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Boko Haram and the Jihad in Africa

Posted on | May 10, 2014 | 72 Comments

The #BringBackOurGirls Twitter hashtag — online activism about the plight of girls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria — has been embraced by numerous celebrities, including Alyssa Milano. This situation has gained worldwide attention and highlights a reality that American media have in recent years deliberately ignored: The persistent menace of violent Islamic jihad in sub-Saharan Africa.

If the news of the Boko Haram abductions was shocking, it was because the American media have been so busy promoting the Obama administration’s narrative that, since the death of Osama bin Laden, the threat of Islamic terrorism has essentially ended. This narrative is politically convenient for Democrats, but as with most such narratives, it’s a gigantic lie. There are still many millions of Muslims in the world who hate us and want us all dead, and many of them are willing to take up arms to accomplish that goal.

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama will highlight the Boko Haram abductions in the weekly White House radio address, and I guarantee you in advance that the words “Muslim” and “Islam” will not be part of her script. American news media are willing accomplices in this dishonest propaganda, habitually referring to Boko Haram as “militants” or “rebels” (not terrorists, you see) and, as to the religious orientation of Boko Haram, they might as well be rogue Episcopalians for what you could gather from most media reports. Meanwhile, in Nigeria . . .

Damning testimonies gathered by Amnesty International reveal that Nigerian security forces failed to act on advance warnings about Boko Haram’s armed raid on the state-run boarding school in Chibok which led to the abduction of more than 240 schoolgirls on April 14-15.
After independently verifying information based on multiple interviews with credible sources, the organization today revealed that the Nigerian security forces had more than four hours of advance warning about the attack but did not do enough to stop it.
“The fact that Nigerian security forces knew about Boko Haram’s impending raid, but failed to take the immediate action needed to stop it, will only amplify the national and international outcry at this horrific crime,” said Netsanet Belay, Amnesty International’s Africa Director, Research and Advocacy. . . .
Amnesty International has confirmed through various sources that Nigeria’s military headquarters in Maiduguri was aware of the impending attack soon after 7:00 p.m. on April 14, close to four hours before Boko Haram began their assault on the town.
But an inability to muster troops — due to poor resources and a reported fear of engaging with the often better-equipped armed groups — meant that reinforcements were not deployed to Chibok that night. The small contingent of security forces based in the town — 17 army personnel as well as local police — attempted to repel the Boko Haram assault but were overpowered and forced to retreat. . . .

Read the rest. When the terrorists — oops, I meant to say militants — are better armed than the army, you’ve got a problem.

But where are the feminists who made #WarOnWomen and #RapeCulture into such trendy phenomena? Why aren’t feminists sounding the alarm about the dangers Islamic jihad poses to girls and women worldwide? Because our so-called “feminists” in America are merely the handmaidens of the Democrat Party, promoting whatever phony “issues” will help elect more Democrats and, as such are part of the same propaganda operation where the Obama administration and its media enablers refuse to call Boko Haram what they really are: Islamic terrorists. And just in case anyone is naive about what doctrines of the Prophet these rapists with AK-47s are imposing on their young captives, Phyllis Chesler is here to enlighten you:

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram . . . captured three hundred Christian and Muslim Nigerian schoolgirls to become their sex and domestic slaves. The Muslim fundamentalists swooped down upon them as they were learning in a “forbidden” government secular school. . . .
The world media calls this a “kidnapping” in Nigeria. It is not a “kidnapping.” It is the face of Jihad, the way of Jihad. Boko Haram are not holding these girls for ransom, they are not willing to return them for money. They already view the girls as their God-given booty, and as sale-able property. . . .
The Christian girls will be raped, converted to Islam, and then, like the Muslim girls, “married” to one of their captors. Some will be trafficked into the sex trade, which is pandemic throughout Africa and the Muslim Middle East. . . .
Please understand: Boko Haram are the Nigerian Taliban. Like their Pakistani and Afghan counterparts, they oppose education for girls and would rather marry and impregnate them instead — for Allah’s sake.

Schoolgirls are being raped in the name of Allah and Mohammed, and there was ample warning of the danger: I wrote about Boko Haram in December 2012 (“Islamists Target African Christians“) and in January 2014 (“Islam’s Terrorist African Caliphate“).

But the Democrat-dominated media won’t mention Islam and won’t call Boko Haram “terrorists” because, so far as our journalistic establishment is concerned, the real enemy are always Republicans.

UPDATE: Dana in the comments informs us that my prophecy was correct — no mention of Islam in Michelle Obama’s radio address about the Armed African Girl-Rapers of Unknown Motive.



72 Responses to “Boko Haram and the Jihad in Africa”

  1. K-Bob
    May 10th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    One thing the founders resisted was any attempt to define religion. It’s time we made the attempt.

    We may never be able to agree on how to define what constitutes a religion, but we should at least be able to name a few obvious disqualifiers. For one:

    Any belief or teaching that you must kill those not of your belief, or that you have a right to treat them as inferior, means you are not a religion.

    We should at least be able to strip any group of religious protections when they are guilty of such things.

  2. Steve Skubinna
    May 10th, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

    Screw these hastag warriors. They’re the same ones who think leaving a US ambassador and three other Americans to die in Beghazi is a punchline.

    They’re the same sanctimonious clowns who wailed about the Taliban’s mistreatment of women until George W. Bush did something about it. If anything concrete ever gets done about Boko Haram these same bold fighters for social justice will be lining up to represent the surviving members pro bono.

  3. K-Bob
    May 10th, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    One-hit wonders of the sixties!

    But you forgot the link.

  4. K-Bob
    May 10th, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    BTW, the top article at the link is an interesting bit of unintended foreshadowing.

  5. johncunningham
    May 10th, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    One basic fact you will never see in the leftie press is the actual, official name of the group–The group has officially adopted the name “the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad”,[33] which is an English translation of Arabic[34] Jam?’at ahl as-sunnah li-d-da’wa wa-l-jih?d (????? ??? ????? ?????? ???????).

    curious how every leftie media outlet has skipped over that, no?

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  7. richard mcenroe
    May 10th, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

    When State Department took over “rebuilding” Iraq they actually tried to impose all the domestic US gender- and ethnic-equity-based business requirements for disbursing US aid money to the Iraqis.

    I would imagine hiring of Hispanics, blacks and women in Bagdhad increased significantly as a result.

  8. richard mcenroe
    May 10th, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    Sez all you need to hear that when Michelle Obama tries to look like she haz a sad the best she can manage is to look put-upon.

  9. richard mcenroe
    May 10th, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    It’s not well-meaning, it’s lazy. It’s a pose. It’s “We ain’t gonna do squat for those girls but here, we made a face, happy now?”

  10. maniakmedic
    May 10th, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    Caring hard takes a lot of effort!

  11. Paul H. Lemmen
    May 10th, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    #BringBackOurGirls A picture is worth a thousand words when you mean it!— Paul Lemmen (@PaulLemmen) May 11, 2014

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  13. Dana
    May 10th, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    Of course it’s a helpless plea. Boko Haram won’t listen to us, and we’re unwilling to really do anything other than talk.

  14. Dana
    May 10th, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

    Dude, we’ve exercised the tremendous wisdom of sending female ambassadors (think April Glaspie) and female Secretaries of State (Madelyn Albright, Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton) to negotiate with men who think that women are inferiors who have no business in public life. What a brilliant way to gain respect for the message being sent, and to impress those Muslim strongmen that the United States is serious.

  15. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    May 11th, 2014 @ 2:56 am

    Sock puppet, sock puppet, show us your dance, Moby by chance? Do your little lefty prance…

  16. FOAF
    May 11th, 2014 @ 3:15 am

    ” Dana in the comments informs us that my prophecy was correct — no mention of Islam in Michelle Obama’s radio address about the Armed African Girl-Rapers of Unknown Motive.”

    Wow, Stacy, you must have ESP! (cue Twilight Zone theme)

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  18. Adjoran
    May 11th, 2014 @ 5:58 am

    It does have a certain Neal odor about it, doesn’t it?

  19. Adjoran
    May 11th, 2014 @ 6:06 am

    I must disagree. Britain’s armed forces were depleted after WWI, and needed investment in upgrading lagged behind with the effects of Depression. And there was no will in Britain in the ’30s to either rearm or to aggressively oppose Hitler’s then minor expansionism.

    Chamberlin’s error was trying to negotiate. Hitler might well have been bluffing, had Britain and France simply insisted in would be an act of war to annex territory, he may or may not have proceeded. But Chamberlin had no cards to play at all. There was nothing with which he could credibly threaten Hitler.

    Which leaves the French. I rest my case.

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    May 11th, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    Another example of the reign of terror unleashed upon the innocent by savage, murderous, black, muslims:

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