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State Dept, 2012: Boko Haram's Religion Not 'Primary Source of Violence in Nigeria'
Breitbart ^ | 5/11/14 | Kerry Picket

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, Nigeria’s 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 you’re doing is counter-productive here. It’s hurting our relationship with the Nigerian government. What you’re saying is not true,’” recalled a GOP aide who participated in the meetings.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boko; haram; nigeria; religion
State Dept, 2012: Boko Haram's Religion Not 'Primary Source of Violence in Nigeria'

Looking forward to the time when adults are running things again.

1 posted on 05/11/2014 4:06:10 PM PDT by Nachum
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2 posted on 05/11/2014 4:06:33 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum
Nigeria’s religious diversity is a source of strength

Islam is a source of EVIL. It strngthens only Satan, Islam's founder.

3 posted on 05/11/2014 4:08:29 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Nachum

And when we can weed out Islamists within our government.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 4:08:40 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Nachum

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
proverbial mirror.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 4:09:57 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Nachum

“Nigeria’s 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.


6 posted on 05/11/2014 4:15:09 PM PDT by CitizenUSA
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To: Nachum

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.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Diogenesis

I(t was determined wealth inequality and the lack of midnight basketball programs were at fault. But not the religion. Oh no. Not that.


8 posted on 05/11/2014 4:18:11 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: Nachum

... Which is why they targeted Christian girls to kidnap


9 posted on 05/11/2014 4:19:34 PM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: Nachum

Willing blindness.


10 posted on 05/11/2014 4:29:19 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Bulwinkle

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.


11 posted on 05/11/2014 4:30:48 PM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: CitizenUSA

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!


12 posted on 05/11/2014 4:32:29 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: Nachum

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.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 4:47:17 PM PDT by alloysteel (Selective and willful ignorance spells doom, to both victim and perpetrator - mostly the perp.)
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To: Nachum
The State Department is in need of a thorough fumigation.
14 posted on 05/11/2014 5:01:29 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: reg45
The State Department is in need of a thorough fumigation.

It has needed one for the last 70 years.

15 posted on 05/11/2014 5:04:16 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

What they need is an enema.


16 posted on 05/11/2014 5:06:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BipolarBob

And the Tea Party!


17 posted on 05/11/2014 5:25:07 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Nachum
State Dept, 2012: Boko Haram's Religion Not 'Primary Source of Violence in Nigeria'

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'!

HF

18 posted on 05/11/2014 5:32:04 PM PDT by holden
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To: Nachum

“Similar to the United States, Nigeria’s 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???


19 posted on 05/11/2014 5:36:27 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: dfwgator
what they need is a FEARLESS ADVERSARY!!!




20 posted on 05/11/2014 5:37:35 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Nachum
DHS Emails Reveal U.S. May Have Terrorist “Hands Off” List
21 posted on 05/11/2014 5:58:39 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
http://dailyindependentnig.com/2012/07/good-governance-antidote-to-insecurity-u-s-tells-fg/

(July, 2012)

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 government’s objection to the use of “heavy-handed tactics” by security agencies in tackling security challenges.

“Nigeria’s 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 city’s 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.

(snip)

22 posted on 05/11/2014 7:38:22 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Nachum

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....


23 posted on 05/11/2014 8:54:01 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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