Ripped by radicalism

World should heed the cries of suffering in Nigeria

If this were happening in Sweden, the world would be churning with outrage.

But it’s happening in Nigeria. Islamic militants are turning Africa’s most populous country into a killing field, and not enough people around the globe seem to know or care.

The jihadist militant group Boko Haram has murdered
more than 300 Nigerian villagers in the past month alone as part of an ongoing campaign to turn that country’s northeastern sector into a new Islamic state.

Earlier this week the group firebombed a secondary school in Nigeria’s Yobe state – shooting, burning and hacking a reported 59 male students to death. Female students were herded into a classroom during the attack and later told to go home, get married and abandon education.

It was the fourth school assault attributed to Boko Haram – whose name translates as “Western education is a sin” – in less than a year.

A week before the Yobe attack, Boko Haram members killed 60 people in the town of Bama in neighboring Borno state; four days before that attack, the militants killed 106 in a mostly Christian village, Izghe; and three weeks before that the Islamists killed 78 in two attacks in the region.

These incidents and others at the hands of Boko Haram are some of the most horrific mass slayings in recent memory.

Children intentionally trapped in a burning building. Villagers shot while trying to flee. Opening fire on sleeping students in a dormitory.

These soulless killers will
sink to any disgusting depth to propagate their evil.

The Boko Haram insurgency is not a recent development. The group has been linked to an estimated 10,000 deaths since 2001, including attacks on Christians and government officials, bombings of churches and police stations and the kidnapping of Western tourists.

The dearth in global outrage to the brutal massacres probably has much to do with the lack of embedded journalists in the country. But it may also have something to do with where the slaughter is taking place.

Would the world’s reaction to the killing of innocent schoolchildren be different if Islamic terrorists attacked schools in a wealthy European nation instead of a Third-World African one?

In all likelihood, yes. But it shouldn’t. Terrorism and murder, particularly the radical-Islamic variety, knows no national boundaries.

The threat non-Muslims face from Islamic radicals is so prevalent that they often have no choice but to capitulate, such as Christians in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently overtaken by a former al-Qaida affiliate. Last week Christian leaders signed a so-called dhimma treaty with the radical group, in which they agreed to stop practicing their faith to avoid violent reprisals.

Islamic extremists in Nigeria appear to be just as intolerant as their Middle East brethren.

By targeting schools and murdering children, the Boko Haram has made its repulsive brand of anti-education, anti-freedom Islamic radicalism abundantly clear.

Nigeria is struggling to stamp out this scourge. Why isn’t the world’s family of freedom-loving nations rising as one against these militant monsters? More innocents cannot be allowed to be massacred.

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