Islamists slaughter Nigerian Christians on Christmas day

December 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm (africa, anti-fascism, apologists and collaborators, Christianity, Civil liberties, Guardian, hell, islamism, Jim D, media, relativism, thuggery)

“There was a car filled with dead bodies. Apparently it was a family coming to worship” – witness Timothy Onyekwere, quoted in today’s Guardian.

At least 35 Nigerian Christians deliberately blown to bits as they worshipped (or came to worship) on Christmas day. Can you conceive of anything more blatantly, viciously, sectarian? Anything more calculated to say to people, “we regard you as legitimate targets, simply because of your faith, and we will take pleasure in killing you as you come to worship on your most holy day” ?

The perpetrators of these carefully co-ordinated attacks (three in all) are known: the Islamist sect Boko Harem. They did the same thing on Christmas Eve last year. Their aim is to impose sharia law across Nigeria, a country whose population is about equally Christian and Muslim.

The story received a mention on the BBC news on Christmas day, but no analysis, no discussion, no questions asked. Not even the obvious one: what is the relationship (if any) between Boko Harem and al-Qaeda?

Most noticeable of all, no horrified reactions from the usual civil liberties spokespersons, decrying the bestiality of the people prepared to do such things. True, the Vatican found a spare moment from excusing child abuse, to condemn the attacks, but I have  yet to hear anything from the craven sharia-supporter Rowan Williams or any other Christian spokesperson. Never mind the likes of  these people. Can you imagine the reaction if “Zionists” had done such a thing?

The truth seems to be that sections of the “liberal” media and the “civil liberties”/”peace” lobby have come to regard Islamist violence in much the same way as they regard natural disasters – all very sad, of course, but not really anyone’s fault, so to be “regretted” but not “condemned.”  This tendency has intersected with the SWP/Galloway-influenced “left”‘s post- 9/11 enthusiasm for Islamism, and a desire on the part of many decent people to avoid stirring up racist hostility to Muslims. This last element in the mix is the only one deserving of any degree of serious consideration; but it is self-evidently possible to express condemnation of militant Islamism without impugning the vast majority of thoroughly decent Muslims world-wide, who have no time for murderous religious sectarians.

Treating Islamist mass-murder and/or irredentism as virtually an inevitability, a natural phenomenon (or, worse, simply a reaction to “imperialism”/”Zionism”) is, in fact a chemically-pure example of what the late Edward Said once described thus:

“…it is only a slight overstatement to say that Moslems and Arabs are essentially seen as either oil suppliers or potential terrorists. Very little of the detail, the human density, the passion of Arab-Moslem life has entered the awareness of even those people whose profession it is to report the Arab world.”

There also seems to be a reluctance, on the liberal-“left” to face up to the self-evident fact that what we’re facing here, is an anti-fascist struggle.


  1. mentalfinn said,

    When I was in secondary school, we had a few classes dedicated to explaining to us how the news media works. I’ts impossible to cover everything that’s happening thoroughly so they have to choose what stories interest the public most. Stuff that happens nearby is more interesting than what happens far away. If there is film footage about the story it’s more likely to get covered. If the story is related to other stories from previous days, it’s more likely to get covered. Nigeria is far away, it hasn’t been on the news lately and I’m not sure how much film is there to be shown. That’s why the poor coverage.

    • Robin Carmody said,

      Quite possibly true when it comes to TV news and especially ITV News (which is far more parochial and far more human-interest-dominated than it was before deregulation; in tone and style it seems to owe a lot to John Craven’s Newsround, while being considerably less mature than that was), but I think Jim’s main point is about a certain political axis, not TV. And I thoroughly agree with him, predictably enough.

  2. dave said,

    FWIW, I’d factor in the impact of cutbacks on foreign desks. Few papers will have a reporter in the country, most have only got one or two on the whole of the continent, who cannot be expected to have Nigeria expertise.

    Oh, plus journo laziness. Real news stories happening on Christmas day are a pain the arse. (*irony alert*)

  3. stephen said,

    And then of course there will be their contortions to attack Assad’s fantasy Islamists. The neo fellow travellers and useful idiots appear to have one point of moral reference and that is what is against the interests of the US/UK/Israel/NATO. I even came acrosss one comedian recently who talked of a “pluralist Iraq” and placed Tony Blair on the same level as Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot. One almost despairs at how they have arrived at their perverse logic.

  4. Steve said,

    Not exactly a potent attempt to grapple with the underlying issues but yes a viscious sectarian act. The cycle of violence goes on and on and on.

    This site apologises for the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Muslims at the hands of Christain fundamentalists, high fiving each other after they have shot a few ‘sand niggas’ from helicopters. That somewhat undermines the effectiveness of this post.

    Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot are usually lazily put together far more often than Blair, Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot it should be noted.

    • Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,


      No – really. An utter nutter and IDioTT

  5. socialrepublican said,

    It never ceases to amaze me how Swppies and other “anti-imperialists” will talk about “hundreds of thousands” of Muslims being killed by Blair but are perfectly willing to deny or provide cover for those who deny the most well documented case of genocide against a Muslim population, that of Serb nationalists’ design for greater Serbia in Bosnia in 1991-95.

  6. SteveH said,

    I for one do not the deny that the Serbs massacred Muslims in Bosnia.

    The thing is Blair stalks the Earth earning millions while tanning himself to an ever greater shade of orange, whereas Saddam, Gadaffi, Milosevic suffer a slightly different but more appropriate fate.

    And the decents never tire of apologising for the crimes committed by Blair, oh hang a minute, they support the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the name of the enlightenment.

    Fuck you, barbarians.

    • Monsuer Jelly est Formidable said,

      utter cretin without compare.

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