[Marxism] Boko Haram
gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Mon May 12 19:10:04 MDT 2014
The kidnapping of the school girls has been rightly condemned by everyone
outside the ranks of the insurgent Boko Haram. Let me make it absolutely
clear that I believe that was a heinous crime. However there is a wider
game at play and the hapless school girls are in danger of becoming pawns
in that game.
The kidnapped schools girls suddenly became "our Girls". Thousands of
girls in Africa endure famine and the most extreme forms of patriarchy and
they have never become "our girls". Yet, these school girls have, and we
need to keep asking why, while at the same time condemn their kidnapping.
Boko Haram have been constructed by the military complex in the USA as a
threat to the USA, and as the successors to Al Qaida. They are, instead, a
rag tag bunch of peasant revolutionaries, who have been built up as a grave
and present danger in order for the USA to up its profile in Africa,
possibly in response to beliefs that the Chinese are taking over the
dominant role in Africa.
Boko Haram also help boost the notion that Islamic extremism is the threat
to the "Free World". The egregious Tony Blair recently parroted that
nonsense, as one would expect. The real threat to our freedom is of course
the exponential growth in the wealth and the power of the upper 1%. Blair
knows that, without a doubt, but it suits his interests to give full play
to his natural sycophancy and attack the marginalized.
The answer to Boko Haram is to address the social problems which have
resulted in them becoming "the heart of a heartless world". But that would
mean a move towards socialism in Nigeria, and there is no one in the White
House who will tweet for that.
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