Jihad in West Africa


Two centuries before the current American foreign policy, or before there
was Zionism, or "Iraq" and "Palestine" to blame, long before "poverty" was
pulled up as a root-cause, and the why-do-they-hate-us brigade not only did
not exist, but would have been impossible to call into being, Muslims in
West Africa were on the Jihad warpath.

A Muslim cleric, or mallam, Usman dan Fodio, led a Jihad against local
non-Muslim rulers from 1804 to 1810. This led to the establishment of the
so-called Caliphate of Sokoto, and to the spread, enforced spread by
military conquest, of Islam. 

The results of that can be seen in West Africa. There one can find Christian
neighborhoods that are well-tended, neat, prettified even with simple
touches (a few flowers), and then the sullen, dirty, rundown areas of
Muslims. The comparison is remarkable. 

And everywhere Christians are under assault. They have been under assault,
most famously, in Nigeria, where in 1967 the Christian Ibos, far more
advanced and industrious than their Muslim overlords, rebelled and declared
the independence of the State of Biafra. The proximate cause were the mass
murders by Muslims of Christian Ibo all over northern Nigeria. But the
Western world did nothing to help the Christian Ibo, while the Muslims --
including Egyptian pilots and planes that strafed Ibo villages, killing tens
of thousands of helpless villagers -- did provide aid. Only two countries in
the world recognized Biafra: Israel and Ghana (Kwame Nkrumah, Osagyefo, if
he did not always understand economics, did understand Islam). In 1969, in
his famous Ahiara Declaration, the leader of Biafra, Colonel Ojukwu,
explained that the main reason for the Biafran fight was to defend the
Christians against, as he put it, the "jihad" being conducted against it.
That jihad by the Muslims who control the military and have largely stolen
the oil wealth of Nigeria (with a little help from some islamochristians
willing to collaborate) continues today. 

Elsewhere the Christians are under siege -- as in the Cote d'Ivoire, or in
Togo, where the more advanced southerners, often of the Ewe tribe that, like
most tribes in coastal West Africa, cuts across national borders, are
leaving. They are leaving not only because the crooked son of the previous
crooked leader is back in business, but because of the Islamic menace. 

Black Africans are enslaved in Mali and Mauritania, but not a syllable of
protest has come from the Arab League about this, though both countries are
members of that league. For decades black African Christians and animists
have been slaughtered or starved to death in southern Sudan, and now black
non-Arab Muslims (or nominal Muslims) are being killed, their cattle
destroyed, their huts and houses burned, their women raped, their men all
killed. And every single person who has lived to testify has talked of how
the various Arab marauders say that "they are black and must be killed."
Imagine, just imagine, if there were not a hundred thousand such incidents
(as have taken place in Darfur) or a million (as in the southern Sudan) but
even one such event, anywhere in the Western world, by a Western government.

Then ask why there is such a different standard, such fear of telling the
truth, about how Islam is a vehicle for Arab supremacist ideology, and Arabs
among the supreme racists of history, who persuade those they conquer to
abandon, forget, despise their own pasts, and to assume pseudo-Arab
identities, and to take as their own models some Arabs who lived -- if they
existed at all -- in 7th century Arabia. 

Is the American government fully aware of the jihad that Ibos remember so
well? Does the American government have any plans should the notion of a
free Biafra (with all the oil in the south, among the lands where various
Christian tribes live) be revived? Does the United States understand that in
the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has been demonized by the French government,
but that the fears of the Christian Ivoiriens that they are being asked to
give citizenship to Muslim migrants in the north are justified? Does the
American government know about Egypt's bullying of Ethiopia in an attempt to
prevent Ethiopia from diverting just some of the headwaters of the Nile for
vital irrigation projects, and of how Egypt sees a Muslim Sudan not as an
enemy but as an ally in the future conflict with Ethiopia? Has the American
government actually talked to Christians from Ethiopia, or worried -- like
people in Western Europe -- about the growing Muslim population and the
demands it makes to change the very nature of Ethiopia? 

Given the entirely predictable paralysis at the U.N. -- where the
Islamintern International calls the shots, and focuses attention on
"Palestine" and keeps it always off the local expressions of Jihad -- over
Darfur, and given the predictable collapse sometime in the future, of that
famous "peace accord" recently "achieved" for the southern Sudan (one which
will last just as long as the government in Khartoum thinks the West is
paying close attention and not a minute longer), why has the United States
not used the excuse of rescuing the people in Darfur to send in a few
thousand troops to seize both Darfur and the southern Sudan? Claims of
government violations of the peace accords with the southerners can easily
be justified. 

What would an American presence do? And who could object? Not Nicholas
Kristof -- he has called for such intervention in Darfur (he seems strangely
uninterested in what happened to the non-Muslims of the southern Sudan over
the past 20 years). Not the leftists everywhere -- how can they oppose
coming in to rescue black villagers, whose pictures, with them swarming
around and smiling at somewhat abashed American soldiers can be displayed
worldwide? Not the black African Christians who will rightly take this as a
sign of muscular American interest in confronting those who conduct Jihad,
and who will be bucked up, from Kenya to West Africa.

And who will be angry? Muslims everywhere will realize that the game is up,
that the Jihad can be opposed without invoking Al Qaeda, and that everywhere
the Muslims have been on the offensive (slowly swallowing up, and arabizing,
most of the Sudan when, a hundred years ago, it was largely un-islamized and
un-arabized), they may now be challenged. Two can play this game, but the
Infidels have not -- they have simply allowed the conquest. They did nothing
to help the Biafrans in their fight for independence after repeated
widespread jihad-massacres of Christians. They have failed to recognize that
demography is a weapon of jihad, and the cross-border infiltration of Muslim
populations in West Africa is a reasonable thing for local Christians to
worry about. They have shown not the slightest foresight about the coming
clash, over water, between Ethiopia and Egypt (which acts as if the
Ethiopians have no right to that water, or only to the amounts that the
Egyptians grandly will allow them). Everywhere we can, we should take the
side of those threatened by Jihad, and in black Africa, the point of obvious
entry, and obvious gain with little pain, is the Sudan. 

Let Saudi Arabia, where slavery was still officially allowed until 1962, and
where unofficially it flourishes, sputter. Let the various Arab League
states in which blacks are still enslaved wax indignant. Let Libya, where
there are routinely murderous riots against black Africans (in one of which
a diplomat from Chad was hung from a pole in Tripoli and left dangling for
the edification and delight of spectators), try to complain.

Any and every place where Islam is clearly, obviously, in the wrong, and can
be confronted at little cost (unlike, say, the miasma of Iraq at present,
where the post-invasion and post-destruction-of-weapons-and-the-regime makes
no sense), should be investigated. 

This is a war of containment, and of wearing down the morale of the other
side. We have right on our side. Islam is a primitive and unpleasant
belief-system. There is little or nothing to admire about it. Everywhere
Islam has conquered, those conquered have emerged, when left with their
lives, to live lives that are far more impoverished in every important way
-- either as non-Muslim dhimmis, or as converts to Islam. Islam limits
artistic expression, stifles the free and skeptical inquiry without which
real science is impossible, and cripples the lives of women. Islam stunts
mental growth. We need make no apologies to others or to ourselves for
coming to this melancholy conclusion, so much at odds with the official
ideology that we have been subjected to -- that everyone is the same, that
all religions and peoples are equal in every way, that no one must ever ever
challenge the self-evident truth of any of this. 

Iraq offered one kind of opportunity -- the opportunity, which was taken, to
destroy the military capacity of Saddam Hussein and Iraq in general. And too
much is now, foolishly, being done by the Americans to build up Iraq's
military and restore that capacity, undoing what was so usefully done. The
best policy in Iraq would be to cease all these plans for $590 million
dollar American embassies, or American bases that can be closed at a
moment's notice through the whim of local Muslims. The American officer
corps should stop being forced to blandly follow the bland, in repeating
mantras about "success" and "bringing democracy to Iraq" that show an
absence of the simplest and most obvious strategic thinking -- simplest, and
most obvious, as long as one keeps in mind that the tenets of Islam, and not
the absence of "democracy," are and will always be a problem for Infidels,
as they have been for the past 1350 years. In Iraq, 139,000 American troops
should be pulled out, or at most, 20-30 thousand stationed temporarily in
Kurdistan, where they will be welcomed, or perhaps in the desert to keep out
foreigners -- but always ready to pick up and leave quickly. 

Leaving Iraq now makes sense -- and not least because of the effect it is
having on the long-term recruitment of the kind of people the army and the
Reserves and the National Guard need. This is a squandering of morale and of
resources that cannot be forgiven and that shows a criminally negligent
attitude toward the growing disbelief in the current Iraq venture that, in
fact, is well-founded, and that comes most feelingly not from those who
think there is no problem with Islam, but from those who think, who know,
that there is a very great problem with Islam. Iraq, while far less
important a matter than preventing the islamization of Europe or Latin
America (where sustained efforts by Tablighi al-Jamaat are bearing fruit) or
sub-Saharan Africa, could, if the fissures were exploited by American
withdrawal, contribute its mite to helping the Infidels to contain Islam, to
disrupt whatever unity it has, to cause consternation and damage morale of
the enemy -- not by spending a hundred billion dollars a year, but rather by
not lifting a finger. 

Please, let's use Iraq properly. Let's stop pouring in men, materiel, money.
Let's not lift a finger. And let's turn our attention to Da'wa in Mexico,
and to Muslim immigration in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and -- which
is where this article began and by rights should return -- to the besieged
black African Christians, pursued by jihadists from southern Nigeria to the
southern Sudan, and to Kenya, and even to the bombed-out "immoral" cafes of

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