May 6, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – After years of butchery committed by the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram and the loss of thousands of lives [often in such a brutal manner that we refuse to discuss it on these pages] the Obama WH is at least making noise that it might provide some level of aid to the besieged government of president "Gooluck" Jonathan.
The story of Boko Haram’s increasingly ascendant Islamic jihad led by Abubakar Shekau is not a new one. Over the last 12 years [most notable since 2011] the group has raped, burned and pillaged its way across Nigeria, concentrating on the nation’s North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Kano.
Shekau is pledged to impose Shari’a on the county’s population and destroy any vestiges of “Western” education...Boko Haram is interpreted as "Western education is forbidden."
With news of fresh atrocities appearing in the African media almost daily, much of the population is becoming increasingly fearful.
The central government has feigned a response but has actually done little to destroy Shekau and his followers.
We have been following developments in this matter for years, last month reporting the kidnapping of over 200 school girls on or about April 15.
“Not content to merely terrorize a large portion of Nigeria, Boko Haram has now kidnapped 243 school girls, for purposes better left unexplored.
The incident took place last Tuesday in the Northern Nigerian state of Borno as more than 100 of the terrorists descended upon the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
The girls were loaded into a stolen truck as if they were cattle and driven off towards one of the group’s safe areas. Along the way the truck ran into difficulties which allowed about 80 of the abductees to make a run for it. [see, The Chibok schoolgirls: When Boko Haram kidnapped for sexual needs , Nigerian Tribune]
The girls were the ones who reported that 243 of them were abducted, as they were directed to count themselves by the terrorists. [source, Boko Haram Atrocity: Kidnapping Over 200 School Girls , PipeLineNews.org]
At the time of this writing the fate of those who are still being held captive remains unknown, what is entirely clear however is that few outside of Western Africa are really paying attention to this story.
Though recently declared an FTO by the Dept. Of State we still see absolutely no sign of any assistance being provided to the government of Nigeria’s President “Goodluck” Jonathan by the United States.
We are aware that a few days ago a forlorn looking Secty. Of State Kerry, said that the U.S. was aiding Nigeria. However, since little coming out of this administration even marginally resembles the truth, we simply don’t believe him
It wouldn’t take a major military commitment by Team Obama to assist in training, supplying and providing intel assistance to the Nigerian defense forces in hopes that they would then have the capacity to hobble or kill off Boko Haram, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards now or in the future…” [source, Boko Haram Atrocity: Kidnapping Over 200 School Girls, PipeLineNews.org]
With that as background we note that today the Voice of America has reported that Team O might provide some level of assistance out of the U.S. Embassy in Ajuba.
“Might” being the [non] operative word.
Secretary of State John Kerry has already claimed that the U.S. is aiding the Nigerian government, but today’s State presser indicates that the assistance is only being considered. As far as we can determine, nothing of substance has been done, except extending this administration’s mendacity to now include Nigeria in its smoke screen of inaction.
Christians are in the majority in Nigeria [surprise, the alleged CIA World Fact Book is wrong and contradicted by nearly every other source…how does this happen?] and over 30M of them are Catholic and yes Pope Francis has been silent.
Nigeria is both the African Continent’s most populous as well as the most prosperous nation and much of its national product is derived from its rich oil reserves, an income stream which Boko Haram seeks to disrupt.
The exact fate of these poor children is unknown at of this writing, but it is an absolute certainty that many of them will be raped if that has not already happened.
Shekau call this "marriage."
In more normal times, with a president who isn’t more concerned about college basketball and his golf swing, SpecOps would already be on the ground hunting Shekau as if he were an animal, which is better than he deserves.
With so much hanging in the balance – disruption of Nigeria’s oil flow would spike world energy prices and Shekau has already threatened to bring his jihad to the United States – there is no conceivable reason to refrain from taking military action.
Unfortunately under this administration that is not going to happen outside of a token offering of possibly a few advisors and members of law enforcement, whose duty would be, we assume, to provide these abused little girls with rape kits.
News Flash: Shekau is a barbarian who doesn't deserve a trial. He needs to assume room temperature as quickly as possible while making every attempt to locate and free these unfortunate children who are caught between a useless Nigerian government and the man who fancies himself King of the Known Universe.
We don't see much cause for hope in this matter; to the powers that be the fate of hundreds of primarily Christian school girls is of no concern.
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