The real war on women

Boko Haram's abduction, sale of Nigerian girls is radical Islam at its worst

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Kidnapped. Coerced into religious conversion. Denied an education. Forced into marriage. Sold into slavery. Relegated to second-class citizenship.

Western society, take note – this is what a real “war on women” looks like.

The terror campaign being waged in Nigeria by radical Islamist group Boko Haram should galvanize the entire freedom-loving world in outrage at the atrocities taking place.

We’re surprised by the metered outrage coming from the West, considering women and girls are the main targets in this group’s bloody crusade to forcibly convert northeastern Nigeria into an Islamic state.

Boko Haram, whose name in the Hausa language means “Western education is sinful,” has murdered more than 1,500 – mostly Christians and foreigners – this year alone through bombings, shootings and horrific machete attacks.

And that number might even change from the time we wrote it to the moment you just read it.

The group ultimately wants Nigeria ruled under Sharia, the Islamic law that forbids homosexuality and makes adultery and apostasy crimes punishable by death.

These thugs despise all things modern and secular, but they reserve special hatred for the education of women.

Last month’s mass abduction of nearly 300 girls from a northern boarding school was merely a setup for Boko Haram’s most despicable act yet – selling the girls as child brides to Muslims or into sexual slavery on the open market.

“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video obtained by European media. “God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions.”

Espousing a retrograde elan that would make the Taliban proud, Shekau repeatedly called for an end to Western education and said the girls should not have been in school in the first place. He also said girls as young as 9 were suitable for marriage.

Child marriages are not permitted under Nigeria’s Western-style constitution, but are common in the northern states where Islamic law is practiced.

News agencies were unclear whether the video was made before or after reports that some of the girls had been forced to marry their abductors after being purchased for roughly $12. Villagers have told the kidnapped girls’ parents that some were taken across borders to Cameroon and Chad, packed into trucks along with stolen livestock and food.

Some 270 girls are still being held captive.

Sadly, this brand of war on women is one in which ordinarily steadfast moderates and liberals too often dither in choosing a side. They fear being labeled “Islamophobic” by easily provoked defenders of the faith and scholarly purveyors of political correctness.

All too familiar with this pantomime is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a noted women’s rights activist and outspoken critic of the treatment of women under Islamic rule.

Growing up in a Muslim family, the Somali-born former Dutch legislator suffered beatings, genital mutilation and an arranged marriage. Then, after renouncing her faith and drawing attention to the plight of Muslim women in the short film Submission – a film for which her friend, director Theo van Gogh, was assassinated in 2004 by a Muslim radical – she was subjected to castigation, harassment and death threats.

Ultra-liberal Brandeis University last month selected Ali to be its commencement speaker and to receive an honorary doctorate, but administrators cowed to protests coordinated by the Council on American–Islamic Relations and rescinded the invitation within eight days.

Some of Ali’s past statements, protesters said, were “Islamaphobic” and inconsistent with the university’s “core values.”

Though the tactic kept Ali from speaking at Brandeis (school motto: Truth, Even Unto Its Innermost Parts), she has not been silenced.

We deeply hope she inspires others to roundly condemn human rights abuses, including those disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

We would hope she inspires courage to more people being bullied into ignoring the religious component endemic to modern terrorism.

Silence will not reform radical Islam. Silence will not bring peace to northern Nigeria. And if the girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram somehow make it back into the arms of their parents, it will not be because of silence.

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grouse
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grouse 05/10/14 - 12:54 am
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All religions subjugate
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All religions subjugate women.

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Riverman1 05/10/14 - 06:13 am
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100-50-25-0 Solution

Sometimes it takes an evil event to shake us out of our reluctance to do what has to be done. History shows us despots will target segments of the population and promote attacks on the segment to shore up their support. We see it happen, but because it’s not us, we avoid confronting murderous attacks on innocent people until we are also attacked.

In WWII we saw Germany and Japan using genocide for purported resolutions of orchestrated conflicts. They finally attacked innocent countries, including America. What brought the murderous behavior to an end? Total devastation of their major cities with promises of more to come unless they capitulated. Evil was finally recognized for what it was and punished with extreme measures.

It’s time to stop the piecemeal battles with groups of Muslim extremists. Kidnaping hundreds of little girls and selling them into slavery is the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Make Iran fight those battles and bring the terrorism to a halt instead of encouraging and funding the attacks on children. Know how we get Iran to make an abrupt change? We drop a nuclear bomb in the desert about 100 miles outside Tehran and tell them if worldwide Islamic terrorism continues the next one will be much closer. As with Japan I suspect it will take more than one nuclear mushroom cloud before what is about to happen sinks in and they capitulate. 100 miles-50-25-0.

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carcraft 05/10/14 - 06:16 am
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For evil to triumph all it

For evil to triumph all it takes is for good men to do nothing!

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deestafford 05/10/14 - 06:51 am
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Hillary's State Department had a chance to declare...

Hillary's State Department had a chance to declare Boko Harum a terrorist group as recommended by the FBI, DOJ, and CIA but she and her appeasers refused to do so. Why? They said the only reasons they were doing what they were doing were because of poverty and government corruption and it had nothing to do with the peaceful religion of Islam.

When are the people going to wake up and understand that Islam is not a peace loving religion but one of war and subjegation. Its mission is domination and conversion.

This administration coddles the Muslim Brotherhood and welcomes them into the White House and positions in its government. This is a group that is considered radical by many countries and especially Egypt.

The "intellectuals" in academia welcome the radical Islam students and support their protests against Israel and forcing speakers such as Condi Rice from not speaking on campus. They are complacent with those who would destroy them.

Islam is at war with the West and we need to wake up before its too late.

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freeradical 05/10/14 - 07:33 am
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Cowardists Is More Accurate Than Terrorists

I think the liberals were very right in resisting so long to apply

the name " terrorists " to these miserable wretches whose life

work is to make as many as possible just as lacking in peace , joy ,

strength as themselves .

Cowardists is a much more accurate descriptor

Attacking women and children , fully engaged in the the child porn

business , as well as the drug trade .

But even their miserable existence has it's limitations .

When they simply cannot live with themselves any more their

finally cowardly act before descending into the pit of hell is slither

into a crowd of unsuspecting people and blow themselves up .

A more glistening example of all the adjuncts of cowardice

embodied I have never seen .

Little wonder Obama and the rest of the liberals are so infected

by their actions .

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ymnbde 05/10/14 - 08:13 am
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but aren't all cultures the same?

isn't islam peaceful?
so if this is a war on women in Africa, and we have a "war on women" in America
what does "war" mean?
does it mean what a democrat says it means?
nothing less, nothing less?
or is war 77% less tragic in America than in Africa?
remember, female student, if you think you are raped, don't call 911
call your school counselor... but drink all you want and remember the porn festival in the rec center next Tuesday...
"... I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”

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localguy55 05/10/14 - 09:46 am
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The reluctance to call the

The reluctance to call the Islamic religion a gutter religion is apparent everywhere. Why is that? One reason is apparent.The pandering to these people is another symptom of liberalism and political correctness around the world.

Has anyone seen any protest from so-called moderate Islamic leaders around the world. Not a whimper.

Where is the National Organization of Women? Where are all the feminist in this country? This IS A WAR ON WOMEN.

Look at all the coverage of protest over Clipper's owner Sterling comments. Yet where are all the protest over Islamic terrorist and their vicious attacks on children?

We truly live in a warped up world where murder and other horrific crimes are ignored in the name of political correctness, while a few demeaning words uttered by an 80 year old man is vigorously protested and feverishly covered by news organization around the world.

Does anyone see something dreadfully wrong with this paradigm?

A religion that promotes hatred and advocates the subjugation and killing of non-believers is given a pass worldwide;

Excuses made for Islam such as calling it a peaceful religion. It has been proven worldwide that it is anything but peaceful.

Silence by so-call moderates of this religion. Silence by all others not wanting to "offend". Give me a break.

There has never been a time in world history that the religion of Islam enjoyed a peaceful co-existence with other religions, except when they themselves are subjugated by a dictatorial regime.

When allowed to flourish, the Religion of Islam destroys.

And the soldiers of Islam continue to kill. . . .

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seenitB4 05/10/14 - 09:46 am
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If only we had the backbone

We will continue to piece meal this tragedy...because we don't have the guts to put a stop to the nonesense.

I can hear the yells now, we are blind & can't see the forest for the trees.

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deestafford 05/10/14 - 10:46 am
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The blacks in America continue to contribute...

The blacks in America continue to contribute their lack of progress to slavery that ended over 150 years ago yet they turn a blind eye to modern day slavery in their "motherland".

The vast, vast majority of today's slavery is conducted by Muslims whom seem to get a free ride on all their transgressions against civilized behavior.

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Darby 05/10/14 - 10:53 am
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“God instructed me to sell them,

they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions.”

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Have you ever noticed that every single loony tune fanatic out there has his own direct "red phone" hot-line to God!

Wonder if the Big Guy would Skype with me? Nah! Pretty sure that's not gonna happen.

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Darby 05/10/14 - 11:40 am
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Indirectly related....

While discussing the kidnappings and education for girls yesterday, Michelle Obama said:

“When more girls attend secondary school, that boosts their country’s entire economy,” she said. “So education is truly a girl’s best chance for a bright future, not just for herself, but for her family and her nation.”

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That's true, IF the government involved allows and encourages a free market economy to thrive. Not so at all under a totalitarian form of government. The type her husband appears to champion.

Darby
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Darby 05/10/14 - 11:42 am
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Anyway,

I doubt that Boko Haram will be influenced by her pleas. After all, she IS a female.

grouse
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grouse 05/10/14 - 11:56 am
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Chronicle censorship?
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I have noticed for some time now, that my comments have not elicited any likes, dislikes, or responses of any kind. I just logged in on an incognito page and my comment on today's editorial doesn't appear. Has the Chronicle engineered this so my comments appear only when I sign in under my name and not when to the general public?

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corgimom 05/10/14 - 05:25 pm
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How would you stop this?

How would you stop this?

Send in American troops?

Are we supposed to do this in every country that doesn't do things the way that we do?

There was a time in our country where very few women were educated, there was a time in our country where people thought it was Christian to have slaves. Here in South Carolina, girls can marry at 14 with parental consent.

One of my great-great-grandmothers couldn't read or write. My husband's great-grandfather couldn't read or write. There are many people in our country that can't read or write.

And I knew a woman who got married in Georgia, in 1929, at age 12.

Are people ok with spending American taxpayer money to intervene? Because that's what it'll take.

I don't know, is America supposed to police the whole world and demand that everybody do everything just like America does, or do other countries have the right to run their countries the way that they see fit? Because what happens when other countries demand that America do things their way?

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corgimom 05/10/14 - 05:27 pm
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But I knew, even before I

But I knew, even before I checked, that this had been shown on FOX News. Doesn't the AC have any original thinkers on their editorial staff, or are they totally dependent on FOX News?

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edcushman 05/10/14 - 06:17 pm
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"But I knew, even before I
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"But I knew, even before I checked, that this had been shown on FOX News."
Perhaps it was on Fox news and in the AC because most conservatives are concern about those poor young girls. The democrats are not very concerned because the girls won't be able to vote for them.

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edcushman 05/10/14 - 06:24 pm
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" Are people ok with spending
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" Are people ok with spending American taxpayer money to intervene?"
corigmom, I would much rather send taxpayer money to help rescue those poor girls than giving the taxpayer money to generation after generation of dead beats. When the dead beats vote they always vote for the democrats.

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fedex227 05/10/14 - 07:00 pm
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carcraft 05/10/14 - 08:55 pm
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Now we have the great UN,

Now we have the great UN, THE wealthy middle eastern countries, most of the Euro weenies, Russia and China. Who gets asked to help get the girls Back? Gee the US of A and England. And WE ARE SENDING. HELP. Now where is the UN, etc.

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nocnoc 05/10/14 - 09:56 pm
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Why is it the LIB's are alway protesting a WAR ON WOMEN

just around Election time, but never between?
NOW they had to head to AFRICA to find something to protest about.

What happen is truly bad, but why is the USA involved in NIGERIAS INTERNAL PROBLEMS, just before a US Election?

The Liberals do this so much I have this mental picture of a LIBERAL beating America over the head, using a woman as a club while blaming America for her injuries.

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LIMITED SCOPE OF WAR AND HOW IT APPLIES

Where was N.O.W. when Clinton was caught with his pants literately down around his ankles?

Why didn't we see that famous women rights Lawyer / defender standing beside Monica at News conferences?

Why did the Lib's stand quietly to the side and let Monica get raked over the coals for weeks by the WH Staff?

Where was the Liberal Lawyers seeking a criminal indictment for FEDERAL perjury?

Answer:
Liberals never attack their own.

Since the Guilty person was not a Conservative, she had to fend for her self.

Why? Because the guilty person was the TOP LIBERAL DOG.

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Truth Matters 05/11/14 - 01:01 am
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"These thugs despise all

"These thugs despise all things modern and secular, but they reserve special hatred for the education of women."

Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "ANOTHER war on women." As horrific as these crimes are, they do not negate the issues women face in this country, albeit very different issues.

Indeed they are thugs. And seemingly stuck in time. But that aside, I can't help but scratch my head trying to crack the ACES' code for when to label behavior thuggish.

Michael Grimm threatening to break a reporter in two? Bundy's gun toting friends who are scaring the wits out of peaceful residents by setting up check points and demanding ID? They are not crimes against women, but still thuggish that escaped the label by ACES.
JUST SAYING....

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edcushman 05/11/14 - 09:43 am
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'Perhaps a more appropriate
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'Perhaps a more appropriate title would be "ANOTHER war on women."
TM, the only war on women in this country is the way democrats treat them. Democrats treat women as they do black people, like they are stupid. Blacks can't vote unless it is in Nov. Democrat claim blacks are not smart enough to get a photo voter ID. Women can't get birth control unless someone else furnishes it for them. If I was black or a woman I would be very insulted by the democrats and the black leaders.

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southernguy08 05/11/14 - 11:39 am
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ISLAMIC SLAVE TRADERS
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Michelle Obama's response to these Muslims kidnapping over 300 girls to be "sold" is to put a photo of herself on the Internet, holding up a sign that says, "Bring our girls home." Yeah Michelle, that's really telling those bad old guys. I'm sure the girls are on their way home now. What an idiot we have for a "first lady." She fits well with her husband.

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WalterBradfordCannon 05/12/14 - 02:03 pm
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This editorial requires a

This editorial requires a substantial dose of reality. I suggest the editor who wrote is should actually go to Nigeria for a week or two and observe the way things are, and then decide if Boko Haram are so atrocious...

As to the other commenters attacking Islam...it is true, Islam is not nice to women. From the moment they begin their monthly cycles, women are forbidden from showing any part of their bodies in public except their faces and hands, while men are free to show just about anything they like. Women are systematically denied equal rights, and in many nations the non-Islamic locals are kidnapped and converted against their will. But like other large world religions, most Muslims believe in God and try to follow the Golden Rule. After all, are we raising a stink because women cannot preach in Baptist congregations that contain men? How is that any more logical? I can assure you that a devout Muslim would RIGHTFULLY find at least as much OBJECTIONABLE behavior in a Southern Baptist church as a devout Baptist will find in a mosque. Both religions are oppressive to women, openly, without remorse.

But with respect to taking action on Boko Haram...remember, Africa is Africa, and any even remotely familiar sense of culture you have in the USA will not apply there.

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edcushman 05/12/14 - 04:36 pm
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" it is true, Islam is not
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" it is true, Islam is not nice to women."
WBC, ask those young girls how nice Islam is to women, ask the woman that was stoned to death because she had sex with a man that was not her husband, ask the women that were raped how Islam treats them.
Comparing "women cannot preach in Baptist congregations that contain men" to the way Islam treats women IS VERY TELLING.

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edcushman 05/12/14 - 05:07 pm
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"But with respect to taking action on Boko Haram...remember, Africa is Africa, and any even remotely familiar sense of culture you have in the USA will not apply there."
WBC, I agree but that does not mean we should stand back and let those savages brutalize people. But your statement 'Africa is Africa' is correct and all of us black people and white people should get on their knees and kiss the ground and thank god they wound up in this country no matter how our ancestors got here.

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