Freshman U.S. Senator Ben Sasse is a remarkable man. No doubt out of frustration with the equivocations constantly issuing from President Obama about Islam, he decided to go to the site of the Islamic massacre in San Bernardino to speak clearly to the American people about the war in which we are involved.
The war was started by a man named Mohammad in the 7th Century. He declared that he and his followers would conquer the world in the name of Islam and would use all means available to accomplish that goal. Those include terror and all kinds of violence such as murder, rape, beheading, stealing and lying, deceit and trickery. Many of his followers are taking him at his word -- jihadists -- and today ISIS, Boko Haram and other units of Mohammad's army are utilizing violence to seize territory and eliminate those who do not believe that Allah is god and that Mohammad is the messenger of God.
Those who are jihadists or support what those jihadists do are growing in number in the Muslim world, thanks to decades of indoctrination by Saudi money that true Islam is only that as preached and practiced by Mohammad in the 7th Century.
However, there are Mohammad's followers who believe that violence in the long run is counterproductive and instead adopt non-violent means to advance the cause of world conquest. These "stealth jihadists" are strategic, utilizing propaganda, lies, deceit, deception and infiltration of countries by immigration of non-assimilating Muslims and infiltration of governments and positions of influence by believers in Islamic world conquest. It is troubling that those who seem to be "stealth jihadists" nonetheless teach that Mohammad is the perfect man. For example, an imam by the name of Suhaib Webb (who was for a period of time an imam at the Islamic Society of Boston, a known terrorist hotspot for many years) who now works with young people in the Washington, D.C. area, described Mohammad recently in a teaching session as "the best one ever to have lived." (Source: <"http://www.imakespace.com/halaqa-healing-visiting-faith-part-ii/">Link since taken down.)
Finally, there are those Muslims, hopefully the vast majority, who simply worship one god they call Allah and seek to lead good lives and abide by the laws of the lands in which they live, ignoring the commands of the Koran and of Mohammad to conquer and kill and lie in the name of Islam.
The nagging problem many people have is distinguishing one from the others since lying to nonbelievers is acceptable, according to Mohammad.
We know what happened in Paris. What's going on in Brussels, Belgium, the headquarters of the European Union, is even more ominous.
Belgium as a small European country has been targeted by Muslims for a takeover through immigration and population growth.
It's often said that Islamic law, Sharia, is incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and our democratic way of life. Some protest that, saying it just isn't true. Muslims quoted in this video agree: Sharia is incompatible with democracy and Islam and Sharia are the same thing.
Is it that the leaders of Europe don't listen or don't care? Or are they consumed by self-induced, self-destructive guilt? How will they atone for the sins of their colonial past?
Why, let into Europe the savages that for some decades they were able to keep under reasonable civilizational control as they robbed them of their natural resources. Let them come in and enjoy the benefits of what we have created at home with the wealth we stole from them. They will come in, enjoy and become happy campers like the rest of us.
That illusion was being proved wrong many years ago by actual experiences, long before 9/11/2001, but none are so deaf as those who will not hear and so blind they will not see. Even after 9/11 eyes and ears were shut.
Left-wing European elites are leaders in punishing their citizens for their many colonial and other sins by allowing, nay, encouraging the current Muslim invasion without noting their thuggery, superior contemptuous attitudes, violent behavior and lack of, shall we say, civilizational niceties (Toilet paper? What for?).
In the multicultural society, all civilizations are equal and the diversity is to be honored. Require assimilation? How insulting.
The British have had Muslim problems since it began allowing the immigration of Pakistani Muslims after the break-up of British India. Pakistani Muslims as well as Indian Hindus and Muslims were granted preferred status to immigrate to Britain. Hindus have largely assimilated and succeeded, the Muslims, hardly at all.
Warnings have been issued for years, before and after 9/11/2001.
What is not acknowledged is that Islam is at war with the rest of the world. It has been since its founding by Mohammad in 622, who declared unending war until Islam ruled the world.
To accomplish his initial goal of conquering Arabia presumably to root out paganism and to install belief in one god, Mohammad built an army. To provide resources for and to incentivise his army, he turned morality on its head.
He adopted the principle that the end of conquest justified the means, any means. Mohammad decreed that raiding caravans, attacking and seizing the wealth of peaceful communities and individuals, lying, deceit, stealing and killing those who would not acknowledge him as a messenger of God were good, not evil.
Not only that, his troops could keep 80% of the seized wealth and newly acquired human beings as slaves for sex, work or trade, as long as he got his 20% and his pick of the females. All for Allah. And a fighter who died advancing Mohammad's goal would be rewarded with an instant trip to a paradise with endless sex.
Mohammad's organizational genius and persuasive powers (it's amazing the things he got Allah to approve) unleashed the worst basic instincts of the animal world in his pursuit of power and wealth.
For 1400 years Mohammad's plan has been followed. First, believe. Second, submit, don't ask questions, just follow the program, I assure you, Allah has approved everything. Oh, if you ask questions, express doubt or leave the organization (Islam), you're a dead man. Any good Muslim can kill you in the service of Allah. This week's news proves Mohammad's words live on. In Bangladesh a publisher of atheist blogs was hacked to death.
Part of Mohammad's plan was to spread Islam by emigration. Muslims could leave their lands for lands of the infidels if their secret intentions were to expand the reach of Islam - hijra. Muslims could pretend to fit in, to be friends with infidels, but they should remain separate and maintain their ways, Sharia, and build communal strength until they would become strong enough to begin assuming control and transforming the host society to Islam.
Islamic leaders devised a plan for Europe back in the 1970s and even published it in book form in 1980.
The following article is a history lesson. It is a report published in the London Telegraph, a leading British newspaper, in 2005, ten years ago. Muslims expressed their outrage to the newspaper, which dutifully removed the offending article from its website, as a dhimmi would.
In the Muslim world a dhimmi is one who is not a follower of Mohammad, who acknowledges his inferiority and accepts his lower class position through deference and being humiliated -- and often paying a price to avoid being killed.
THE ISLAMIZATION OF EUROPE
- Dr Patrick Sookhdeo Telegraph, London August 11, 2005
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo is Director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity.
On Friday 20th May 2005 a crowd of some 300 Muslims burned a wooden cross outside the American embassy in London. This was part of a protest against the rumoured desecration of a Qur'an by American soldiers in Guantanamo Bay, during which British and American flags were also burned. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this event was that it was not deemed to be newsworthy, receiving little attention in the national press.
The whole scenario is reminiscent of what happens in so many Muslim-majority countries: a rumour of an insult to Islam, a violent and blasphemous anti-Christian reaction, police watching idly, and a complete lack of public interest let alone outrage. It could have been Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia or Northern Nigeria. But it was the UK.
The 2015 Muslim invasion of Europe is in full swing. How many years will it take to make Europe like the hellholes they are leaving? The "no go zones" in various cities will gradually expand as the new arrivals bringing the culture (?) and ways of life dictated by Islam overwhelm the natives, who will flee in terror or resignation. Europe will die.
There are no Christian armies standing in the way to force the invaders back as there was at Tours and at the Gates of Vienna. All will be lost.
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 are 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 are quietly working now to establish 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 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.
Boko Harams five-year battle to impose caliphate kills thousands
By Monica Mark, The Guardian
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Nigerians have suffered more than a year of attacks on western-style schools but the international community is only just waking up to it
The gunmen stormed in just as dawn broke over the school in a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria. There were around two dozen of them, and, survivors later recounted, they worked quickly, methodically and with unflinching brutality.
Allahu Akbar, they shouted, as they lined up students and murdered them with single bullets to the head. Some of the teenage pupils were burnt alive when their dormitories were locked, doused in petrol and set alight; those trying to escape were knifed to death.
They killed 46 boys all in all. Unlike the abduction of more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok last month, in this attack they spared the girls and killed all the boys. The atrocity barely registered in the international headlines. That was almost a year ago, in July 2013.
The schoolgirls have become symbols of an increasingly vicious conflict that had until now not registered on the western medias radar. Yet for more than a year there has been a pattern of attacking western-style schools, seen as anathema to Boko Haram, whose five-year battle to impose an Islamic caliphate in the north of Africas most populous country has killed thousands. Officials and former abductees told the Observer the girls were now being used as sex slaves, a suspicion that has fuelled almost two weeks of social media campaigns and rare protests across Nigeria.
But for ordinary Nigerians, who have lived for half a decade under the shadow of the insurgency, there is frustration that a singular act is obscuring a more complex narrative. Social media campaigns and public anger in different forms both at home and abroad have helped trigger international action from the US and UK, among others.
The accounts of former abductees of the Islamist sect Nigerian citizens ranging from civil servants to street hawkers suggest the schoolgirls are now being used as sex slaves. A day after the Chibok abductions, a squad from the Nigerian army was dispatched into the Sambisa forest. A soldier in the rescue mission told the Observer they encountered a group of 20 women in the scrublands, but they failed to get close to them without alerting the attention of the militants.
My unit found some 20 women abandoned by Boko Haram in the forest. They were traumatised, around 15 of them were pregnant, the soldier said.
Worse was what some of the women said. One, whose identity the Observer is protecting, said: We were lined up in a single file then asked our religion. The Muslims among us were allowed to move around the camp freely and interact, while the Christians were turned to sex slaves. Any girl who was Christian would have to sleep with four, five or six of the Boko Haram men every day
Boko Haram and the return of the Nigerian slave trade
GEOFFREY CLARFIELD May 11, 2014, The Times of Israel
Last week the Nigerian Islamic militants, Boko Haram, struck again in a small town in northern Nigeria near the Cameroonian border, killing 300 people. This is part of a series of escalating attacks such as the one they carried out last August, as the men of Konduga, a small northern Nigerian riverine Muslim community, were attending their Friday prayers. As they prayed, a group of armed Boko Haram terrorists attacked the mosque and killed 44 worshippers. The next day, as is their custom, Boko Haram released a video where they vilified and taunted the United States and Israel.
And then, just a few weeks ago, Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls and boasted on the Internet that they were going to sell them into slavery, something that has suddenly shocked the world, for few have fully realized that this means that we are witnessing the return of the Nigerian slave trade.
Given the extreme violence and the high death toll of Islamic uprisings in places like Syria and Iraq, the Western public has become accustomed to hearing about an ebb and flow of religiously inspired massacres, but it is the proud slaving propensities of Boko Haram that are a shock to the news reading public and, the fact that they openly boast about it. There is more to this story than meets the eye.
Western readers have difficulty understanding who Boko Haram are, where they come from and what they mean in the context of Nigerian history, for Nigeria is really two distinct countries, a Muslim north and a non Muslim south. These two distinct cultural and religious entities were artificially fused by the British empire in the late 19th and early 20th century in what historians now call the scramble for Africa, a period of about forty years when England, France, Portugal, Belgium and Germany occupied almost all of North and Sub Saharan Africa. Most of the members of Boko Haram hail from the northern Islamic states of what later became the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
What we now call Nigeria is the result of English merchants, and later imperial civil servants contracting treaties with a host of African chiefs and then linking them into a colonial framework which set the stage for the large African independence movements that emerged after WWII, motivated by western educated African elites who had witnessed a world war where the supposedly racially superior Europeans fought to the death with the help of hundreds of thousands of African and Asian troops. Indeed, it was the French General De Gaulle who once said that without the assistance of the African soldiers of French West and Central Africa, they would not have prospered in their fight against the German Nazis.
When the British established their administrative and military control over Nigeria in the early 20th century, they froze a historical dynamic that had been ongoing for over a thousand years, that is the slow conversion to Islam of the sahelian dwelling northern tribes of Nigeria, such as the Hausa and Kanuri peoples who lived under a range of feuding emirs or local sultans and who then, as sincere believers in Islam, adopted a Jihad which included systematic enslavement and sale of captives from the more southern non-Muslim tribes, such as the Yoruba, Ibo and many others who lived nearer to the Atlantic ocean.
This indigenous African slave trade which supplied northerners with an abundance of concubines, cheap domestic help and farm based slave labor, was then incorporated into the more widely known transatlantic slave trade where up country West Africans raided and sold slaves to down country West Africans, who in turn sold them in growing numbers to Europeans who took them across the Atlantic to the United States and to countries like Brazil, where legalized forms of slavery survived into the 1880s.
The northern Nigerian slave trade never stopped, even when the British made it illegal and long before historians brought to our attention the full horror of the transatlantic slave trade that has so dramatically changed the demography of the new world, both north and south and, our perceptions of American and South American history.
During the 20th century under colonialism and a newly independent Nigeria, slavery in the south practically disappeared and slavery in the north was reduced to an illegal minimum as the country's legal system actively forbid it. However, during the last few years some of the northern states of the Federal State of Nigeria, and who were once independent Muslim emirates states in pre-colonial times, have brought back Sharia law, which does not rule against slavery. It should then come as no surprise that young radicalized northerners, such as the members of Boko Haram, would like to take that one step further and bring back the old slave trade.
African historian John Alembillah Azumah has persuasively argued in his ground breaking book about the legacy of Islamic slavery in Africa that slave raids were quite extensive in all the emirates of northern Nigeria and in Adamawa in particular the practice continued until the 1920s. Organized raids sometimes involved the coordinated efforts of several political units referred to in some sources as polyglot raiding confederacies. Adult men were usually killed and the women, children and younger ones carried away. The Sokoto caliphate, therefore became the largest slave society in Africa with Adamawa as the major slave reservoir of the caliphate.
The European explorer Heinrich Barth who joined one of these slave-raiding expeditions in 1852, best describes the cultural style of the slave raid carried out by members of the emirates of northern Nigeria against a non-Muslim traditional group such as the Mugu. Barth joined a group of 20,000-armed warriors from the sultanate of Bornu. He wrote:
A large number of slaves had been caught this day. Altogether they were said to have taken a thousand and there were certainly not less than five hundred. To our utmost horror not less than one hundred and seventy full-grown men were mercilessly slaughtered in cold blood, the greater part of them being allowed to bleed to death, a leg having been severed from the body.
The colonial occupation of West Africa by the English and the French put an end to such outright raiding practices and then the slaves did everything possible to use the new legal and administrative systems put in place by the incoming English and the French, to gain a modicum of freedom under the new regimes. Towards the end of the 19th century, surveys carried out by the French and the British found that much of the population of West Africa were slaves. For those who still believe that the Atlantic slave trade was somehow ethnically and geographically sealed off from the indigenous and trans Saharan/Sahelian slave trade, Azumah has this to say:
Muslim emirates were by far the major suppliers of slaves. Indeed, the trans-Saharan and transatlantic slave trades reached their peak between the seventeenth and the early nineteenth centuries when the Muslim tradition of military Jihad was in the ascendancy in the Western Sudan. Most of the jihad movements became the main source of slaves.
Not surprisingly Boko Haram is led by a man from northern Nigeria or perhaps from just over the border in Niger, named Abubakar Shekau. Shekau is in his late thirties or early forties. He is known to have an almost photographic memory when it comes to the sacred texts of Islam. He has a 7 million dollar price on his head and he seems to enjoy posting his Youtube rants on the Internet where he regularly threatens the Nigerian government, the US, Israel and other Western countries.
Can you stop a cat from mousing? When I die it will be with a slave in my mouth.
Anthropologists and embedded journalists occasionally get access to the oral traditions handed down from father to son about the good old days in non-Western cultures. In the case of Northern Nigeria it is clear that the good old days were the precolonial days of Jihad and slavery. Terrorists such as Shekau did not emerge out of nowhere. He and his growing number of accomplices are a throwback to a time when he and his group and its ethnic allies were the dominant power in the region; the tough ones, the slave traders, the ones who lived off other people's labour in the name of Jihad and Islam.
Clearly the modern, forward looking, commercial and secular urban forms of contemporary Nigeria do not attract these young radicals. They want to turn back the clock to the time of their grandfathers and great grandfathers. It is also not suprising that Shekau and his colleagues seem to arise out of nowhere, strike hard and then disappear into the bush. This can only happen when a significant number of people in the countryside either support these brutal young men or, are too frightened to oppose them. The dynamics of this kind of guerrilla warfare was first written about by T.E.Lawrence for an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica just after WWI. It explains much about Boko Haram and its northern Nigerian environment.
The only thing new about Boko Haram is their technology. Their values and behavior are firmly rooted in a history that they do not want to reject, that of the well documented, but little known slave trade that has plagued Nigeria for centuries. Boko Haram is doing everything possible to bring it back.
Al-Qaeda linked terrorists murdered four Americans in Benghazi a few weeks before Obama's re-election day. Obama had been constantly bragging that the death of bin Laden (which of course he carried out singlehandedly,
But, wait a minute! The White House can't let anything spoil the narrative! This was no terrorist attack. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, it was some average Libyans upset with a nasty video about Mohammad posted on YouTube (and seen by less than 3,000 people over two months) who must have just let things get out of hand. Too bad about the ambassador, so we'll throw that filmmaker in jail and bring him to justice.
The Truth? The truth is what we can get the public to believe, so the White House spin machine rumbles on and on right through the election up to today.
But the time for truth telling may have come at last with the appointment by House Speaker Boehner of a Select Committee to get all the facts out.
Trey Gowdy will provide electifyingly capable leadership of that committee. Rep. Trey Gowdy's Select Committee on Benghazi will get the facts.
What do the folks back home in Greenville, SC think of their former federal prosecutor and now second term Congressman? Read this.
And take a look at this Gowdy meeting with the press corps not too long ago.
He is the right man to head the Select Committee on Benghazi. Watch the mainstream left wing media, the White House and Democrats in Congress try to destroy him.
Islam's war against Nigeria's Christians is now expanding to include the Nigerian government. For the second time in a few weeks, a bomb blast in the nation's capital Abuja, located in southern Nigeria, which is mostly Christian, has resulted in death, injuries and destruction.
The Islamic army Boko Haram, which took credit for the earlier blast, is considered responsible for this attack.
At the same time protests are spreading across the nation about Boko Haram's kidnapping of more than 200 teenaged girls from a school in northern Nigeria.
Nigeria's population is approximately 50% Muslim and 50% Christian and native religions. Nigeria is not only Africa's most populous country, its GDP is now greater even than that of South Africa.
Islamist Militants Seized Girls Nearly Three Weeks Ago; Continued Uncertain Fate Raises Public Outcry
by Drew Hinshaw and Gbenga Seun Ijagba
WALL STREET JOURNAL, May 2, 2014
Nigerians held protests in several cities across the country on Thursday to call for action to rescue over two hundred schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
A bomb ripped through a neighborhood just minutes from the presidential palace in Abuja, less than a week before Nigeria hosts its biggest business gathering in generations--a World Economic Forum meant to fete its rising favor among investors.
At least 15 people died in the 8:25 p.m. blast, said eyewitness Hassan Abdullahi, who counted bodies strewed about the road. A police spokesman put the death toll at 12, with 16 wounded, several of the victims cabdrivers or everyday Nigerians commuting home from work.
They nearly included Patrick Godiya, who came to the area to buy herbs, and crossed the streets seconds before the blast: "I would have been dead," said the dumbstruck individual on Thursday night.
The blast occurred near the same Nyanya bus station where an April 14 bomb killed 72 people. And it capped an extraordinary few weeks in Nigeria. Just as the country is attempting to position itself on the global stage as a rising, muscular new frontier economy, a fusillade of bomb blasts from an Islamic insurgency called Boko Haram, drawn from this country's deeply poor, is interceding.
On Thursday, protests spread over the government's failure to secure the release of more than 200 teenage girls still held by Islamist militants nearly three weeks after they were seized flared up Thursday across Nigeria.
Demonstrations over the government's alleged ineptitude took place in Lagos, the capital Abuja and the northern city of Kaduna, where a hundred women carried placards, many reading, "Free Our Daughters!"
Nearly three weeks ago, Islamist fighters seized 273 teenage girls from their boarding school in northern Nigeria. The girls' uncertain fate threatens to swell into a public scandal in a country otherwise numb to constant terror attacks.
Some 220 of the girls are still unaccounted for, according to the school's principal, Asabe Kwambura, and the stories of those lucky enough to have escaped, of being forced by Boko Haram members into menial labor or of some of their schoolmates being sold as sex slaves, have captivated and horrified the Nigerian public.
Amnesty International says that Boko Haram was responsible for the deaths of more than 1,500 people during the first three months of this year. The dead included college students burned alive in their dormitories, villagers shot in their mud-brick homes, children ripped apart by car bombs and truckers dragged from their cabs and torn to death by chain saws, according to eyewitness accounts. These atrocities underscored a point Boko Haram never seems to tire of making: Nigeria can't protect its citizens.
Yet this violence, for all its brutality, rarely elicited much more than a patchy recitation of events in daily newspapers. Presidential statements expressing condolences were rare. Even as the death toll mounted early this year, nightly news programs continued to revolve around the activities of ministers and business figures. Life continued mostly as normal for this bustling economy growing at a brisk 7.9%, according to the International Monetary Fund.
The girls' kidnapping and protracted captivity, however, has profoundly shaken the country. For weeks, politicians have broken ranks with President Goodluck Jonathan to declare their dismay about the authorities' inability to locate the girls. Several Nigerian websites feature clocks showing how many days, hours, minutes and seconds have passed since the girls were seized.
Many Nigerians say they are following every word from the girls' distraught parents. Several of the girls' fathers have ventured into the woods with bows and arrows to confront the sect themselves. They have come back empty-handed.
The view of Uche Agbai, a radio presenter who attended the protest in Lagos on Thursday, is shared by an expanding number of Nigerians.
"The way the Nigerian government is responding to it is just really sad," Mr. Agbai said. "We don't see any investigation being carried out. We don't see the president or his aides saying this is the progress we have so far."
Nigeria's government says it is making every effort to find the girls. The day after they were kidnapped, Mr. Jonathan convened his security team for an emergency meeting, his spokesman said. Now the government says it believes that the girls have been taken to neighboring Cameroon.
Cameroon ridicules the suggestion. "That is a hoax," said Augustin Fonka Awah, governor of Cameroon's Far North Region. "Instead, kidnappers take people hostages from Cameroon into Nigeria."
The timing of the girls' kidnapping and the crisis of public confidence that has ensued couldn't be worse for the government. Last month, Nigeria became the biggest economy in Africa and the 24th largest in the world. Abuja's hosting of next week's World Economic Forum amounts to the country's biggest coming-out party in generations.
--Emmanuel Tumanjong in Yaounde, Cameroon, contributed to this article
Despite Obama's claim that Bin Laden's death by Navy Seals meant that al-Qaeda was on the run and no longer a force to be reckoned with, the attacks on and murders of Americans in Benghazi by an al-Qaeda affiliate proved that boast to be presumptuous and wrong.
Al-Qaeda is actually stronger and more of a danger than it was when Ben Laden was alive. The entire Middle East is in flames (except for Israel) and Islamic militancy has never been more active as it has spread across northern Africa and down into western and central Africa. Christians are being terrorized and murdered in northern Nigeria (more than 5,000 in the past four years alone), Islamic soldiers invaded the mostly Christian country of the Central African Republic two years ago, threw out the government, took control and began uprooting and killing Christians and burning their homes. Uncounted tens of thousands were killed, many horribly. The Christians finally mobilized and drove the Islamic army out, regained control of the government and, in retaliation, have driven most all of the Muslims who had been living there out of the country.
Those are just examples. Read this State Department report just released and this report authored by a retired CIA official. His closing observation is telling: "Bin Laden may be history, but history may only be beginning for those he inspired."
The reports are frightening. They underscore that there is a growing, direct danger to the United States from Islam's followers.
The paralysis of the Obama administration has without question contributed to this upsurge in Islamic militancy and success. Yet not a word of condemnation or caution comes out of the White House about these Islamic threats. Obama can condemn a cartoon video making fun of Mohammad, but he doesn't condemn the kidnapping of Nigerian teenagers by Islamic militants for sex.
We reported earlier on the attacks on Christians by Islamic fanatics in northern Nigeria, including a recent outrage, the kidnapping of some 200 teen age girls from school, presumably to be used as cooks, cleaning help and sex slaves.
Now we learn from an AP report in the Boston Globe that the girls are being sold as wives to Muslim fighters for $12 and forced to marry them.
Girls being forced to wed abductors
Anger in Nigeria at lack of action in kidnappings
By Michelle Faul in the Boston Globe for the Associated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamist extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.
At the same time, the Boko Haram terrorist network is negotiating over the students' fate and is demanding an unspecified ransom for their release, a Borno state community leader said.
He said the Wednesday night message from the abductors also claimed that two of the girls have died from snake bites.
The message was sent to a member of a presidential committee mandated last year to mediate a ceasefire with the Islamist extremists, said the civic leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about the talks.
The news of negotiations comes as parents say the girls are being sold into marriage to Boko Haram militants. The students are being paid $12 to marry the fighters, Halite Aliyu of the Borno-Yobe People's Forum said. She said the parents' information about mass weddings is coming from villagers in the Sambisa Forest, on Nigeria's border with Cameroon, where Boko Haram is known to have hideouts.
''The latest reports are that they have been taken across the borders, some to Cameroon and Chad,'' Aliyu said.
Boko Haram is an organization of Islamic true believers whose name freely translated means western education is bad. In northern Nigeria it has killed at least 5,000 over the past four years, burned down schools, churches and homes, mostly targeting Christians, seeking to drive them out of their part of the country. Their goal is to impose Islamic rule, Sharia, which controls every aspect of one's life, over everyone under its power. A leader of Boko Haram was quoted recently saying that they were allied with various al-Qaeda groups because they all had the same aim of advancing the "cause of Islam."
Nigeria is Africa's most populous country with the continent's largest Gross National Product. It is rich in resources and badly governed. It is mostly Muslim in the north and Christian in the south.
To fulfill a need for cooks, cleaners and sex slaves Boko Haram attacked a school and kidnapped more than 200 teen aged girls. The government has been unable to find the girls who disappeared with their abductors into the forest. The search is widening, but Boko Haram has threatened to kill all the girls if the effort to rescue them is not stopped.
This report from the All Africa news service gives one a sense of the barbarity of Boko Haram, the ineffectiveness of the government and the somewhat childlike naivety of those brave women who are mobilizing to join the search. Sad. Pathetic. Evil. Also denial: Nothing to do with Islam.
Nigeria: Boko Haram Threatens to Kill Abducted Schoolgirls If Search Is Not Stopped BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME, JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU AND NDAHI MARAMA, 24 APRIL 2014 http://allafrica.com/stories/201404240355.html
Hundreds of girls kidnapped from school
NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to ensure the release of 230 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, who were abducted by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Professor Soyinka made the call on a day a coalition of women's rights in Borno expressed their readiness to mobilise thousands of women to embark on a voluntary search and rescue mission into the notorious Sambisa forest, to ensure the release of the abducted students.
Senate President, David Mark, on his part described the abduction of the girls as sacrilegious.
Meanwhile, members of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram, have threatened to kill the abducted students, should the search to recover them continue.
Soyinka tasks FG
Professor Soyinka, who gave the keynote address in Port Harcourt at the opening ceremony of declaration of Port Harcourt as UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, said the focus of the event was for the Federal Government to ensure the safe release of the students.
He said he had expected President Goodluck Jonathan to convene an emergency security meeting over the ugly development in the school after the abduction of the students.
He noted that the ongoing book fair in Port Harcourt was a national rejection of Boko Haram, adding that the Islamic sect does not reflect the teachings and values of Islam.
Minutes after his address, former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili and the Project Director, Rainbow Book Club, Mrs Koko Kalango led the gathering to make a collective demand for the girls' release.
Storming Sambisa forest
The Borno women, under the auspices of BAOBAB Women's Right, have said they were ready to storm the major hide out of the insurgents in Sambisa forest, where the abducted girls were believed to be held.
Spokesperson for the group, Professor Hauwa Biu, told newsmen that they resolved to embark on the rescue mission when it was evident that no reasonable progress was being achieved in the rescue efforts.
Biu said: "We are ready to go into the forest and search for the girls. In fact, we are prepared to risk our lives and get up to Boko Haram camp and appeal to them to release the children to us so that they can re unite with their parents.
"There is nothing extraordinary in our quest to enter the dangerous forest. We learnt that some men in Chibok had earlier embarked on such mission, which later turned out to be fruitless.
"We felt that as mothers, we are in a better position to have the sympathy and concern over the fate of the missing girls.
"Our target is not to fight the abductors, but we want to beg them to release the girls in the name of the God that we all worship."
The group urged security forces to expedite action in their search and rescue mission of the students so that their parents can have rest of mind.
Biu appealed to security agents to make use of sophisticated weapons in detecting the location of the abductors for easy rescue operation.
She described the abduction of the school girls as inhuman, abuse of human rights, capable of scuttling efforts for enhanced girl child education in the state and the country at large.
She said: "The abduction of the innocent girls violates their human rights, and it is a crime against humanity and prohibited under international humanitarian law.
"Women in Borno strongly condemn this act in its totality as it deprives children their right to learn in a safe environment, thereby jeopardising their future."
Biu also appealed to the insurgents to lay down their arms and hold dialogue with the government.
She said: "We wish to appeal to the insurgents to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue. We assure them of our motherly support toward rehabilitating them when the need arises.
"We condemn all other attacks in form of bomb blasts and serial killings all over the country and commiserate with the families of those who lost their relations during the unfortunate incidents.
"We commend the efforts of Borno and Federal governments as well as youths and vigilantes in addressing the current insurgency in the country.
"However, bearing in mind the continuous attacks on schools, we appeal for the provision of adequate security to all schools so as to have a safe learning environment for our children."
Meanwhile, Senate President, Senator David Mark has described as sacrilegious the abduction of the female students and called for their release.
The Senate President, in a statement by his Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, in Abuja, yesterday, said the abduction was embarrassing and that no nation that had the desire to develop would indulge in such dastardly act.
He pleaded with the captors to listen to the voices of reason and release the teenagers.
According to the statement, "Senator Mark imagined the harrowing experience the students had been subjected to by their captors and the mental and psychological torture parents and guardians of the students had faced."
He said no nation could justify the abduction of the children whose only offence was that they chose to go to school to better their lots and contribute to the socio economic and political development of their fatherland.
Mark said: "It is a sad commentary and a terrible assault on our psyche as a people. In the good old days of Nigeria this was a taboo and unarguably unheard of."
The Senate President canvassed for synergy between and among security agencies, especially in the area of information gathering and sharing to facilitate their rescue, stressing that the deteriorating situation was making a mockery of the nation.
There are too few leading statesmen in the world urging action against the spread of Islamic imperialism. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered such an urgent warning in London this week.
Islam is a political ideology wrapped in a religious cloak that has as its goal nothing less than the conquest of the world and the elimination of all who do not accept true Islam. In the Koran and in the words and actions of Mohammad there is no doubt but that it is the duty of every Muslim to advance Islam however he or she can, by war, by violent means, by terrorism, by deception and stealth, the methods to depend on what is possible at a given place and time.
In the Middle East warring factions, all with the same goal, but differing as to who should be in charge -- Sunnis or Shiites -- are seeking to advance Islam. In Africa where there are weak governments Islamic terror groups are murdering, burning and pillaging to take over territory and drive Christians and other non-Muslims out. The Islamic invasion of the mostly Christian Central African Republic by heavily armed Islamic fighters has resulted in he deaths of tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of Christians and other people.
In northern Nigeria alone, Boko Haram has killed over 5,000 in the past four years despite efforts of the Nigerian government to stop them. Last week Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school to serve as cooks, cleaners and sex slaves. What is Boko Haram's goal?
Boko Haram is proud to be one of Al Qaeda's African franchises, along with AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and al Shabaab in Somalia. "We are together with al Qaeda," Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa told reporters in Nigeria by phone last November. "They are promoting the cause of Islam, just as we are doing. Therefore they help us in our struggle and we help them, too."
And, in Yemen, a top Al Qaeda leader calmly states that its number one target is America as the most important defender of the principal enemy, Christianity.
We must eliminate the cross," he says, referencing what he sees as Christian power. He adds: "The bearer of the cross is America!"
In the United States itself the FBI has thwarted hundreds of attempted terrorist acts, but, sadly, not the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013 or the murders of fellow soldiers by Major Nadel Hasan at Ft. Hood. There is strong evidence that the U.S. government is being infiltrated by Islamic true believers whose goal is to supplant the Constitution with Islamic law, the Sharia.
Saudi-backed Islamic organizations such as the Muslim Student Association are on many colleges campuses and Washington is home to the notorious Saudi-funded political propaganda operation the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator of the Islamic organization (the Holy Land Foundation) found guilty of funneling money to the terrorist organization Hamas.
Fortunately, not all Muslims follow the mandates of the Koran, but just want to live a decent life and worship God. But those who are the most knowledgeable of Islam are potentially the most dangerous if they remain Muslims. They are obliged to treat all non-Muslims as the enemy and to strike against them (us) when conditions are right. When will a quiet Muslim true believer becomes a jihadist? No one can say.
As yet, the U.S. has not been affected to the extent Britain has, with neighborhoods, villages and towns taken over by Muslims and run as if they were in a Muslim country, observing Sharia and keeping non-Muslims out. Similar "no go" zones exist in France. But in Hamtramck, Michigan the Muslim muezzin (call to the mosque) is broadcast throughout the city five times a day. In nearby Dearborn, Michigan the terrorist Shiite organization Hezbollah has many fervent supporters and neighborhoods where non-Muslims are not welcomed.
With heavy immigration and a soaring birth rate, the Muslim population of Europe is approaching 40 million and is a serious problem not only in France and Great Britain, but in virtually all countries of western Europe.
Tony Blair speaks of "denial" about the dangers posed by Islam. Denial is a problem throughout Europe and the United States, starting with Washington, D.C. and the national media.
There is an effort by Muslims and some Islamic apologists to draw a distinction between Islam and what is called "Islamism" and "Islamists." Islamists are the extremists who are said to distort Islam's message. The trouble is that Islamists are taking what is in the Koran and the hadiths (words and actions of Mohammad) as the marching orders they are meant to be. As many others put it, including the prime minister of Turkey Recep Erdogan, "Islam is Islam." In other words, there is no such thing as "moderate Islam," but there are "moderate Muslims."
Tony Blair: Fighting Islamism - The Defining Challenge of Our Time
Tony Blair, the Former British Prime Minister, delivered a keynote speech at Bloomberg HQ in London entitled 'Why the Middle East Still Matters.' In it he described radical Islam as the greatest threat facing the world today.
He argued "there are four reasons why the Middle East remains of central importance and cannot be relegated to the second order."
The first three: oil, proximity to Europe and Israel, whilst important, were not the focus of the speech. Blair rapidly moved on to the fourth and most important reason: Islamic extremism also known as Islamism.
He identifies the conflict in the Middle East as one between an open and tolerant viewpoint and a fundamentalist Islamist ideology. He said "wherever you look - from Iraq to Libya to Egypt to Yemen to Lebanon to Syria and then further afield to Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan - this is the essential battle."
Addressing those who regard these conflicts as distinct he said "there is something frankly odd about the reluctance to accept what is so utterly plain: that they have in common a struggle around the issue of the rightful place of religion, and in particular Islam, in politics."
It is this central point that he hammered home again and again over the course of his 40 minute speech.
He argued that this struggle does not end at the borders of the region. Rather, "The reason this matters so much is that this ideology is exported around the world."
He asked listeners to "Take a step back and analyze the world today: with the possible exception of Latin America (leaving aside Hezbollah in the tri-border area in South America), there is not a region of the world not adversely affected by Islamism and the ideology is growing."
He notes that "The Muslim population in Europe is now over 40m and growing. The Muslim Brotherhood and other organizations are increasingly active and they operate without much investigation or constraint. Recent controversy over schools in Birmingham (and similar allegations in France) show heightened levels of concern about Islamist penetration of our own societies."
The main thrust of the speech focused on "two fascinating things."
"The first is the absolutely rooted desire on the part of Western commentators to analyze these issues as disparate rather than united by common elements. They go to extraordinary lengths to say why, in every individual case, there are multiple reasons for understanding that this is not really about Islam, it is not really about religion; there are local or historic reasons which explain what is happening. There is a wish to eliminate the obvious common factor in a way that is almost wilful."
Predictably, opponents took the opportunity to argue exactly that. For example, the Guardian's summary quoted a Saudi Daily paper which blamed Israel. Commentator Mehdi Hassan blamed Tony Blair himself for the problem, because of the Iraq war.
Blair went on to argue "The second thing is that there is a deep desire to separate the political ideology represented by groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood from the actions of extremists including acts of terrorism."
He acknowledged the motivation behind these fears, saying "We feel almost that if we identify it in these terms, we're being anti-Muslim, a sentiment on which the Islamists cleverly play."
Blair swept these distinctions aside, acknowledging the laudable motives behind such interpretations, but ultimately pinpointing the profound danger posed by the Islamist ideology, and that it is fundamentally incompatible with the modern world.
He urged the West and indeed the entire world, to unite against the ideology Islamic extremism.
Former Foreign Office Minister Denis MacShane compared the speech to Churchill's 1946 Iron Curtain address. Douglas Murray argued in the Spectator that Blair went too far in his efforts to brand Islamism as disconnected from Islam and called on moderate Muslims to help combat radicalism by driving extremists from their communities.
Blair outlined potential foreign policy options for the West vis-a-vis various Middle Eastern countries in order to combat Islamists and to support religiously open and tolerant elements.
In particular he focused on Egypt saying "on the fate of Egypt hangs the future of the region. Here we have to understand plainly what happened. The Muslim Brotherhood government was not simply a bad government. It was systematically taking over the traditions and institutions of the country. The revolt of 30 June 2013 was not an ordinary protest. It was the absolutely necessary rescue of a nation."
All of these different policies are facets of the same policy: that "across the region we should be standing steadfast by our friends and allies as they try to change their own countries in the direction of reform. Whether in Jordan or the Gulf where they're promoting the values of religious tolerance and open, rule based economies, or taking on the forces of reaction in the shape of Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, we should be supporting and assisting them."
Perhaps this statement by Blair sums up the message of his keynote speech best: "When we consider the defining challenges of our time, surely this one should be up there along with the challenge of the environment or economic instability."
The full text of the speech can be found here.
About 70 men, women and children were slaughtered in Nairobi, Kenya's upscale Westgate Mall because they were not Muslims.
The British and American governments and their echo chambers in the media jumped through hoops to claim that Islam had nothing to do with all that.
People aren't that stupid, but the propaganda campaign to absolve Islam-inspired murders and other atrocities from any connection to Islam proceeds unabated.
British prime minister Cameron and American president Obama are in the vanguard in lying about the inherent, endemic hatefulness and violence of Islam as found in the Koran and the words of Mohammad.
It is said there is nothing new under the sun. In the case of Islam, that's true. Its war against all non-Muslims which justifies whatever works to advance the cause of Islamic world domination -- murder, assassination, rape, robbery, deceit, lies, torture, bodily desecrations -- is the same today as it has been for 14 centuries.
This fact is obscured for many of the public by the left wing media and other supporters of Islam in and out of government who continually seek to assure them that such behavior by Muslims results from a misunderstanding of the Prophet and his Koran. This utter nonsense is peddled by the New York Times and Washington Post and other left wing media, governments and other organizations.
So what's the truth? This video about the Nairobi massacre provides the factual basis for the Islamic terrorists' belief that what they were doing would gain the favor of Allah.
Boston area police are working on establishing a connection between the Boston Marathon murderers and a triple murder of three Jewish males that took place in nearby Waltham on the 9/11 anniversary in 2011. There is strong evidence that the Tsarnaev brothers and a friend Ibragim Todashev had been friendly with the victims. There is strong evidence that the triple murder of Jews (who had their throats slit from ear to ear) was an Islamic execution.
What has handicapped the investigation by local authorities is the Obama administration's stripping from the national counter-terrorism manuals and other materials all references to Islamic terrorism and how to recognize it.
An expert in the study of Islamic symbols and rituals Dawn Perlmutter has examined the case and provides context that has been lacking to the investigators and thus hindering the investigation.
[J]ihadist ritual murder must include symbolic gestures such as shouting "Allahu Akbar" while killing someone or reading a list of offenses prior to murder or, as in the Waltham murders, leaving drugs on the body to attest to the sins of the victims. As a result, jihadists can commit unspeakable atrocities without remorse because they consider their deeds righteous slaughter in defense of the purity of Islam. Enemies are not people: They are unclean animals, pigs, monkeys, or dogs, dirt that must be cleansed. Beheadings, throat slitting, body mutilation, corpse desecration, eye gouging, and other unspeakable acts are not atrocities, but rather, they are sacred blood rituals that restore purity and cleanse shame. Sacred killing becomes an ecstatic spiritual experience. Murder feels good.
Current evidence of this attitude is found in the the latest edition of the al-Qaeda online magazine Inspire which devoted more than thirty pages to the April 15, 2013 marathon bombing, heaping praise on the bombers:
The Blessed Boston Bombings (BBB) have been an absolute success on all levels and domains ... By tracking the course, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar--may Allah reward them--ran along April 15 until they crossed their own finish line ... we can confidently say that the real worthy winners of the Boston Marathon were the Tsarnaev mujahideen brothers.
It is disturbing that the Obama administration appears to be doing all that it can to make people believe that incidents of violence and terrorism involving Muslims have nothing to do with Islam. The facts are that violence, murder, and terrorism have characterized Islam's war against non-Muslims for 14 centuries. A prime example of the Obama propaganda campaign to whitewash Islam is classifying Major Hasan Nidal's Alahu Akbar murder of 13 soldiers at Ft. Hood as "workplace violence." One consequence is that the dead nor wounded were denied the Purple Heart. One is not awarded the Purple Heart for "workplace violence. How shameful.
Can you believe this?
"One in five applicants for jobs at the Central Intelligence Agency have ties to Muslim terrorist organizations, according to the latest round of Snowden leaks. And Israel is a major target of American counterintelligence. Washington is insane."
The Islamic war to conquer the world is ongoing and tailored to local circumstances. In northern Nigeria where law is weak, Muslim murders, rapes, church burnings and persecution of Christians forces Christians out and Islam controls more territory.
In the U.S., that won't work. Undercover infiltration into critical places by Muslims intent on weakening our country is extensive. For example, by planting agents inside the CIA Islamic war leaders will learn our plans and be able to circulate false and misleading information to the highest levels of government. In the State Department, HIllary Clinton's most trusted advisor Huma has deep ties to Muslim Brotherhood leaders and other Islamic terrorist organizations. Robert Spencer correctly calls this "stealth jihad."
Obama fosters stealth jihad by banning phrases such as "Islamic terrorism" and classifying Major Nidal Hasan's murders at Fort Hood as "workplace violence."
This is an extraordinary statement by a British citizen who wants to save his country and his people from the primative savagery of Islam. In mounting a defense of British culture, he has been condemned by "everyone" as a racist.
This brave gentleman Paul Weston accepts the accusation that he is a racist if a racist is one who wants to preserve the culture of the country in which he grew up.
Will others be as brave as he? The world needs more Paul Westons.
Financial Times: Blasts in Pakistan cities of Quetta and Peshawar kill at least 42
In Quetta, "The dead included nine women, a girl and a 14-year-old boy," Mr Zubair told reporters. It appeared to be attack on Shiites.
In a separate blast earlier on Sunday, 14 people were killed in the northwestern city of Peshawar when a roadside bomb attack narrowly missed a passing convoy of security forces but ravaged a busy market area....All the dead were civilians apart from a policeman. Four children and a woman were among those killed. Health officials said 25 people were wounded.
Grievances are all that Muslims need to justify attacking infidels. Osama bin Laden made that very easy for eager jihiadists, not only compiling a long list of infidel transgressions but advising that the default position of every Muslim should be "oppressed" and free to attack whenever feasible:
It is commanded by our religion and intellect that the oppressed have a right to return the aggression. Do not await anything from us but Jihad, resistance and revenge.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's deputy, was apparently exasperated that western leaders hadn't really awakened to the fact that Islam was at war with them so he sent a recorded message to Obama in 2008 after he was elected:
[You are] "facing a Jihadi [holy war] awakening and renaissance which is shaking the pillars of the entire Islamic world; and this is the fact which you and your government and country refuse to recognise and pretend not to see."
Obama, like President Bush, nonetheless kept up the fiction of Islam being a "religion of peace," perhaps afraid to face the truth that the basic principles of the ideology of 1.3 billion people requires all Muslims to be at war with all non-Muslims.
The same foolishness was recently echoed by Britain's Prime Minister Cameron right after the murder of the off-duty British soldier on a busy London street in daylight:
"This was not just an attack on Britain, and on the British way of life, it was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to this country. There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."
And in late May Obama gave a defense speech claiming the the Global War on Terror was over and it was time to move on. Wishing doesn't make it so.
The reality, as American writer Clare Lopez put it, is this:
The United States is not at war with Islam--but Islam sure is at war with us. And that jihad, by the Dar al-Islam [Abode of Islam] against all of the Dar al-Harb [Abode of War] -- the two worlds into which official Islam divides the world -- is not going to stop unless we capitulate in unconditional surrender to the dictates of Shariah Law.
Nothing has changed in 1400 years except that oil money pouring into Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states has enabled the teaching to generations of young Muslims of what the Koran really says and what Mohammad really demands, namely, jihad, violent if necessary, until the world is subject to Islam. How many true believers are there? No one knows, but most estimates range in the hundreds of millions. When will any one of them now in the West choose to strike after years of seemingly civilized living?
Ms. Lopez agrees with Obama in one respect:
America really is "at a crossroads." In some ways, President Obama's throwing in the towel and calling off the GWOT are going to allow events to speak for themselves, thereby forcing a public reassessment of our failed national security strategy about Islam and the jihad wars.
One wonders how leaders like Obama and Cameron (and George Bush along with virtually every other high government official in the West) can be so blind to the threat to civilized life that can be tracked every day in the news of the world.