Skip to comments.State Dept, 2012: Boko Haram's Religion Not 'Primary Source of Violence in Nigeria'
Posted on 05/11/2014 4:06:10 PM PDT by Nachum
Pressed by dozens of lawmakers from both parties in 2012 to put greater focus on growing violence by Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that recently kidnapped 200 teenage girls in Nigeria, the State Department sent something akin to a form letter in reply.
The Oct. 12, 2012 letter from the State Department to the congressional officials downplayed the religious motivations of the group's violence. "Similar to the United States, Nigerias religious diversity is a source of strength, with communities working across religious lines to protect one another," the letter, obtained by Breitbart News, said.
The State Department's 2012 response to congressional pressure has emerged as a controversy after the kidnapping incident, which raised the profile of the loosely-banded, violent group. The response occurred during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State.
After years of resisting, the State Department designated Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) in November 2013.
Republican lawmakers and aides said that their private conversations with State Department officials were even more dismissive than the letter itself. H.R. 5822, The Boko Haram terrorist designation act, was legislation introduced by House members on May 17, 2012 but the bill died in Committee seven days later. A similar bill in the upper chamber met the same fate in Committee on the same day.
[State Department officials] would say, What youre doing is counter-productive here. Its hurting our relationship with the Nigerian government. What youre saying is not true, recalled a GOP aide who participated in the meetings.
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Islam is a source of EVIL. It strngthens only Satan, Islam's founder.
And when we can weed out Islamists within our government.
Not the primary source?
Was it the Tea Party? Bush’s fault?
or the victims of the Narcoterrorists
weaponized by Holder?
.... More likely the State Dept should look in the
“Nigerias religious diversity is a source of strength...”
What a load of hooey! So they’re working across religious lines, eh? Well, in a NON-diverse country, one doesn’t have to work across lines. One is unified by the sole religion. In a very diverse nation, however, one must work across those lines, as in make special effort to OVERCOME that diversity to accomplish something.
As another FReeper wrote me: Diversity is the death of a nation! That’s why the left keeps pushing the, “All religions are equal” nonsense. It’s a means to destroy western civilization and the nation state.
The Left has always branded us as terrorists because we are Americans. The true terrorists, they love without compunction. If they are black and muslim, all the better! Just go ask Cornell West and Noam Chomsky.
I(t was determined wealth inequality and the lack of midnight basketball programs were at fault. But not the religion. Oh no. Not that.
... Which is why they targeted Christian girls to kidnap
If you want to understand Boko Haram it is very simple. How many Muslim girls did they kidnap and how many Christian girls did they kidnap. All else is superfluous.
If all religions are equal, why don’t we import the whole lot of Jivaro headhunters? At least they make something out of the head after they cut it off!
But their religion is what justifies their violence, at least in their own minds. Killing, kidnapping, enslavement and rape are all just their way of doing Allah’s work, and if they pick up a little spare cash along the way, why, that’s just gravy.
It has needed one for the last 70 years.
What they need is an enema.
Give it time. Boko Haram's only had those spiffy, leftover Libyan weapons for a relatively short time and are just learning how to use 'em, just as they get why-not-cut-your-teeth-on-this instruction from Ayman Zawahiri and other, ubiquitous, #2 lieutenants.
They'll soon be the primary source; just keep watchin'!
“Similar to the United States, Nigerias religious diversity is a source of strength........, with communities working across religious lines to protect one another
?????? What were these dopes smoking?
do they REALLY REALLY REALLY expect us to believe that level of MALARKY??
Maybe hey were thinking of Barry Hussein Sotero Obama’s Home Countyr ot KENYA???
American Ambassador to Nigeria, Terrence McCulley, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to adopt a more targeted approach and combination of better services for Northern citizens as a way to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.
He believes that this would enable government to attract more friends.
The envoy reiterated his home governments objection to the use of heavy-handed tactics by security agencies in tackling security challenges.
Nigerias government needs friends in the North and a more targeted approach to tackling Boko Haram, McCulley said while delivering a paper entitled, Leadership, Good Governance and Generative Cities as Prerequisite for National Development, at the distinguished public lecture organised by the Faculty of Engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, on Thursday.
The envoy said a population anywhere in the world that feels neglected by authorities tends to become complacent to criminal activities, noting that criminals and terrorists exploited such sentiments to unleash terror in protest.
He explained that contrary to dominant notion held in the media that the United States government believes poverty causes terrorism, the actual cause of terrorism was failure of governments to provide things citizens needed.
McCulley, who likened the Nigerian situation to the industrial decline and resultant high rate of criminality in New York city at the end of the 1970s crisis, noted that New York main train and bus terminus that were hangouts for the citys version of area boys now provides efficient and safe daily 24 hours transportation for residents from Seattle, Portland and New York.
Whenever and wherever a population feels its government is not providing an adequate quality of life, it becomes complacent to criminals, whether they are vandals or terrorists.
I see some similarities between New York in the 1980s and Northern Nigeria today. The underlying cause in both cases was subtly different.
New Yorkers in the 1980s and Nigerians in the North today felt betrayed by their governments, who had failed to provide the things citizens needed, like good schools and adequate infrastructure.
Criminals and terrorists exploited these sentiments and took advantage of a dearth of government presence to grow their nefarious organisations.
That is one reason why the U.S. supports the improvement of schools, health programmes and infrastructure in Northern Nigeria as part of comprehensive approach to the challenges posed by the Boko Haram sect.
It is also a reason that the U.S. objects to the use of heavy-handed tactics by security forces taking on those challenges.
A century ago liberalism was enamored by the notion of the “noble savage.”
Now they are enamored by the notion of the “peaceful muslim”.
Plus ce change....