Skip to comments.State Dept. Official: ‘Just Not Accurate’ to Characterize Boko Haram as Muslim
Posted on 05/16/2014 11:00:18 AM PDT by xzins
A State Department official told a Senate hearing on terrorism in Nigeria this morning that Boko Haram is trying to portray its philosophy as being a Muslim philosophy, and thats just not accurate.
Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs Chairman Chris Coons (D-Del.) referenced a hearing that he held two years ago, in which lawmakers learned that Boko Haram was training with Al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in an area the size of Texas.
The hearing that we conducted two years ago could almost literally be repeated today in terms of ongoing structural challenges that have led to this insurgency and have created the conditions and sustained, and in some ways accelerated, the conditions for Boko Haram, Coons said.
Ambassador Robert Jackson, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs, stood in on the panel of witnesses for Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who was reportedly traveling. Thomas-Greenfield acknowledged to a House panel last November that while Boko Haram has a religious bent to what they do, they are non-discriminating in their attacks on people.
We join the world, the people of Nigeria and the parents of these children in expressing our outrage at Boko Harams shocking acts and its perverse ideology, Jackson said. This tragic kidnapping calls us to redouble our efforts to defeat a malicious terrorist organization that has troubled Nigeria for more than a decade.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) questioned Jackson about whether the administration is properly characterizing the threat.
Is the prime motivator here of this instance, in your opinion is the prime motivator the desire to deny young women access to education and empowerment? Rubio asked.
Senator, I actually think the prime motivator is to raise more funds for Boko Haram through ransom, Jackson replied. However, the fact that Boko Haram opposes Western education is certainly a reason why these girls were targeted.
Can I suggest that I think theres another motivation thats not getting nearly enough attention, and that is that this is clearly motivated by an anti-Christian attitude of this group, Rubio continued, citing a grotesque statement from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau: It is either you are with jahideen, or youre with the Christians. We know what is happening in this world. It is a jihad war against Christians and Christianity. It is a war against Western education, democracy and constitution This is what I know in Quran. This is a war against Christians and democracy and their constitution. Allah says we should finish them when we get them.
I dont think theres any doubt about whats motivating them, Rubio said. One of their leading motivators here is this is not simply and theres no doubt that this is a part of it, but this is not just about girls going to school and its not just about raising money. There is a strong anti-Christian element of this organization and of this activity. Am I right in saying that?
Senator, there is a strong anti-Christian element, but I would offer that more of the thousands of people who have died as a result of Boko Harams activities are Muslim than Christian, Jackson said.
Rubio stressed we should not ignore the fact that there is a religious persecution aspect of this that is very significant and deserves attention, especially in light of what we are seeing not just in this part of the world but multiple areas of the world, where we are seeing horrifying instances of religious persecution against Christians, which, in my opinion, has been underreported.
Senator, I respectfully suggest while anti-Christian sentiment is a strong motivator, the fact of the matter is that Boko Haram is trying to portray its philosophy as being a Muslim philosophy, and thats just not accurate, Jackson said.
Im not claiming that this is somehow driven by legitimate teachings of Islam. What Im arguing is that there is a strong anti-Christian element to this and that it is part of a broader anti-Christian persecution that we are seeing repeatedly throughout the world. Would you disagree with that statement? the senator asked.
I do not disagree, but I continue to want to emphasize that Boko Haram terrorizes all people, the State Department official responded.
Jackson said about 85 percent of the more than 200 teens taken from the Chibok secondary school are Christian. Nigerias population includes about about 60 million Protestants and 20 million Catholics, according to Pew.
Rubio stressed that a crime against Muslims is no less worse or less bad than a crime against Christians.
What Im trying to put aside what Im trying to put forward here is that we cannot continue to ignore that persecution of Christians is a leading motivator not just of whats happening in Boko Haram but in other parts of the world, as well, but in this specific instance, they are clearly motivated by anti-Christian attitudes and anti-Christian beliefs, he said. And I dont think thats even debatable, given their very own statement.
Shekau boasted in a recent video that the schoolgirls had been forced to convert to Islam.
These girls, these girls you occupy yourselves with
we have indeed liberated them. These girls have become Muslims, the terror leader said.
Freakin’ Amish. When are those psychos ever gonna stop?
Boko Haram is actually dedicated to the worship of Odin.
They are actually a long lost colony of Norsemen.
Bless the State Department’s little hearts and their blindness.
Then they must be Methodists, I suppose.
Then why did they claim that 150 of the kidnapped girls were converted to Islam? Liberals need to be removed from every office in the government immediately; this comment is beyond dangerously stupid.
If it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck........
Amish pictures requested
How about Menno-fascism? Could it be that long simmering dress code war between the Amish and the Mennonites!
They're just mainstream liberals.
I gather from this that it is OK for Boko Haram to act as it is doing and must be understood.
After all, they seem to be NON-DISCRIMINATORY and EQUAL OPPORTUNITY butchers, kidnappers, church burners, village destroyers and retailers of young girls while they avoid any semblance of BIGOTRY.
If this is the attitude of the United States Department of State, it is not the USA alone in dire peril.
It is the entire, complete, whole thing world.
No true sharia compliant muslim would be sharia compliant
They are either following the teachings of Islam or Islam doesn’t believe in the teachings of Mohamed.
Which is it?