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Boko Haram V. Nigeria’s Crooks

Terrorists use the name of Islam to support their political agenda because it’s a powerful, emotional tool to inspire, deceive and recruit followers.” As the case of Boko Haram, it’s clear that their actions have nothing to with Islam—and are in fact diametrically opposed to the tenets of this beautiful, loving faith—simply call them what they are; Terrorists, murderers, kidnappers and killers with a political agenda. It’s time that the media become more responsible with their use of terms like “Islamist,”  “Islamic extremists,” and the like. Members of the media, kindly stop referring to the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram as “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamists” or anything else involving the word“Islam.”

The media does not use the term “Christianists” or ”Christain Terrorists” to describe extremists Christian groups like the Lords Resistance army, Anti Balaka ,Klu Klux clan so STOP using “Islam”

BOKO HARAM V. NIGERIA’S CROOKS

 ERIC MARGOLIS

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Militants use the “banner of Islam” to further their own political

agenda with zero regard for the principles of the faith.

 

The kidnapping of some 200 girls in northern Nigeria has sparked world outrage.
It’s a perfect media sensation:
exotic locale and remarkably nasty kidnappers from a northern rebel movement, Boko Haram.
I’ve long been a connoisseur of Third World nasties, starting way back in the 60’s with Haiti’s voodoo chief, Papa Doc. Most have been nobodies who achieved instant international prominence by shooting off their mouths, making lurid threats and committing some dramatic outrage.
The latest is Boko Haram’s chief, a certain Abubakar Shekau. This lunatic has become a world bogeyman by kidnapping the school girls, gleefully prancing in front of TV cameras, and vowing to sell them into marital slavery.
Howls of fury erupted from leftist women’s groups in the US, and from President Barack Obama’s liberal warrior women, Susan Rice and UN ambassador Susan Powers. Hillary Clinton lost no time in jumping on this vote-winning issue.
In a truly heartwarming gesture, China says it will send “specialists” to aid the hunt for the missing girls. This is really about China’s race for Africa’s resources and its growing competition there with the US and Europe. The US wants its troops there before the Chinese arrive.
 
Few people anywhere cared much about the thousands of Afghan villagers just buried alive by a monster mud slide. Even fewer that Boko Haram’s previous rampages in northern Nigeria have killed over 1,500 civilians. Or that the thuggish Nigerian army and police’s brutal reprisals killed thousands of Muslim villagers.
Few outraged westerners knew that stealing girls is a traditional pastime in sub-Saharan Africa and child brides are second only to cattle rustling. There was no understanding in Washington that the tribal chaos and bloodshed now seething in South Sudan is merely a continuation of traditional raiding for cattle and women between rival Dinka and Neuer tribes.
Washington failed to take this into account when it engineered the breakup of Sudan to create South Sudan as an oil-rich US vassal state.
 
                              American foreign policy reacts to oil and gas as my cats do to catnip.                                                                                                 
 
Now, under the pretext of deep concern for the missing schoolgirls, theUS and Nigeria’s former colonial master, Britain, are rushing intelligenceagents and special forces to this vast nation of 170 million, Africa’s largest.
Faux humanitarian missions are the rage for western intervention in the Third World. Libya and Syria offer vivid recent examples.
US special forces are now operating out of Djibouti and Uganda in east Africa, ostensibly hunting fanatics of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a bunch of drug-crazed primitives hiding in dense forests. The US air base in Djibouti is being expanded to accommodate 4,000 military personnel and more attackdrones.
 
Nigeria is Africa’s leading oil and gas producer.
Over 40% of its exports go to the United States, supplying 10% of America’s energy needs. Nearby Angola has become another major energy supplier to the US.
Nigeria has important mineral and farming assets. Yet it remains mired in the deepest, shameful poverty.
One percent of the population controls all the wealth and steals billions annually.
In fact, the UN estimates almost all of Nigeria’s vast oil wealth has been stolen, squandered or stashed in Switzerland. Oil revenues flow directly to the government, then to powerful state governors. The only thing that trickles down to Nigerians is rain.
Northern Nigeria, mostly Muslim, is dirt poor. Oil wealth goes to the better off Christian south. The north’s Hausa and Fulani peoples have bitterly resented the massive theft of the nation’s resources by the more nimble southerners favored by British colonial rule.
In fact, Britain was at fault for creating the multi-ethnic mess that is Nigeria, another colonial Frankenstein state, like Iraq or Burma.
Boko Haram’s rampage must be seen in this context, a popular uprising against Nigeria’s limitless government corruption, poverty, and resource theft.
 
Boko uses the idiom of Islam but there is nothing Islamic about it.
As in other parts of the Muslim world, reformers call for imposition of Islamic law as an antidote to endemic corruption of governments and courts that has been too often fostered by Western colonialism.
Screaming “Islamic terrorism” won’t defuse Nigeria’s coming explosion. Considered one of the world’s most corrupt nations, Nigeria has to clean up its act – and fast.

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Hillary Under Fire for Boko Haram

The news that the State Department under Hillary Clinton declined to list Boko Haram as a terrorist group ricocheted through Washington on Thursday.
Everyone from Rush Limbaugh to U.S. Special Operations Command blew their lids at the news, broken by The Daily Beast, that Hillary Clinton’s State Department refused to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization. It provoked outrage on Capitol Hill and deeply partisan reactions on both sides of the aisle as the international outcry over the kidnapping of 300 female students by Nigerian based terror group grows.

Already on Thursday Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee and Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), the chair of the Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Counter Terrorism and Intelligence, sent a new letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, obtained by The Daily Beast, asking why Boko Haram was not classified as a terrorist organization in 2011 as sources within elite US military units told ABC News that they tried to put the Nigerian Islamist terror group higher up on their target list — only to be “shot down by State.”

The letter asks “Under federal statute, militant groups must meet three standards to be classified as a foreign terrorist organization. For designation as an FTO, a group must be a terrorist organization, it must engage terrorist activity (or retain the intent and capability to do so), and it must threaten the security of American nationals or the national security of the United States. Why, when it was clear as early as 2011 that Boko Haram met all of these conditions, was the FTO designation not made until November 2013?”

King and Meehan go on to raise further questions about the government’s response to the Nigerian terrorist group and state “it is critical that we address the threat posed by Boko Haram before it has the ability to export its violence and harm American interests and potentially Americans themselves.”

The outrage wasn’t just limited to Congress. Conservative pundits railed against the decision. Rush Limbaugh claimed that Obama should be held responsible too while Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, held Hillary Clinton directly responsible.  RNC Chair Reince Priebus called the refusal to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group “a leadership failure” while Newt Gingrich even called for congressional hearings. In contrast, Hayes Brown at the liberal Think Progress argued the State Department’s decision not to designate Boko Haram made sense in the broader picture of US-Nigerian relations at the time and that it did take measures to target the group’s leaders. Further, MSNBC’s Steve Benen condemned the GOP reaction as an attempt to “exploit Boko Haram as a domestic political tool.”

As the debate over what, if any, actions should have been taken by the United States government in the past raged in Washington, the Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing and U.S. military advisors are already on their way to Nigeria to combat the terror group, which killed 310 people in an attack on a village on Monday.

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