This Financial Times report below on killings in northern Nigeria "neglects" to identify the attackers and explain their motives. Like all too many of such reports missing are the words "Islam" and its aim to drive all Christians out of the lands in which they live so Islamic control and Sharia can be imposed on those lands and the remaining people.
The plan: Burn the churches, destroy the economy, gun down the Christians they come across and the rest will flee to the south of Nigeria.
Since Boko Haram has begun its murderous campaign in 2009, this article's author estimates that more than 12,000 have been killed, mostly Christians and no doubt some Muslims who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
In a recent article the claim was made that Boko Haram has killed more people in the last five years than all the other al-Qaeda affiliated groups combined in the Middle East and Africa. While their kill total is impressive, that's probably not so. Muslims are busy killing Muslims in Syria (to say nothing of Iraq) and the estimated death toll there is 200,000, which include many Christians who apparently are being killed by both Sunni and Shiite combatants.
All Muslim "insurgents" or "militants" or "terrorists" are driven by Islam's mandate to conquer all the lands of the world for Allah and convert or kill all the non-believers in the process. When it's Muslims against Muslims, the quarrel is over who will lead the worldwide (or regional or local) drive of supremacy. Violence is always an acceptable "tool," but deceit and trickery and infiltration of societies by non-assimilating immigrants who will out-birth the natives are often more effective weapons of conquest.
And where is the money coming from? In Boko Haram's case, it is Sunni so the money most likely is filtering in from the Saudis. Is the U.S. protesting this flow of money into jihad from our ally Saudi Arabia?
The weapons are in large part coming from the broken nation of Libya which the Obama administration decided to destabilize, resulting in, among other things, the murders in Benghazi of our ambassador and three other Americans who, despite Obama's words about the rationale for rescuing the deserter Bergdahl, were indeed "left behind."
To be sure, not all Muslims are bent on world conquest for Allah, but it is difficult to say who is and who isn't. Since there is some 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, the number who will perform violent acts in the cause of Allah is large. Estimates range up to 25%; that more than 325 million. Even a mere 10% is 130 million. A poll of Muslims 30 and under in the U.S. found that about 28% thought suicide murders could be acceptable under the "right circumstances." How many are true believers who quietly work for establishing Sharia in place of the Constitution in the United States? This is the declared goal of the Muslim Brotherhood, to conquer America from within. Why was Major Hasan Nidal in the Army? How did Hillary Clinton happen to have a Muslim as a top aide at the State Department whose family has been deeply involved with the Muslim Brotherhood for decades? Where are the Muslims who are loudly protesting the carnage done in the name of Islam? What you hear from is Saudi-funded public relations organizations explaining that these people "misunderstand Islam" or have "perverted" Islam. Trouble is, what these misunderstanders are doing is following the letter of the Koran and the teachings of Mohammad.
Boko Haram kills more than 200 in assault on three Nigerian Christian villages
The aftermath of a bomb attack in the city of Jos in May
By William Wallis in London and agencies for the Financial Times
June 5, 2014
Dozens of civilians have been massacred in three villages in Nigeria's remote north east in the latest attacks carried out by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, who are carrying out almost daily atrocities in the region.
Gunmen in combat uniforms on Tuesday rode army trucks through Borno state's Gwoza area, the main stronghold of the terrorist group, firing on villagers and burning houses and churches to the ground, security sources told Reuters news agency.
Other news agencies and local online media outlets cited witnesses suggesting the death toll from the attacks could be as high as 200.
Andrew Tada, a Gwoza man living in Maiduguri, Borno's capital, said he lost two cousins in the attack. He said residents had told him they were preparing to bury 45 people from one village alone.
"It is very sad and the villages are deserted now," he told Reuters. "We are just asking government to give us security to go there tomorrow to evacuate the corpses for burial."
Boko Haram has killed as many as 12,000 people since launching an insurgency in 2009 and grabbed world headlines after it abducted more than 250 girls from a secondary school in the remote town of Chibok in April.
By some estimates more than 560 civilians have been killed by insurgents since April 14 - the day of the abduction and a bus park bomb in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, that killed at last 75 people. In one of the deadliest single attacks, a bomb in the central city of Jos last month killed 118 people, officials said.
The mass kidnapping and bombings have piled political pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan at a critical moment in the electoral calendar, with political tension already heightened ahead of polls scheduled next February.
His government has flip flopped on whether or not it is prepared to negotiate with the militants to secure the release of the girls, amid daily protests at the government's handling of the hostage crisis.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who used to live in Nigeria, paid a visit to Mr Jonathan on Wednesday, to express condolences for the near daily atrocities carried out by the insurgents, who are attempting to carve out an Islamic state from Nigeria's multi-faith and ethnically divided population.
He expressed "sympathy for the struggles and suffering of the recent days" and said he was "deeply saddened by the bombings in Jos" because he knew the city well.
The security source told Reuters about three-quarters of the residents in the three villages near the Cameroon border - Attagara, Agapalawa and Aganjara - were Christians, but he did not know if Tuesday's attacks had targeted them specifically.
US troops are in neighbouring Chad on a mission to find the abducted girls. Britain and France have also offered help, but the Nigerian authorities fear any attempt to rescue them by force could endanger their lives.
Fifty-seven of the 276 kidnapped girls escaped in the early days of the abduction according to officials in the Borno state government.