There’s a bloodbath going on in Syria. It’s being reported that “Bashar Assad’s forces are murdering civilians in organized attacks on towns and villages.” Amnesty International published a 70-page report describing them as crimes against humanity.
Photographs of mass graves, burned out buses, bombed homes and business, civilian protests, and hooded rebels are all over the internet.
We should all be grieved by man’s inhumanity to man. Seeing young children wrapped in white grave attire and lowered neatly into hastily dug graves is heart wrenching.
Now we come to another gut-wrenching story that is virtually being ignored by both the media and the Obama Administration. Nigeria is experiencing religious genocide. This isn’t a new story. It’s been going on for months. Attacks on churches and the slaughter of Christians are being led by a militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram.
Boko Haram, which originated in Maiduguri, has declared “war” on Christians in Nigeria, saying that they are planning coordinated attacks to “eradicate Christians from certain parts of the country”. The group’s end-game is to “to eliminate followers of Christ from the region and establish an Islamic state.”
A spokesman for the group, which has stepped up its violent campaign against Christians in the North since Christmas, has said:
We will create so much effort to end the Christian presence in our push to have a proper Islamic state that the Christians won’t be able to stay.
Boko Haram’s actions over recent months indicate that this is no idle threat.
In a statement by Boko Haram published in the Nigerian newspaper Osun Defender, the group said the following:
“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state.”
The government of President Goodluck Jonathan has been asking the United States for help in dealing with Boko Haram and other terrorists, but so far the U.S. State Department has talked of providing financial aid to impoverished and marginalized youth, like Boko Haram.
The violence in northern Nigeria is mistakenly viewed as a religious conflict rather than simply a tribal dispute over land, according to the Obama administration.
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson said, “The Nigerian government must effectively engage communities vulnerable to extremist violence by addressing the underlying political and socio-economic problems in the North.” In what is
absolute dismissal of the life-and-death struggles that Nigerian authorities have had with Boko Haram, he added, “The government must also promote respect for human rights by its security forces, whose heavy-handed tactics and extrajudicial killings reinforce the belief that Abuja is insensitive to the concerns of the North.” Then he added helpfully, “The appointment of credible northerners to lead the government response to northern grievances would be an important and tangible step toward reversing that perception.”
Well, since the State Department appears to see Boko Haram as “credible northerners,” perhaps it will suggest their appointment. That would follow the pattern the Obama Administration has helped to set through Arab “Spring.”
While the Obama Administration continues to deny that Boko Haram are terrorists, more evidence has surfaced to prove their affiliation as such. . An April 30, 2012 report from Nigerian newspaper, This Day Live, reveals that documents linking Boko Haram directly to Osama bin Laden were found in the dead terrorist’s house in Pakistan. The documents confirm what a top Boko Haram figure had declared openly to The Guardian in January. “A Boko Haram spokesman had boasted after the attacks on Police Headquarters in Abuja last year that the group had just trained a generation of suicide bombers in Somalia in what was seen then as a direct link to al-Shaabab, a Somali terrorist group aligned to al-Qaeda,” according to the report. They added that “Boko Haram is also believed to be working with Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), based in Algeria.”
All the evidence coming out about Boko Haram only confirms and clarifies what the terrorist group has said about itself. It is “fighting to reinstate a 19th century Islamic caliphate.” As such, it wants to remove the Christian presence from the north of Nigeria and ultimately, from the entire country.
U.S. Congressmen Peter King and Patrick Meehan have warned that Boko Haram is a tremendous threat not only to the Christians and other good citizens of Nigeria, but “its tactics, targeting, and fundraising operations appear to be increasingly international in scope, including within the U.S. Homeland.” The two recently wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging that she designate the group as a terrorist organization.
The U.S. State Department continues to downplay Boko Haram’s Islamist nature, preferring to see the terrorist murderers – of whom even the Nigerian police are afraid – as victims of poverty and marginalization.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in Hausa, has killed around 1,000 people since 2009 in its bloody campaign to establish an Islamic state. The group is waging an increasingly bloody fight with Nigeria’s security agencies and public.
According to The Associated Press, Boko Haram has killed at least 580 people so far this year. In the past three weeks alone, more than 100 people have been killed in suicide bomb attacks by Boko Haram.
While initially targeting enemies via hit-and-run assassinations from the back of motorbikes after the 2009 riot, violence by Boko Haram now has a new sophistication and apparent planning that includes high-profile attacks with greater casualties.
That has fuelled speculation about the group’s ties as it has splintered into at least three different factions, diplomats and security sources say. They say the more extreme wing of the sect maintains contact with terror groups in North Africa and Somalia.
Targeting Boko Haram has remained difficult, as sect members are scattered throughout northern Nigeria and the nearby countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
This threat should be taken seriously. The Obama administration obviously can’t be bothered. Should somebody inform the mainstreet media that there is an actual news story happening in Nigeria?