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Killing and kidnapping, for what faith?
by Thanos Kalamidas
2014-05-10 10:54:04
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There are in history and especially resent history groups that turned to violence trying to fight an occupant or an oppressor. Most of them lived on the edges between a liberators and criminal terrorist organization, with some of them crossing the never-turning-back line. Some of them are liberators or terrorists by semantics.

A recent example is PLO; the Palestinian Liberation Organization. From murders, kidnappings, skyjackings and bombs now the organization is an equal partner in a negotiation with Israel for the creation of a Palestinian state, recognized from the UN and most countries of the world. In my opinion, PLO’s turning point was when - sometime in mid-eighties - they crossed the red line and understood that this had served everything else except their cause and that it was turning harmful.

nigeria01_400On their path between liberators, extremists and criminals a lot of these organizations found support among the people, sympathizers to their cause and states; some of them actually inspired other organizations with their cause, their tactics or even their turning point. But again it all depending on which side of the spectrum you were standing.

Saying that now, there are some organizations that have managed to veil their criminal identity with a political surface or better following region semantics, under a religious veil. This veil has not only worked as a theoretical alibi for them but also to satisfy their leaders need to dominate and manipulate. A psychotic messiah complex for most of them. Boko Haram, is all that.

Boko Haram as a lot of you might already know is a militant jihadist Islamic organization aiming to establish a “pure” Islamic state ruled by Sharia laws and end the “Westernization” of the region, at least that’s what they say in their public announcements. Their “Westernized” targets include Christians, churches, schools and state institutions. The ‘official’ name of the organization is “Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad,” but it is better known as Boko Haram. And Boko Haram in Hausa means: “Western education is sinful,” which fully identifies the group and its aims.

Since 2010, Boko Haram has attacked a series of targets. It perpetrated the massacre at Yobe State School, where at least 42 students were killed, and attacked the Izghe village, which left 106 dead, and the Federal Government College, which left 29 teenage boys dead. Only in the first four months of this year, Boko Haram has barbarically killed more than 1,500 people.

But what made them really “famous” is their latest big act which was the kidnapping of 234 female students form a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria. The excuse was the education to girls is westernization and women should stay home, create families, have children and serve their husbands. At least that’s what they say that their faith demands. And what Boko Haram did? Started selling the girls as sex-slaves for 2,000 Naira, the equivalent of roughly 8, 5 euro or $12.

Every single act of Boko Haram – beyond human dignity and laws - is in violation of the faith they use as excuse for what they are doing. Every single one. Actually nothing could harm Islam more, and nothing could give more ammunition to the islamophobic of this world more than Boko Haram does this moment. A group of serial killers, kidnappers, traffickers and the list is endless. In periods that we live where Islamophobia has spread all around the west, nobody could serve better, neo-Nazi and xenophobic groups than Boko Haram.

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Emanuel Paparella2014-05-10 16:08:22
Indeed Thanos, Boko Haram is no faith but a despicable and dangerous cult. Any faith that allows slavery and violates human dignity is a sham and a pseudo-faith. I think that most Moslems who are decent people would concur.

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