Nigeria: Islamic Extremists Kidnap 100 Girls from School

Boko haram

Boko Haram has kidnapped over 100 girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Nigeria.

Boko Haram gunmen stormed the town after dark, set fire to several buildings and engaged government troops who were guarding the school in gunfire. They evidently overpowered the troops, then loaded the girls on a truck and drove away.

According to a RightScoop article, the purpose of the abductions is to use the girls for both sex slaves and slave laborers.

Al Qaeda and charitable fronts, including at least one such front in Britain are reputed to be funding the terrorist organization.  This raises the question in my mind as to who, exactly, “Al Qaeda” is. I know that we’ve heard the name in news stories over and over, but who are they? Where are they getting the money to fund rebels in a war in Syria and a guerrilla war in Nigeria, as well as all sorts of disruptive engagements elsewhere?

Aside from all other questions, war on any scale does not come cheap, and money on a war-making scale is not quiet. Who is selling them their armaments, and who is paying for them? Who is supplying them with food, clothing and shelter? Who buys the pickup trucks and motorcycles they ride around in? Who sells them the gasoline and who maintains the vehicles? Where are these vehicles parked when they’re not in use?

This is a large scale operation, and it is inexplicable to me that the Nigerian government can not track it down. If they are coming over the border from neighboring countries, why can’t that be tracked?

As for Syria, this an outright war effort that has engaged the Syrian government in a fight for its life. Again, who is feeding/supplying/training/housing a whole army of rebels?

I do not believe that governments in the West are ignorant of the answers to these questions. Money of this magnitude is a force. It’s like a big river, and like all big rivers, it has tributaries and runs in a course. Shoulder-shrugging and waving of the Al Qaeda bogeyman is beginning to look like a way to keep from telling the truth.

I’m asking these questions because I don’t “get” why the Nigerian government is so incapable of tracking these killers down and taking them out. If this was the first time this kind of attack had happened, the government’s inability to respond would make a kind of sense. However, after years of these atrocities, you’d think somebody would have figured out a plan of action.

Reports I’ve read about this raid said that the terrorists showed up riding motorcycles and driving trucks. I know this is a naive question, but why is the Nigerian government so helpless in the face of that?

People I know from Nigeria have told me that corruption is a way of doing business there, including corruption throughout all levels of government. Does corruption play a part in the government’s inability to track these killers down? What effect does the divided loyalties of the country’s Muslims have on the issue?

To circle back around, who, exactly, is putting this together? I seriously doubt that a bunch of thugs on motorcycles and driving pick-up trucks are the big brains who have raised the hundreds of millions of dollars it would take to fund and organize a long-term operation like this.

These repetitive stories of Boko Haram attacking unarmed civilians and then riding off into the night unchallenged are beginning to grate.

I’ll go back to my earlier question. Who is Al Qaeda? By that I mean who is bankrolling them, arming them and feeding this blood-thirsty beast of war on civilian populations by groups of thugs?

 

  • pagansister

    Why is it that those that attack innocents are many times associated (or claim to be) with a religion? What kind of a god do those people serve anyhow? Not one i would want to associate with or worship. Those poor girls—-their lives belong to someone else now. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could answer the main question you have asked, Rebecca? Who funds those horrible folks?

    • SisterCynthia

      Whoever they are, they have a lot of blood and judgement on their heads. :(

      • pagansister

        I totally agree.

    • Dale

      Why is it that those that attack innocents are many times associated (or claim to be) with a religion?

      500 years ago, the philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: “Men never do evil so
      completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

      Finding out who is funding such violence is important. However, in the US we know that ordinary and well-meaning Catholics helped fund IRA violence in Northern Ireland. The answer may not involve fingering a small number of culprits, so much as requiring that we change cultural and political attitudes.

  • FW Ken

    Nigeria is an incredibly complex country, with over 500 living languages, and from what a coworker tells me, a tribal government in some ways more powerful than the official government (and no, I don’t understand how it all fits together), so the opportunities for corruption are multiplied. This NY article suggests that Boko Haram is growing bolder, moving into the capital.

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/world/africa/nigeria.html?emc=edit_th_20140415&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=20525&_r=1&referrer=

    Where is the money coming from? Well, since Pres. Obama has expressed support for the Syrian rebel forces, I would look at American money in that sector.

    As for Nigeria, it’s been a battleground between Christians and Muslims for awhile now. In that arena, I would expect al Queda is funding the war. Remember that Osama was from a rich Saudi family, with a lot of personal wealth. And who knows what other resources are flowing from Saudi Arabia ?

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    The poor girls. There is something wrong with Islam when so many must do acts of this kind in order to justify their faith.

    • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

      This isn’t about justification of faith, this is about profit.

      • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

        You might be right about this one. But it’s still intertwined with Al Qaida.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    “the purpose of the abductions is to use the girls for both sex slaves and slave laborers.”

    BOTH? One kind of precludes the other, doesn’t it? Islam is insane.

  • AnneG

    We’ve lived in 2 countries with significant, very dangerous unrest. Don’t these things start out small, gathering momentum and support from internal and external forces, dangerous ideologies, including Islam, and corrupt governments who make money off the unrest? That is certainly what we saw. In the case of Islam there are lots of international interests providing funds and getting benefits. There are groups that want to take over all of the countries of central Africa, as the North African countries are already Islamic. Osama Bin Laden dreamed of a new Caliphate, from Southeast Asia and India to Spain. I think Nigeria’s government has a reputation for corruption and I bet they are getting rich covering up and selling to Boko Haram. It is awful.
    It really isn’t that different from the situation in Mexico, where, because of the narco traffickers, 25,000 people, totally uninvolved, are killed, kidnapped and disappeared every year, now.

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

    What follows is my conclusions from various bits of hearsay and evidence. Take it for what it’s worth.
    The native ground of Al Qaeda is among the second-rank nobility of Saudi Arabia, families made rich by oil but shut out of any real power by the immense royal family (5000 princes and counting). That is the social background of Osama Bin Laden, a scion of the immensely rich but non-royal Bin Ladins. These people, like all Saudis, have been bred in the incredibly extreme and vicious teachings of the Wahabi sect, a grouping most other Muslims regard as insane; and those among the Saudis who have, or think they have reason to revolt against the kingdom’s current order tend naturally to express their sense of revolt through Wahabism. The first activities of Al Qaeda were restricted to the Arabian peninsula, and, while their immediate targets were the USA forces in the country, their goal was the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy. Threatened by their rising power, the Saudis reacted by persecuting them in their own territory, but also by encouraging them to take a greater interest and presence in scenes of jihad outside Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden went to Afghanistan, and thousands of Saudi recruits and hundreds of millions of Saudi dollars followed him. That was the beginning of the internationalization of Al Qaeda.

    Given the common grounding of both the Saudi government and its Al Qaeda enemies in Wahabi teachings, and given the Saudi push to direct Al Qaeda’s attentions away from Saudi Arabia, it is often difficult to distinguish Al Qaeda and Saudi government activities. The Saudi government’s subversive activities are peaceful, consisting mostly in the heavily funded subversion of mosques and religious schools – some people claim that as many as four out of five mosques in the USA are funded from Saudi Arabia – but they also inevitably cause violence, as the next generation, bred in Wahabi teachings, is ready for anything. And Saudi reach, financed by the Kingdom’s petro-dollars, is worldwide: Saudi emissaries and Saudi-taught imams are taking over mosques from South Africa to central Asia and from the Niger to the Philipines. Al Qaeda picks up the fruits of this activity. Several important local movements have declared their allegiance to Al Qaeda, among which the monstrous Salafists of Algeria – now Al Qaeda for North Africa – and the even more repulsive Boko Haram. These people, some of whom have suffered severe defeats in their native countries, find Al Qaeda’s Saudi money a great cordial, and Wahabi teachings a very practical help.

    More recently, a third contending element has elbowed its way to the core of this oil-fueled Wahabi chamber of horrors. The emirate of Qatar, a country of maybe two million people on a territory smaller than Connecticut but larger than Delaware, shows signs of wanting to parlay its even more extreme oil wealth – it is the third oil producer in the world today, with far less people to share the results than Saudi Arabia – into blowing itself up to world power status. The first many of us heard of this sliver of Wahabi desert was a few years ago, when it purchased the next soccer World Cup; an act of incredible and despicable corruption, accompanied by the ridiculous claim that it could and would build and fill twelve World Cup-size stadiums. A Wotld Cup-size stadium must accommodate at least forty thousand spectators – Qatar has about two million inhabitants – you do the math. And let’s not even speak of the notion of playing ninety minutes of soccer in Qatar’s desert climate. Incredibly, world soccer accepted this monstrosity with only a few grumbles, which shows they are either monumentally corrupt, monumentally ignorant, or both. But this display of pretentious arrogance is only a symptom of the conquering mania that seems to have seized the brains of Qatari rulers. These days, the money for world terrorism comes more from Qatar than from Saudi Arabia, and, unlike the supposed friends of the West in the larger kingdom, Qatar barely bothers to hide the government hand behind the mass funding. The recent frolics in Libya and Syria, in particular, are said to be largely Qatari enterprises, with Saudi influence in the minority.

    What is called the government of Nigeria was and remains absolutely unprepared to cope with Boko Haram. A successor of the thin administrative structure placed by the British to control hundreds of divided and different tribes, it has barely enough tradition and legitimacy to survive. Until recent times, it has been largely a tool of the Army, and the Army in turn has been largely a tool of Muslim (yes) interests from the north of the country, skimming the take on the oil production based largely on the Christian South. By temperament, the Nigerian military leadership looks on Muslims as friends; when, in 1968, Christian Biafra rose in revolt, demanding independence, it was massive help from Egypt that allowed the federal government of Nigeria to win the war. Poorly organized, sharing their legitimacy with long-surviving local chieftainships and kingships that the English never bothered to remove, and instinctively driven to see the Christians rather than the Muslims as a potential enemy, the army of Nigeria are facing Boko Haram – murderous, well led, and given prestige by their very brutality – in the fashion of leaderless sheep. The girls who were abducted make a powerful symbol, for they were certainly from the ruling and economically leading classes. To make slaves of such young women sends a terrible message to all Nigeria, Muslim and Christian.

    You have to realize that, while the Christian Nigerian south is generally economically active and somewhat prosperous – indeed, some people reckon Nigeria as Africa’s strongest economy, ahead even of South Africa – and the groups identified with the army and the federal government share in this prosperity by the means of a corruption fantastic even by African standards, Nigeria’s Muslim north has neither oil nor (in the majority) army connections, and is economically moribund. All it has is the inherited pride and arrogance of a time before the British, when the emirates of Kano and Timbuctu were conquerors among the animists and Christians of the south, who supplied the raw materials for the slave caravans that crossed the Sahara year after year. In such areas, Boko Haram can recruit at will, and does.

    I think the federal government of Nigeria is really and seriously waking up to the fact that Boko Haram are their main enemy, Muslim or not, and whatever their support among the northern tribes. But even if they do, they will have the same problem that the military establishment of Pakistan, with a similar background and a not very different social position, have when they try to fight the Pakistani Taliban.


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