Have you ever been so angry that you’re not capable of even truly articulating to yourself why it is that you’re so angry? It’s kind of a new experience for me. Despite the fact that you’ll note I often take an aggressive or sarcastic tone as opposed to my opposite number, believe it or not I don’t really do angry very well. Typically “rather annoyed” is the best that I get. But I’ve spent a lot of the last little bit digging into some of the internet about the latest doings on of Boko Haram and it’s been increasingly taking me up the wall in a fancy luxury car. Not so much what the terrorists themselves have done, but the way that it is being covered………but we’ll get to that. First the info-dump.
Boko Haram are a terrorist group based out of northern Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger. As a group their goal is to spread Sharia Law and stop the spread of what they view as “Westernization”. This translates into a hatred for education and a desire to prevent any form of western-style schooling in favour of religious indoctrination and Islamic fundamentalism. Their core principles seem to be an emphasizing on the sovereignty of gods law and a strong belief that they are a “saved sect”. Because they are all always convinced of gods law and their own special place in the universe.
I’m sure that most who are reading this are fully aware of Boko Haram recently kidnapping several hundred girls from a school in Nigeria. It’s been on the news constantly, on the internet, it’s even gotten to the point where celebrities have started appearing on twitter in meaningless protest images so that they can feel like they’re actually doing something useful. Which I suppose I get; sometimes it’s cathartic to at least feel as though you’re doing something, regardless of how empty and hollow the gesture is. Obviously Boko Haram aren’t going to give a damn if Sean Penn and Justin Timberlake wag their finger at them sternly and scold them, but at least it might take some of the edge off for people.
Obviously my opposite and I are in a similiar position. There’s nothing we can do that’s going to have any effect on what they do so we’re not going to waste the time and effort with these bullshit SJW campaigns. What we can do though is inform people like you bozos in what’s going on and, most importantly, what’s not being said.
About three hundred words or so ago my other half mentioned that we were rather annoyed at the way that this whole thing is being covered. This stems from two factors. The first being the strong focus on the kidnapping itself. We get that it’s the most recent thing that they’ve done and that it’s important to focus on because the girls are still alive and able to be saved, but Boko Haram has existed for years and they have a long list of atrocities under their belt. The kidnapping of the girls is just the one that’s propelled them to the forefront of international awareness. Since 2002 Boko Haram is estimated to have been responsible for approximately ten thousand deaths. I urge you to allow that to sink in for a full moment. There are ten thousand people in Africa dead because of these religious lunatics. However no one really seems to care about that overmuch in the media at the moment. So perhaps you can sympathize with our frustration over the huge exposure simply being given to the kidnapped girls.
The second part of this is the reaction of some groups of people to this. Of course the feminists are going on about an attack on women and grumbling about Islamic ideology and how it targets women, etc, etc, etc. Attempting to paint this as some great example of womens oppression. Ignorant or alternately indifferent of all of the other bodies piled up and mangled inside Boko Harams skeleton closet. I swear if I have to listen to one more fucking feminist try to say that the kidnapping is somehow a greater or more special atrocity than the massacring of male students that’s been portrayed I’m going to smack them over the head until the ideology falls out through their ears and pools on the floor in a noxious smear.
On the other side of things, this attitude has been called out, and the massacre of the boys at the school highlighted by several people. As well as the fact that it’s likely a large part of the fervor surrounding the kidnapping is due to the fact that it’s girls who were taken and not boys. Which is almost certainly very true, however it’s slightly glossed over the fact that the media didn’t really care about the girls either at first. The impetus for the whole #Bringbackourgirls business was that after well over a week following the kidnapping there was almost no international response or news coverage and the Nigerians were looking around at the rest of the world going “What the fuck, people?!”
It was only after the Nigerian civilians lost their shit and started raising a ruckus that America, Britian, and the other countries of the world came over to see what all the fuss about.
But this article is not about the gender issue people are trying to turn the situation into. I only brought it up to illustrate why this article is important and why we’re currently so annoyed. This is about the big picture, because there is a bigger picture here. It’s not that there are girls kidnapped, though that’s a tragedy. It’s not that a group of boys were massacred previously and no one cared because they weren’t girls, though that’s an atrocity. Those are all a part of the bigger picture, but not it’s entirety. The bigger picture is those previously mentioned ten thousand corpses that no one seems to want to really talk about.
So we will.
Boko Haram was more or less peaceful during the first few years of its existence up until around 2009 when the Nigerian government began to investigate rumours that the group was arming itself. Things came to a head when a group of Boko Haram members were stopped by Nigerian police forces while on the way to the cemetary in Maiduguri to bury a comrade. Police stopped and confronted the members over their non-compliance with helmet laws for motorcycle riders of all things. The encounter ended in a violent and short fight in which several of the young men were shot and killed by the police. In retaliation Boko Haram members attacked a police station in the state of Bauchi with fuel-laden motorcycles and poisoned arrows. This, plus the Nigerian counter response sparked off a conflict that spread across three other states and resulted in the deaths of close to a thousand people overall in just a few weeks. Nigerian officials had been warned repeatedly about Boko Haram before but had neglected to take action until that point.
They next surface in the Nigerian capitol of Abuja on December 31 2010 where they set off a bomb blast that killed a disputed 13 to 30 people. People had been gathered in the local market in celebration of the coming new year when the blast was set off, thought to be retaliation for the detainment of 92 suspected members of Boko Haram by police.
After the death of their leader in police custody, Boko Haram stepped back onto the stage with the assassination of a Muslim cleric who was critical of their actions. This was part of a spree of election season violence in which Boko Haram bombed poling stations, electoral offices, police stations, and assassinated several politcial leaders. Which was soon followed by another post-inaugural surge of bombings after President Goodluck Jonathan was elected to resume his term. As well as what is thought to be the first suicide bombing in Nigerian history. The death toll of these attacks came to roughly 33 people and many injured.
On June 26 men on motorcycles threw three sets of explosives into a Maiduguri drinking spot. Firing guns at passersby they killed over 25 people in the blast which was seemingly aimed at police.
July 10 2011 saw the governor of Borno state narrowly escape an attempted assassination when his security detail intercepted a TEN FUCKING YEAR OLD SUICIDE BOMBER as he tried to get close to the governer. Yeah, I forgot to mention they kidnap and employ child soldiers as well. FUCK! How does anyone think this is a good idea? I can’t even fathom how one wakes up one morning and goes “We need to fight the forces of evil for our god,grab a kid and strap him/her down with C4 and tell ’em to go give that guy a hug”. This is beyond horrendous, beyond reprehensible to take an innocent child and turn him into a living weapon just to kill someone else for your own selfish, bronze age ideology. I wish I had the words to completely describe how much I wish solving this problem were as simple as just sending troops over there to go and shoot those assholes. And quite frankly I’m glad that I can’t understand the mentality behind this sort of thing. It makes me feel human.
Fuck, I am very, very tired right now. I’ve been reading about this shit all day.
While I share my opposites sentiments, it is fortunate that the young child was all right. The guards who intercepted him did so without setting anything off and they were able to remove the bomb. Unfortunately there were several other bombs also set off in other places that day which resulted in more loss of life.
August 12 to February 8 2012 saw a car bomb being crashed into the Nigerian UN building and detonated, destroying the lower floors. Bomb and gun attacks at the Red Cross in Damaturu. Worshippers killed while leaving a mosque in Kano, following a wave of five attacked police stations, two immigration offices, and the local intelligence headquarters. Resulting in over 170 bodies sprawled across the streets. A suicice bombing attack on Christmas and violent murders for weeks afterwards. And a final suicide bombing in an army barracks in Kaduna.
Church bombings in Bauchi.
Three more churches suicide bombed in Kaduna June 17th 2012.
Two villages in Plateua state wiped out. The buildings found deserted with only the bodies of 130 people strewn around to serve as a testament to the savagery that had occurred.
46 people, mostly students, killed during a nighttime raid.
The 2013 Kano Bus Bombing.
A raid on a prison and army barracks ended in dozens dead and over a hundred prisoners freed.
The massacre of Izghe village. Where one hundred and two men, along with an elderly woman who was trying to protect her grandson were rounded up and subsequently hacked at and shot to death and left to lie rotting in the streets.
Believe me, I could still go on and on but……quite frankly I just can’t go on. After an entire day of reading these stories I’m two seconds away from offering up sacrifices to Lord Azetlor for a merciful end to all of humanity.
These are the people we are dealing with. Ruthless and inhuman people twisted by their religion’s teachings into violent murderers who use children as living weapons. Driven and fueled by ignorance and superstition we’re only left now with the question of what we’re going to do about it. Which is a question that I’m not sure I can answer right now. After a day of reading this fuckness what I want to do is get an army over there and start putting holes in craniums and military boots up asses. Once my other half takes more control though that might not seem like such a good idea perhaps. The americans are already starting to say that they’re going to go in there and as much as I’d like to see them shoot at something useful for a change; history says that they’re far more likely to buggerhump the situation up even more than it is now. I suppose there’s not going to be a simple answer to this but I don’t have the energy to think about it right now. I just wanted to be sure that it was clear what’s been going on and what we’re dealing here, because it doesn’t seem like anyone else is interested in pointing it out.
The last point to be made here is that neither this, nor the media coverage of the kidnapping is a matter of gender. It’s a matter of geography. This is something that is going on in a third world country that has no oil, strategic military value, or other valuable resource necessary for the major powers to give a a flying frag about what happens there. The people of Nigeria had to jump up and down screaming and flailing their arms in order to get anyone in the west to notice that two hundred plus girls had even gone missing and want to do something about it. Personally I would have jumped in sometime before the ten thousand corpses had piled up, but what do I know?
I need to go watch some videos of kittens or something……..