September 18, 2013 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On September 13, Boko Haram, the Islamic terror organization, ambushed a brigade of Nigeria's Multi National Joint Task Force killing at least 40 with many still unaccounted for.
"…At least 40 Nigerian soldiers were killed and 65 others went missing in a deadly ambush by suspected members of the extremist group, Boko Haram, in the sect's stronghold in Borno state…" [source, Premium Times]
The Nigerian government is in complete denial regarding the danger posed by the group, refusing to officially even confirm or deny that the attack took place.
Boko Haram operates from a stronghold comprised of three states Borno, Yobe and Adamawa all of which are located in the North West corner of the country and appears to have been emboldened by its recent confrontations. As we noted in an August 14 piece, the Muslim terrorists are so confident of their ultimate victory in Nigeria that it has taken the unprecedented step of warning the United States.
"…Boko Haram might well pose the biggest threat in that regard as it recently [upon a very successful campaign of horrific violence] has become even more strident, claiming that it does not fear America. In the mean time it has focused on control or at least disruption of Nigeria's booming petroleum business.
‘…The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has, in a newly released video, claimed responsibility for the recent attacks in different Borno and Yobe communities including Malumfatori, Bama, Biu, Konduga, Gamboru Ngala, Gwoza, and Damaturu. Close to 100 people including about 14 soldiers were killed in the various attacks; with the latest being in Konduga over the weekend when about 44 people were killed when gunmen dressed in military uniform attacked worshippers in a mosque…We call on you all to repent and come to the ways of Allah. Forget about constitution and accept Shariah. We don't have socialism, we don't know communism, we don't want federalism, but we are Muslims…'"
But Nigeria is not the only country which is pretending that a serious threat exists, the U.S. State Department is claiming that groups such as Boko Haram exist because of unmet social and economic needs, completely ignoring the jihadist nature of the group.
"…During yesterday's State Department briefing, the subject of a recent attack in Nigeria by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram was addressed by Patrick Ventrell, Acting Deputy Spokesperson, in a manner indicative of this administrations twisted thinking regarding terrorism perpetrated by Muslims.
According to Mr. Ventrell, Islamic jihad is caused by government's not addressing long festering local social problems. State's thinking on this is dangerously simplistic in that it implies that absent societal grievances, jihad would not exist.
Below, some of the operative text of yesterday's exchange, see State Department Presser, April 22, 2013. Q. "...But 200 people have been killed in an attack in Nigeria, and this is really the latest in a string of recent attacks related to Boko Haram. Are you concerned that there's been really an uptick in violence in recent months? And is the U.S. still supportive of President Jonathan's posture that Boko Haram is a group that can be negotiated with?
A. "...Well, thanks for the question, Guy. The United States does condemn the violence that took the lives of so many innocent civilians in Baga Borno state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of those who died or were injured as a result of these attacks. We support the Nigerian authorities in their efforts to bring the perpetrators of violent acts to justice, and stress the importance of respecting human rights and protecting civilians in all security responses. So we urge all parties to refrain from reprisal attacks..." [source, William Mayer, U.S. State Dept. Disinformation Campaign Continues: Islamic Jihad Is Legitimate Response To "Economic And Political Needs"]
As we have seen all too frequently the West and increasingly, Africa are whistling past the graveyard when the subject turns to Islamic terrorism. Both are publicly ignoring the growing threat posed by the global jihad. Given Team Obama's recent humiliation at the hands of Vlad Putin in Syria we don't see much changing and any expectations that this administration might provide aid to oil rich Nigeria will likely not be met any time soon.