Siad Barre, Somalia’s Secular Dictator… And Ilhan Omar

The Islamic world has been very unfortunate that, after defeating European colonialism, it harvested a set of “postcolonial” leaders who just continued the modernizing agenda. The only difference being the skin-tone.

One such person the faithful peoples of Somalia had to endure from 1969 to 1991 (he himself died in 1995): General Siad Barre and his “Somali Democratic Republic.”

He was kicked out on the 26 of January 1991, so around 31 years ago.

It’s thus a good moment to look at the legacy of this General Barre and also why his ideology might not have been entirely buried, especially not in “American Islam.”

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The Façade of “Islamic Marxism”

General Barre as a solider faithfully served both the Italian and the English colonizers, and himself was mentally colonized by the West to the point of aiming to mix Islam with Marxism.

He also knew that Somalis love the Qur’an and the Sunnah, so in order to impose his modernist agenda, and also to get some money from the Soviet Union, he faked an ideological wedding (more like a forced marriage) between Islam and Marxism.

In 1977 the New York Times reported in an article cynically titled “Somalia Trys to Live by Both the Koran and ‘Das Kapital’“:

President Siad Barre has often insisted that Marx and Mohammed are not only compatible but also complimentary, that the religious asceticism of Islam can combine with the concept of mass discipline inherent in “scientific socialism” to forge a strong national will and lift the country from the ranks of the 25 poorest nations.

“Islam and socialism supplement each other because both advocate the advancement of the interest of the people, of mankind—justice, dignity, prosperity and equality,” be has written.

Basically both Ilhan Omar’s father and grandfather held what one could easily call senior positions in General Barre’s Marxist dictatorship, which eventually paid off for her, as it’s the reason why she escaped the civil war.

Is that what might explain Ilhan Omar’s ideology? Her consistent flirting with Leftism and the worst of leftist activism?

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He was a “Christian” pretending to be a Muslim or he could have fake converted for American weapons as was released from the American archives which showed that he had converted to Christianity for weapons to fight his wars.


The article is well written/an amazing read especially with how it all ties into Ilhan Omar’s views despising Muslim nations ruling with Sharia (along with the sources given) however what I’m about to say isn’t to be mean but just 1 thing which should be amended, Siad is the English way of spelling Siyaad (which is also my name).

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When it comes to Somali concerns, it’s a huge problem, and unfortunately, the information you provided is generally false. Mr. Barre was a vicious tyrant who didn’t care who was near to him, and he ordered the execution of those sheiks, some of whom belonged to his tribe. Ilhan’s family and father were among the first persons Mr Barre mercilessly slaughtered, with some being banished and others imprisoned for years. With the support of Ethiopia’s former commander, Col. Mengistu, and his troops,

Michael Abraham

And she always credits her father for shaping her politics.


Barre is also the one who changed the writing system from Arabic to Latin script.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s father, Hirsi Magan Isse, was a leading figure during that time as well.

Mona Ahmed

As a somali whose family is from the north you explained and exposed ilhan, she is a satanist. Somalia failed, because of communism. My mother was not allowed to wear her hijab or modest clothing in school. The terrorist in somalia are also funded by the SAME people.


Why you blame Ilhan Omar for crimes of other people like her relatives, when Allah clearly said in Quran in many verses that no soul bears the burden for another’s sins? If you want to blame her for something, blame her own policies that she did in her own career. Her ideology is capitalist wokery, which is far removed from Barre’s communism. Blaming her for what Barre did, is like blaming iranian Haqiqatjou for wrongs of Ayatollah republic who also claim to be champions/defender of Islam/sheria


Just because the US Republicans and far right accuse their rivals Democrats and those who are not as far-right as them of being “communist” or “Marxist”, doesn’t mean that woke/Dems (including Ilhan) are actually the same as Marxist or commies. REAL Marxist/commies like USSR and PRC ban/restrict both religion and LGBTQI (which they see as “western capitalist bourgeoisie decadence”) while modern American wokery legalizes both, and modern US denounces/boycotts Marxist PRC for restricting both.

Suhuyini Mohammed Amin Imoro

where is she held responsible for their actions in the article?


This article’s last 2 paragraphs indirectly suggest that she is who she is politically (a secular feminist woke liberal extremist) because of the old Marxist commie dictatorship in her grandad land. This is a ludicrous and blatantly lying accusation, since the two cuffart ideologies are poles apart from each other. Instead it’s more obvious that she became the woke liberal extremist that she is now just to fit in with her surrounding culture in big city America, not because of historical Somalia


Neither Ilhan nor Barre are responsible for each other’s crimes or ideologies. Mere coincidence that Ilhan family connected with this Red tyrant who Genocide Islam as Marxist ally. But you know who else is ally of Red Marxist today and therefore indirectly support Islam ban/genocide? It’s non other than Muslim skeptic’s own semi-idol or hero or undeclared secret employer, the drug-dealing nationalist rulers of a country whose language he speaks and whom he is clearly a shill or foreign agent of.

Matthew Apod

Wow. Yeah right, buddy.