Smeared 'Black Hawk Down' Survivor Schools Omar

  • 2019-04-24
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Smeared 'Black Hawk Down' Survivor Schools Omar
By Petty Officer 1st Class Elisandro T. Diaz [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On Monday, a tweet from Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar resurfaced smearing U.S. soldiers who gave everything stop a genocide during the Somali Civil War.
 
Kyle Lamb, a veteran of the Battle of Mogadishu, which later inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down had a few choice words for the profoundly mistaken Rep. Omar.

Here's Kyle Lamb in his own words:
 

I take special exception to Omar’s disgusting comments because I served in the Battle of Mogadishu, which was later portrayed in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” If you aren’t familiar with the real story behind “Black Hawk Down,” let me set the scene for you.

In late 1992, President George H. W. Bush launched Operation Restore Hope in support of United Nations initiatives to restore some semblance of law and order to Somalia, which was wracked by devastating famine and violent warlords eager to use the chaos and hopelessness to establish corrupt fiefdoms.



 

The purpose of American involvement in Somalia was to protect the peacekeepers tasked with the near-impossible mission of delivering vital food and medical supplies to the starving, war-torn population. As the aid grew, so did the opportunities for graft from warring clans who saw the humanitarian crisis as a way to cement their power throughout the country.

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I am thankful Omar and her family and countless others were able to escape to neighboring Kenya while we fought to protect those left behind, but I simply cannot comprehend her attitude towards those of us who fought to protect her country and countrymen from warlords who plunged Somalia only further into violence and starvation. I am glad that Omar can now enjoy the very freedoms we fought to protect, like the freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion affirmed in the U.S. Constitution, but I don’t understand why she uses those freedoms to slur the men and women of the U.S. military who made her security and liberty a reality.


Sergeant Major Kyle Lamb served more than 21 years in the U.S. Army, including more than 15 years in Special Operations. He is a veteran of multiple deployments including Somalia, Bosnia, and several tours in Iraq (both Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War).
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