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May we talk rationally about Islamic extremism now?

Boko Haram not only kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls, but decimated a town with gunfire that killed an estimated 300 people.
Boko Haram not only kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls, but decimated a town with gunfire that killed an estimated 300 people.

Well, we can officially add Boko Haram as a terrorist organization.

The reluctance to add Boko Haram by the world community and the United States as a terrorist organization has allowed the extremists to operate under the radar. It is difficult to focus on a specific reason why Boko Haram has so quickly emerged as such a huge threat in Africa, but they have passed all others in violence and chaos the last couple of years.

This minority terror cell with dotted ties to al-Qaida has leap frogged over all other groups that can pose such a destabilizing force in Africa. The sheer magnitude of the atrocities being now committed in Nigeria is proof positive that things are quickly spiraling out of control.

Violence against Christian interests has long been a problem in Africa as the nation of Sudan is a prime example. Other countries as Uganda and Central African Republic have seen increases of Islamic extremists becoming more aggressive in their radical philosophy.

Since Christmas there has been a tremendous upsurge in violence by Islamic fundamentalists wanting to implement Sharia law as a goal for the violence.

Islamic extremists known as Seleka at the beginning of last year overthrew a majority Christian government and began a systematic carnage against Christians in the Central African Republic. There was not that much condemnation of Seleka strong arm action that placed this violent Islamic minority in control of a Christian majority in the CAR. Ugly things were bound to happen and it did.

What happened in the CAR could happen in any African country. The way Seleka was able to usurp control is a dire warning to the rest of the world.

Boko Haram is connected economically, ideologically, and militarily to other violent groups supporting terrorism. This terror network had better be dealt with quickly.

Africa has historically been a location of deadly violence, some ethnically inspired, some political, and some religious.

The rise of Boko Haram’s ability to forcefully implement a rouge government in the CAR was not handled firmly at all last year. Even when atrocities against Christians were clearly taking place, the international community with America included really showed little interest in doing anything.

As with any other bullying, this lack of resolve encouraged Boko Haram to use its terrorist arm back into Nigeria, another Christian majority nation that Boko Haram believes it could intimidate into becoming a Sharia dominated country. The radicals have only increased their organization and sophistication, perhaps in an effort to emulate al-Qaida.

One can wager that the goal of Boko Haram will enter also into Cameroon and extend their violence there.

The military weaponry of Boko Haram has become a major concern as this renegade group has assembled an arsenal that can rival some of the local armies.

Boko Haram was founded by Mohammed Yusuf in 2002 with a goal of establishing a “pure” Islamic state ruled by Sharia law in Nigeria. “Westernization” of Nigeria is the reason for the resistance as the group is known for attacking Christians, government targets, bombing churches, school, police stations, and kidnapping western tourists.

Violence attributed to Boko Haram has resulted in the deaths of over 10,000 people between 2002 and 2013.

Failing to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization by the United States fulfilled a strategy not to make Boko Haram a magnet for other Islamic fundamentalists. America ‘s reluctance to even use the term Islamic terrorists in its communications appears to be more of a hopeful than realistic approach to dealing with Islamic terrorism.

The United States in not alone. The world community has taken practically a conciliatory stand involving Islamic terrorism and being able to tell the difference among moderate or radical brands of Islam.

While our State Department labeled the Muslim Brotherhood “moderates”, hundreds of the Muslim Brotherhood are currently facing executions in Egypt for high treason. It appears the American government has difficulty being able to tell the difference from a moderate and radical.

There are fundamentalists of Islam looking to install Sharia law by violence if necessary. What America and the world need to recognize is what brand of Islam they are really dealing with and not go by their own perceptions established in the western culture.

There are distinctions among secular Muslims, liberal Muslims, moderate Muslims, fundamentalist Muslims or radical Muslims.

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