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?
“more of the thousands of people who have died as a result of Boko Harams activities are Muslim than Christian,
Oh, and sunni muzzies never fight/kill shiite muzzies? Deflection on that guy’s part! Look! A photon! BS!
There are only 4 true muslims in the USA and they are NBC news contributors. The remaining billion are all shysters!
I wonder if that same Obama Administration official would agree with the following statement: The Ku Klux Klan is trying to portray its philosophy as being a Christian philosophy, and thats just not accurate.
The Obama Administration, the liberal media, and liberal academia are all trying to portray the KKK's philosophy as being a Christian philosophy." Wonder if they'll agree that's not accurate.
THAT explains it!
I could have sworn I saw my Uncle Sven in the background of one of the photos of that Boko Haram leader.
Good ol’ Uncle Sven. He always was a little crazy...
Everything is seen through the distorted lens of political necessity. Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism. Global warming is the most important issue before us and all the study necessary has already proven the disasters that will ensue if we don’t stop producing CO2. Obamacare has solved America’s healthcare inequalities. Whites and white privilege are responsible for all the perceived inequities in America. Capitalism is the worst terrorist activity. And on we go.
Of course the fundamental Muslims are killing other so-called Muslims, who are in practice Infidel Collaborators
Boko Haaram has to hate those people who profess to be Muslims but won't take up the sword against us despicable Infidels.
Those slackers are traitors to Islam and should be treated as if they were Infidels.
In some respects they are worse-they try to spread Infidel lifestyle and ideas amongst the other Muslims.
No fundamental Muslim is going to put up with obvious traitors to Islam in their midst. That's why so many "moderate Muslims" get killed.- Tom
Even a conservative president would have trouble trying to clean out the career vermin in the State Department.
a fine example of why we are in such deep doo-doo
Rubio is one of the few who really goes after this and keeps calling attention to the anti-Christian agenda of this administration.
I sure hope one of the top priorities of whoever gets elected in 2016 is to completely clean the Islamists out of the State Dept.
Thanks for posting this definition.
Interesting that Jackson arrogates to herself the right to decide who is and is not a “true Muslim.” The actual Muslims involved apparently aren’t capable of making such choices.
You know, I could make similar claims about men who murder and rape. They aren’t “really men” by my definition, so men don’t commit such acts.
Islam is a war plan.
AQ has killed many more Muslims than Christians, but that doesn't change their ultimate objective and purpose for being. How stupid do these people think we are.
The Regime is merely recognizing that the political winds have shifted in an ugly direction.
This is what our “leaders” have been doing since 9/11.
Someone must have convinced Bush that it wasn’t a good idea to imply we were going to war with Islam.
Enemy inside the gates. Does Rubio have any idea how big he would become if he would pin this mealy mouth to the damned wall!?
"In that case, do you believe that it is accurate to describe Al-Qaeda's philosophy as a Muslim one?"
and then this....
"Why do you claim to understand the true philosophy of Islam better than the leaders of Boko Hiram and Al-Qaeda? Have you studied the Koran more than they have"
THERE ya go!
If so, that was good advice.
You don’t declare war, even informally, on 1.2B people if you can avoid it.
Even if it’s a transparent political ploy, a legal fiction that Islam itself is not the problem can be useful.
That should not, of course, blind us to the fact that it very largely is the problem and should not impact our actual strategy and tactics.
It appears that many of our political and possibly even military leaders have fully bought into our legal and diplomatic fiction, which is really, really stupid.
You should never start believing your own propaganda.
Actually, I don’t think they believe their nonsense about Islam,
but are actually in support of Islam as an anti-Christian movement.
See? They’re not Muslim.
Later, Obamugabe and his thugs will get to define what “Christian” means, too...and that’ll be anything John Shelby Spong says along with that homosexual Episcopal bishop whose false marriage just ended in false divorce.
These communist traitors in wdc sure seem to believe that everyone else is an idiot. These degenerates in wdc need brought to Justice.
Then call him Muslim trash.
That’s indisputably true of many liberals and leftists.
However, I think their bête noire is wider than Christianity.
They hate and despise all Western Civilization, with of course America, capitalism and Christianity in many ways the most visible symbols of that civilization.
Christianity, of course, is the foundation of Western Civ. But we could all become atheists tomorrow, and these guys would still hate the rest of Western Civ.
‘BH ain’t Muslims’
Comrades, this is glorious news! We must stream from our offices, factories and homes carrying banners praising Comrade Obama and the Inner Parties for their wise leadership and our new, happy lives ...
We’ll never know for sure,
but I would assert that the flipside is the real truth.
They hate Western Civ because it is based on God’s moral Law.
I wonder if they’ll realize what they’ve lost when we’re all gone.