Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Where are the College Boko Haram Protests?

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Where are the College Boko Haram Protests?

Over the last week the story of Boko Haram has become a story that has migrated to the main­stream media.

The mass abduc­tion of teenage girls yet again deliv­ered on a threat that Shekau has made repeat­edly. “West­ern edu­ca­tion” is a prime tar­get of Boko Haram because in the group’s view, it rein­forces colo­nial and Chris­t­ian influ­ence and sup­presses Islam.

In a July 2013 video, Shekau promised that schools would be burned and teach­ers killed. He has been true to his word. In Feb­ru­ary, a school in Nigeria’s north­ern Yobe state was attacked and burned down, leav­ing 29 boys dead. And last Sep­tem­ber, more than 40 stu­dents at an agri­cul­tural col­lege were killed.

And the future remains grim for the young girls:

While boys abducted in Nige­ria and other war-​torn African coun­tries face the mis­ery of a life where they are forced to become beg­gars, min­ers or child sol­diers, girls like the nearly 300 mainly Chris­t­ian teens abducted by the Boko Haram last month are more likely to be dis­persed through­out the con­ti­nent, Rus­sia, the Mid­dle East and even Europe, sold for a few dol­lars and forced to become pros­ti­tutes. Some escape, and make it back to their vil­lages, while oth­ers are forced into the sex trade and exposed to bru­tal­ity and disease.

And now that they can’t be ignored

A new Boko Haram mas­sacre has killed hun­dreds in Nigeria’s north­east, a sen­a­tor said Wednes­day, as police offered $300,000 dol­lars for infor­ma­tion lead­ing to the res­cue of more than 200 school­girls held hostage by the Islamists.

the log­i­cal ques­tions have to be asked:

A Daily Beast arti­cle raised the issue. It quoted an anony­mous U.S. offi­cial who crit­i­cized the Clin­ton State Depart­ment for reject­ing calls in 2012 by some in Con­gress, the Depart­ment of Jus­tice and oth­ers to add Boko Haram to the ter­ror list as a threat to U.S. inter­ests and home­land security.

At the time, State Depart­ment offi­cials argued such a move could cause more harm than good by enhanc­ing the group’s stand­ing and mak­ing U.S. and West­ern inter­ests a tar­get of Boko Haram attacks.

After Clin­ton stepped down and was suc­ceeded by John Kerry, the State Depart­ment des­ig­nated the group as a ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion in Novem­ber 2013.

The Daily Beast Piece is here but a more sig­nif­i­cant story is linked by Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton stated in 2013 that the ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Boko Haram acts out of poverty, not because of reli­gious fervor.

Mr. Clin­ton not only stated that poverty was the cause, but that specif­i­cally, Islam and reli­gion could not be blamed in any way. Pos­si­bly it is related to Pres­i­dent Clin­ton being “dis­crim­i­nated” against for being black.

Per­haps is would have been bet­ter if he lis­tened to the voices of peo­ple more famil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion, say some­one who has dealt directly with the oppres­sion of women in Africa and the dan­gers of rad­i­cal Islam there, maybe some­one like Ayaan Hirsi Ali

But lit­tle atten­tion has been paid to the group’s for­mal Ara­bic name: Jam’at Ahl as-​Sunnah lid-da’wa wal-​Jihad. That roughly trans­lates as “The Fel­low­ship of the Peo­ple of the Tra­di­tion for Preach­ing and Holy War.” That’s a lot less catchy than Boko Haram but sig­nif­i­cantly more reveal­ing about the group and its mis­sion. Far from being an aber­ra­tion among Islamist ter­ror groups, as some observers sug­gest, Boko Haram in its goals and meth­ods is in fact all too rep­re­sen­ta­tive.The kid­nap­ping of the school­girls throws into bold relief a cen­tral part of what the jihadists are about: the oppres­sion of women. Boko Haram sin­cerely believes that girls are bet­ter off enslaved than edu­cated. The ter­ror­ists’ mis­sion is no dif­fer­ent from that of the Tal­iban assas­sin who shot and nearly killed 15-​year-​old Pak­istani Malala Yousafzai — as she rode a school bus home in 2012 — because she advo­cated girls’ edu­ca­tion. As I know from expe­ri­ence, noth­ing is more anath­ema to the jihadists than equal and edu­cated women.

she asks the obvi­ous question:

Where are the Mus­lim college-​student orga­ni­za­tions denounc­ing Boko Haram? Where is the out­rage dur­ing Fri­day prayers? These girls’ lives deserve more than a Twit­ter hash­tag protest

and calls for action.

I am often told that the aver­age Mus­lim whole­heart­edly rejects the use of vio­lence and ter­ror, does not share the rad­i­cals’ belief that a degen­er­ate and cor­rupt West­ern cul­ture needs to be replaced with an Islamic one, and abhors the den­i­gra­tion of women’s most basic rights. Well, it is time for those peace-​loving Mus­lims to do more, much more, to resist those in their midst who engage in this type of pros­e­ly­tiz­ing before they pro­ceed to the phase of holy war.

Ms Ali seems to be really on top of the whole Boko Haram story and the oppres­sion of women in Africa. If only it was a tad ear­lier in the year, some pres­ti­gious uni­ver­sity could have snatched her up as a com­mence­ment speaker.

Clos­ing thought: On a whim I did a search for “Boko Haram” on the Bran­deis site turns up one mas­ters the­sis and a sin­gle ref­er­ence under “inter­na­tional jus­tice in the news” newslet­ter from Sept 2013″. No protests, no speeches, no demon­stra­tions. No protest let­ters from fac­ulty or the Mus­lim Stu­dents Association.

How about that!

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Over the last week the story of Boko Haram has become a story that has migrated to the mainstream media.

The mass abduction of teenage girls yet again delivered on a threat that Shekau has made repeatedly. “Western education” is a prime target of Boko Haram because in the group’s view, it reinforces colonial and Christian influence and suppresses Islam.

In a July 2013 video, Shekau promised that schools would be burned and teachers killed. He has been true to his word. In February, a school in Nigeria’s northern Yobe state was attacked and burned down, leaving 29 boys dead. And last September, more than 40 students at an agricultural college were killed.

And the future remains grim for the young girls:

While boys abducted in Nigeria and other war-torn African countries face the misery of a life where they are forced to become beggars, miners or child soldiers, girls like the nearly 300 mainly Christian teens abducted by the Boko Haram last month are more likely to be dispersed throughout the continent, Russia, the Middle East and even Europe, sold for a few dollars and forced to become prostitutes. Some escape, and make it back to their villages, while others are forced into the sex trade and exposed to brutality and disease.

And now that they can’t be ignored

A new Boko Haram massacre has killed hundreds in Nigeria’s northeast, a senator said Wednesday, as police offered $300,000 dollars for information leading to the rescue of more than 200 schoolgirls held hostage by the Islamists.

the logical questions have to be asked:

A Daily Beast article raised the issue. It quoted an anonymous U.S. official who criticized the Clinton State Department for rejecting calls in 2012 by some in Congress, the Department of Justice and others to add Boko Haram to the terror list as a threat to U.S. interests and homeland security.

At the time, State Department officials argued such a move could cause more harm than good by enhancing the group’s standing and making U.S. and Western interests a target of Boko Haram attacks.

After Clinton stepped down and was succeeded by John Kerry, the State Department designated the group as a terrorist organization in November 2013.

The Daily Beast Piece is here but a more significant story is linked by Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

former President Bill Clinton stated in 2013 that the terrorist organization Boko Haram acts out of poverty, not because of religious fervor.

Mr. Clinton not only stated that poverty was the cause, but that specifically, Islam and religion could not be blamed in any way. Possibly it is related to President Clinton being “discriminated” against for being black.

Perhaps is would have been better if he listened to the voices of people more familiar with the situation, say someone who has dealt directly with the oppression of women in Africa and the dangers of radical Islam there, maybe someone like Ayaan Hirsi Ali

But little attention has been paid to the group’s formal Arabic name: Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da’wa wal-Jihad. That roughly translates as “The Fellowship of the People of the Tradition for Preaching and Holy War.” That’s a lot less catchy than Boko Haram but significantly more revealing about the group and its mission. Far from being an aberration among Islamist terror groups, as some observers suggest, Boko Haram in its goals and methods is in fact all too representative.The kidnapping of the schoolgirls throws into bold relief a central part of what the jihadists are about: the oppression of women. Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated. The terrorists’ mission is no different from that of the Taliban assassin who shot and nearly killed 15-year-old Pakistani Malala Yousafzai—as she rode a school bus home in 2012—because she advocated girls’ education. As I know from experience, nothing is more anathema to the jihadists than equal and educated women.

she asks the obvious question:

Where are the Muslim college-student organizations denouncing Boko Haram? Where is the outrage during Friday prayers? These girls’ lives deserve more than a Twitter hashtag protest

and calls for action.

I am often told that the average Muslim wholeheartedly rejects the use of violence and terror, does not share the radicals’ belief that a degenerate and corrupt Western culture needs to be replaced with an Islamic one, and abhors the denigration of women’s most basic rights. Well, it is time for those peace-loving Muslims to do more, much more, to resist those in their midst who engage in this type of proselytizing before they proceed to the phase of holy war.

Ms Ali seems to be really on top of the whole Boko Haram story and the oppression of women in Africa. If only it was a tad earlier in the year, some prestigious university could have snatched her up as a commencement speaker.

Closing thought: On a whim I did a search for “Boko Haram” on the Brandeis site turns up one masters thesis and a single reference under “international justice in the news” newsletter from Sept 2013″. No protests, no speeches, no demonstrations. No protest letters from faculty or the Muslim Students Association.

How about that!

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