Friday, May 9, 2014

Boko haram

Islamists, Boko Haram included, aren’t against girls’ education per se. They are supportive of the Islamic education girls receive in Islamic schools. The secondary school in Chibok deep in Muslim Nigeria, where Boko Horam kidnapped hundreds of girls, isn’t an Islamic school. It’s a Western school. They oppose boys and girls attending these schools. The Australian media reported in February:

The name Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful” and school attacks have featured prominently in the group’s four-and-a-half-year Islamist uprising, which has killed thousands of people.

The police chief said all the [59] victims in Monday’s attack were boys, and the school’s 24 buildings, including staff quarters, had been completely destroyed by fire.

Listen to the Boko Horam leader’s own words:

We are against Western education, and I say stop Western education... In every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make: Either you are with us, I mean, real Muslims who are following Allah’s footsteps, or you’re with Obama, Francois Hollande, George Bush... This war is against Christians, I mean Christians generally.

A few exceptions aside, Western education has little to do with Christianity anymore. Its foundations are materialism and liberalization. Observe its fruits and judge it accordingly. Western civilization is openly at war with both Christianity and Islam, their differences notwithstanding. This is how Islamists see Western schools:

African leaders seized on the opportunity to shake down ketchup millionaire/Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry. Kerry, sympathetic to the “poverty causes crime” argument, bought it.

During his recent Africa trip leaders had told him that much of the challenge in confronting violent extremist groups like Boko Haram lies in fighting poverty, Kerry said at a Council of the Americas conference in Washington.

“They all talked about poverty and the need to alleviate poverty, and that much of this challenge comes out of this poverty where young people are grabbed at an early stage, proffered a little bit of money,” he said.

It’s true children can be manipulated, but who, or what, is manipulating them? The wages of sin tempt not the poor, but the weak. Islam is responsible for its evil, not poverty. Bourgeois liberals can’t see this through their ideological blinders. They can’t explain the poor Christians who don’t murder boys or kidnap girls. They can’t explain Islamic terrorists’ roots in the Arab upper class.

“We were surprised that [the] inequality paradigm seems not to be supported. The study essentially seemed to show that those born in the U.K. consistent with the radicalization paradigm are actually more affluent or well off.” –Kamaldeep Bhui

As for Nigeria, it needs the Sudan solution. For decades Sudan’s Muslim north warred with the Christian south. In 2011 South Sudan became an independent country.

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