Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why the West Never Wins...

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley is the goofy looking guy on the left

A lot has been made over “Hillary Clinton NOT putting the al Qaeda affiliated Boko Haram on the United States’ list of terror organizations, BUT the Bush administration made that SAME mistake...ostensibly to keep from barring that group from the “peace process.”

What’s far more disturbing is what the U.S. did in 2013, relative to Nigeria’s push against Boko Haram.

Shortly after John Kerry took the reins as Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Terence P. McCulley, accused the Nigerian government of wanton slaughter during a May, 2013 confrontation with Boko Haram terrorists in the town of Baga, near Lake Chad and threatened to withdraw U.S. military aid from the West African nation.

In that incident, Boko Haram militants attacked a Nigerian military outpost in April 2013 outside Baga, killing one soldier. Following the three-day battle human rights activists, including the George Soros-funded and liberal aligned Human Rights Watch, claimed that the Nigerian military had slaughtered some 183 civilians and burned down over 2,000 homes and businesses.

The Nigerian government denied the claims saying the death toll and destruction had been vastly overstated by its enemies, and in fact 30 Boko Haram terrorists, 6 civilians and one soldier, had died in the fighting. Reports from the Baga clinic, which treated 193 people following the battle, but only 10 with serious injuries, seemed to back up the Nigerian government claim that no large-scale massacre had occurred.

The U.S. Nigerian Ambassador, was unmoved by Nigeria’s case and responded in a May, 2013 meeting with human rights activists by defending Boko Haram:

According to the Canada Free Press; “Mr. McCulley announced to the activists that the US congress had previously passed a law that bars the United States from rendering military assistance to any government that violates basic rights of citizens. He said the Obama led US government has therefore ceased to assist Nigeria militarily in obedience to the law.”

That’s almost certainly why the Nigerian government was initially reluctant to accept U.S. assistance with finding the more than 200 Christian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month. Emboldening Nigeria’s Islamic terrorist enemies and having been already accused by the Obama administration of crimes against humanity for fighting militants who were responsible for hundreds of civilian deaths since 2010, they likely felt that Obama’s belated support was more a product of diplomatic CYA than actually caring about the fate of kidnapped Nigerian children.

This is exactly the kind of policies that assures America won’t “win hearts and minds” across the world. We are too often led by sycophants to political correctness, who wind up having us harming legitimate governments in an effort to “appear impartial,” which of course, like every other nation, we never are.

The only question is, “Why isn't this a much bigger story?

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