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Confusion on Boko Haram and Terrorism

May 17th, 2014 - 11:44 am

Boko Haram’s explicit goal is the imposition of sharia law, first in Nigeria (because that’s where they are) but ultimately worldwide. Even then-Secretary Clinton, despite failing to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, acknowledged in congressional testimony that Boko Haram shared al Qaeda’s “jihadist” ideology (see the clip Bret played last night—jihadist is the word Clinton used … no doubt because the Obama administration was being criticized at the time for suppressing it). This jihadist ideology does not recognize national borders, so it is foolish to portray it as content to wage local wars for political control of this country or that. It sees the world as Dar al-Harb (the realm of war) versus Dar al-Islam, in which the latter must conquer the former. In fact, as I noted here at Ordered Liberty a few days ago—citing Tom Joscelyn’s Long War Journal partner, Bill Roggio—Boko Haram’s leader, Abubaker Shekau, explicitly threatened the United States (in sympathy with al Qaeda) in 2010: “Do not think jihad is over. Rather, jihad has just begun. America, die with your fury.” Like al Qaeda, Boko Haram sees itself as at war with the West and non-Muslims generally, not just with the Nigerian government.

I will be presumptuous again regarding what George Will may be thinking because I have expressed a similar frustration for many years. I’ve always objected to the term “War on Terror.” My problem with it is not just that “terrorism” is a tactic rather than an identifiable group of people, and therefore that the term “War on Terror” conveys a reluctance to name the enemy we are fighting against. It is also that the imprecision of the term “War on Terror” easily lends itself to mission creep: You start out fighting jihadists who mass-murdered Americans and the next thing you know you’re in a (now) thirteen-year-old futile experiment to bring Western democracy to sharia societies—a mission that very few Americans would have supported using our troops for but one that slipstreamed behind the effort to fight “terror.” After a while, under the same spell of political correctness that produced the term “War on Terror” in the first place, the government is institutionalizing procedures that undermine liberty under the guise of combatting “terror”—e.g., intrusive, non-particularized, unreasonable searches of everyone who wants to get on a plane or enter a building, 99.999 percent of whom clearly pose no threat to anyone.

If what George Will is saying is that we should be clear in what we mean by “terrorism” so that we have an accurate understanding of who the real enemy is, he is right. But you do not advance your understanding, or your security, by failing to call real terrorists terrorists. Boko Haram jihadists are real terrorists and their organization should have been designated as a terrorist organization several many years ago.

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When a Muslim murders, steals , commits a violent act, is a paedophile or is misogynous he is just doing as the Koran and Islam teach and ENCOURAGE him to do i.e. emulating the acts of his prophet Mohammad. If a Christian does the same then he is going against all the teachings of Christ.
While there may be 'moderate' Muslims, it is THEY who are the REAL 'Misunderstanders' of Islam because there is no such thing as 'moderate' ISLAM.
Nor is there ever likely to be because on pain of being called Apostate all Muslims must subscribe to the Korans own claim that it is 'the ACTUAL and UNALTERABLE word of God'. So no wriggle room for reformation there then.
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Mr McCarthy is right. We're not in a war on terror -- we're in a war against Islamic supremacism. Well, actually, only the other side knows it's in a war. The West is at the mall.
15 weeks ago
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" But this canard elevates what progressives want to believe about Boko Haram (and radical Islam generally) over the reality of how these groups define themselves."

It is also a canard that this is "Radical Islam". None of this is that at all. Boko Haram is not engaging in "Radical Islam". Boko Haram is doing what Mohammad, all Muslim's "Perfect Man", to be emulated as much as possible, himself did and instructed his followers to do. Boko Haram is simply engaging in Islam. That's it.

It is a disservice to truth to keep using "Radical Islam" as it tends to whitewash Islam and Mohammad. I have not heard of a single American Imam denouncing Boko Haram as engaging in behavior that Mohammad himself did not and would not engage in, because they can't without lying about Mohammad, the mass murdering, mass enslaving, mass torturing, lying, thieving, misogynist and rapist of little girls, The Sub-Human Monster Who Walked The Earth.
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It is JIHAD that OBAMA supports with QATAR. In every scandal involving Islamists, it always goes back to Qatar.

The Nigerian Connection: Boko Haram, Obama, and Qatar
http://nyyrc.com/blog/2014/05/the-nigerian-connection-boko-haram-obama-and-qatar/
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Understanding iconography helps understand the way the left views what is happening in Nigeria and with jihad in general. The picture of a man with a beard and an AK-47 forcing school girls to recite the prayers which in his view will make them irrevocably Muslim is a good guy because he fits the iconography of the West's great wave of totalitarianism - communism. They would not consciously claim that he is a good guy, but they believe it in their hearts. That is why they replace Christendom's perfect man with that glowing portrait of Che. They cannot see that these guys with beards and AK 47s are not likely to bring about their vision of a progressive utopia but they get it that the present wave of totalitarianism sweeping the Muslim world is an after shock of our own failed experiments with forcibly imposed absolutism. They seldom say it verbally, but George Galloway, the communist mayor of London, actually said during the Iraq war that the jihadis were the last best hope of The Revolution. Read VS Naipaul's Among the Believers to see what happened to the idealistic Iranian leftists who supported the Islamists in 1979.
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it is Jihad

and we really should call it by its truename
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Greetings:

Once again, Islam is the millstone. If your plan doesn't include constraining, undermining, or eradicating Islam, you don't have a plan. What you have is a hope.
15 weeks ago
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The administration has different priorities, the big thing at the moment is, don't laugh, racial integration of the nations schools. Oh the pure joy of disrupting family plans and the convenience of the local school, it's racist you see. Holder and Michelle and of course Dumbo hold this closer the their hearts than any silly little thing like a 1400 year old islamic war. But appearances must be maintained.
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Now that we have been systematically weakened by the Left [D] policies and regulations and decrees and court rulings and budget cutting and mistreating the vets and active duty military and rampant corruption and voter fraud and open borders and arming the wrong side, et al, what do we expect to happen when we recognize and name the enemy?
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As usual most Western Politicians and 'meejah' pundits miss the plot and cannot see the wood for the trees and cannot join the dots. They see each ISLAMIC atrocity as an ISOLATED incident, but they are not. Militant Islam fueled huge Oil Revenues and driven by devoted devout adherents is on the march all over the Middle East, all over North Africa and now intruding into sub Saharan Africa, its all over Asia too and Islamic Terrorists have infiltrated most European countries and the USA in the guise of refugees. Forget the Global Warming SCAM the real threat to the world is ISLAM. Just like the 7th Century Islam is on the rise by the SWORD again.
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As usual most Western Politicians and 'meejah' pundits
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Helpful hint folks: In warfare civilians and other non-combatants suffer casualties IN SPITE of being non-combatants. Terrorism kills non-combatants BECAUSE they are non-combatants.

Under the former dead women and children are collateral damage. Under the latter dead women and children are the purpose of the killing.

This should clarify the matter.
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Best clarification I have ever read. Thanks.
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