Former Miss Iraq: ‘Ilhan Omar Does Not Represent me as a Muslim’
After the Iraqi government threatened to cancel her citizenship, former Miss Iraq Sarah Idan is putting up a fight. Idan posted a photo with Miss Israel at the Miss Universe pageant as a show of “peace,” she told the “Sara Carter Show” Sunday. Since sharing the post on social media and becoming outspoken, Idan’s faced continued threats to her life, but she’s not cowering to the fear.
She understands far too well what happens when people don’t have the power to speak up. Idan grew up under the theocratic regime of Saddam Hussein.
Omar does not represent me as a Muslim does not represent millions of Muslims in the middle in the Middle East, Sarah Idan
She was taught that the U.S. and Israel were both “evil” forces, but Idan later learned that that was not the case.
“When I saw the soldiers the U.S. soldiers the first time how they came and how they talked to us they gave us candy and flowers and they were like just one of the nicest people,” Idan told Carter. She no longer saw them as “evil” and, at the age of 18, Idan became a translator for the U.S. troops.
Now, Idan’s lived in the U.S. for nearly eight years, and she explained to Carter.
“I feel like here more at home than in Iraq,” she said.
The belief in freedom, Idan said, “is something you cannot find in another country.”
However, As a champion for moderate Islam, Idan said she’s concerned with American leaders like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “Omar does not represent me as a Muslim does not represent millions of Muslims in the middle in the Middle East. You know like in Arab countries we call her the Muslim Brotherhood.”
“They are a extremist Muslims, Sunni Muslims, who are now working together with Iran against all the Arab countries,” she said. “They’re working now with Hezbollah, with Turkey, with all that. You know, the thing is about this organization they are extremist Muslims, they’re Jihadis, and they have this ideology that they want to control the world.”