Filed under: Africa, Developing Nations, Islam, Terrorism, The United States | Tags: Boko Haram, Islamic Jihad, Terrorism in Africa
Can we please quit with the celebrities holding up little signs, and the hashtag signs in particular. It is clearly well-meant, but it trivializes serious things.
Tweets can seem memorable if just the right words are chosen, but brevity is not explanatory. It is bumper-sticker sloganeering — mindless and ephemeral.
Boko Haram means literally “books bad,” or “Western education is a sin.” Any education not based and centered upon the Qur’ran and Islam is sinful.
In the first three months of the year, Islamic jihadists in Nigeria have murdered at least 2,596 people. The onslaught by Boko Haram began sometime in 2009. It has come to the attention of the West only in recent savage attacks on schools, with children slaughtered, burned to death, or gathered up to be sold as sex slaves, which is perfectly legal and proper in Islam to prevent men from committing adultery.
Secretary of State John Kerry says it’s because of poverty. You can skirt around the problem of terrorism, refusing to call it by name, but improper designation simply makes the problem worse. The government of Nigeria seems unable to cope, but holding up little signs accomplishes nothing —nothing at all.
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