the frosty and forested state on America’s Canadian border.
The people of Minnesota, however, may not quite feel as comfortable with this demographic change as Representative Omar does.
In fact, there have been a host of ethnically motivated gruesome murders and attempted murders upon Minnesotans by Omar’s voting base.
A notable recent example was the case of a five-year-old boy who was thrown off a balcony at the Mall of America by Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, misleadingly described by the media merely as a “Minnesota man.”
Moreover, in a bit of Orwellian cruelty, the media seeking to avoid a conservative backlash fueled by yet another violent ethnically motivated immigrant attack, initially referred to the attempted murder as an “accident” or “fall.”
Indeed, the list of violent crimes resulting from intense cultural and religious friction the once peaceful and united “Land of 10,0000 Lakes” is so long as to make linking to all of them impossible.
The post-World War II luxury of Americans sitting comfortably in their homes watching anti-American politicians and brutal street violence in far off lands on their TVs is now, sadly, over.
As Norman Podhoretz recently argued, there is a need for a vigilant and honest assessment not only of current American immigration policy but the entire phenomenon of post-1965 immigration.
We need a country that has a diversity that works; one in which cultures live together loyally and lovingly as Americans.
As Abraham Lincoln famously said on the steps of the Illinois State Legislature in 1858, “A house divided against itself, cannot stand.”
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Jesse B. Russell is a native of Livingston, Montana and has written for a variety of scholarly and popular journals including, Front Porch Republic, The Claremont Review of Books Digital, Touchstone Magazine, The American Spectator, and Crisis.
Photo “Ilhan Omar” by Ilhan Omar. Background Photo “Little Mogadishu” by Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.