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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Jihad in Nigeria

Coexistence with Islam is difficult when they always seem to be bent on Jihad (killing everyone who is not one of their number. Nigeria is experiencing this first-hand.

On April 28, on this blog, you read (if you were reading) about Boko Haram. It's not seemly to quote yourself, so I won't you can read the details if you want to.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Admitting Islamic extremists now control some of his nation's villages and towns, Nigeria's president declared a state of emergency Tuesday across the country's troubled northeast, promising to send more troops to fight what he said is now an open rebellion.
President Goodluck Jonathan, speaking live on state radio and television networks, also warned that any building suspected to house Islamic extremists would be taken over in what he described as the "war" now facing Africa's most populous nation. However, it's unclear what the emergency powers will do to halt the violence, as a similar past effort failed to stop the bloodshed.

"It would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state and test our collective resolve," Jonathan said.
Is it really that bad in Nigeria? 

My sense is that it isn't because the Islamic movement is localized by turf to the northeastern part of the country. However the trans-African Magreb jihadis are growing in both number, in level of financing and they are expanding their territory. President Goodluck Jonathan is trying to head off what happened in Mali and has happened in so many other locations around the world.

Does the US have a role to play?

Nigeria has a lot of oil, and it's one of the few relatively stable countries in the region. But it's still what most Americans would characterize as a "shit hole". It's black Africa. AIDS is endemic. Ignorance is rife. There are posters by the side of the road urging males not to rape women. When you consider the level of "shit hole", it's not as bad as most places in Africa. I put it on par with modern Kenya (ancestral home of the American President). However, Americans don't need to send their young men and women to die in a place like Nigeria and I doubt that the US has any will to do that -- with the exception of SOCAFRICA. Special Operations Command Africa does have the ability to support Nigeria in a low intensity conflict with training and actual field operations.

The littorals are not at risk. SEALs don't need to go there. However, the US Army has a strong special forces presence that can be supported from our (secret) air base at Naimy, Niger. Sending the Electric Butterknife (US Army Special Forces) makes perfect sense in this situation. It reflects the sort of force-multiplier mission that they do very well and have done since their inception. 

The Loyal Opposition 

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe does not agree with me. In a statement two days ago, he urged African intelligence services  to prepare for fresh onslaughts by foreigners and the continent's former colonizers to grasp its natural resources and potential wealth. (AP Article Here)

Mugabe said Africa's vast reserves of untapped resources and the world-wide recession have triggered a new scramble for control of its "raw wealth." I can't disagree there but the locusts aren't the former colonizers, it's primarily the Chinese. Sorry China. I have to call it the way that I see it.

Hang on a minute, Mugabe!
Opening a convention of the continent-wide 49-nation Committee of Intelligence and Security Services, held in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mugabe said outsiders have used at least 20 armed conflicts in Africa since 1990 to gather intelligence and deploy "stealth predator drones," unmanned surveillance aircraft, to spy on their countries. (Link)
Here, Mugabe is taking an undisguised shot at the US. Not fair, Bob. It's the Chinese who are raping you, not the US. You need to re-think your thesis. However, its always fun to take cheap shots at the world's superpower (run by a fellow of African heritage).

Where is President Obama on this?

He's in Washington, defending his and Secretary Clinton's outrageous conduct in Benghazi, defending his Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service for their undisguised attacks on his political rivals (third world style), deflecting for his Department of Justice who apparently spied on reporters through obtaining their telephone records, and lamenting that the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out by yet another (fellow) Muslim.

Outrageous Conduct

IRS - The Custodians of ObamaCare

The IRS will be enforcing one of the greatest expansions of government power in our history - ObamaCare.

Now we know that IRS has a "Secret Working Group" to target political enemies of the Obama Administration in general and of the President, specifically. (AP)

When ObamaCare's individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income-tax returns must deal with and report personal health information to the IRS.

The IRS will require the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer, the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company, the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan and whether the plan was purchased in one of ObamaCare's "exchanges." Will ObamaCare resisters also be considered enemies of the state?

Benghazi - Lest we forget

Now we know that the facts available to the Obama Administration were generally comprehensive during the terrorist attack on the US Consulate and CIA Bases in Benghazi, Libya on September 11 and 12, 2012. And that while aid could have been sent to save the lives of Americans under attack, a conscious decision was made by the Secretary of State and others NOT to do that. They were on the run up to a Presidential Election and felt that any actions on their part would tend to dilute their 'victory' during the Arab Spring.
(IBD) "Asked if the intelligence community's Benghazi talking points "were not purposely changed to downplay" terrorism at the height of his re-election campaign, after newly revealed emails showed the White House and the State Department heavily revised them, Obama instantly pointed to Republicans."  Because you have to blame somebody else.


The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

This undermines the credibility of the US Department of Justice in a way that even the press (victims) are now taking notice of. It shows that even Obama's devoted followers are subject to the same sort of abuse of trust that the rest of America suffers from. When will journalists stop defending the Obama Administration's outrageous conduct?

IRS - Jackbooted Thugs?

Americans woke up this week being reminded of the old adage that the power to tax is also the power to destroy.

Our country was born in revolt against taxation used by a tyrant to control and stifle liberty, and this is not the first president to abuse this power.
Back in May 2009, Professor Glenn Reynolds, better known to his followers as Instapundit, wrote an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal recounting how President Obama, who had been refused an honorary doctorate by Arizona State University, remarked: "President (Michael) Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS."
The Enemies List 
The Washington Post reports that of 298 groups selected for special scrutiny, according to a congressional aide it talked to, 72 had "tea party" in their title, 13 had "patriot" and 11 had "9/12."

Fast and Furious

Does anyone doubt that the Obama Administration engineered this activity at the very highest levels in order to justify their push toward gun control?

Series Review: Continuum

The SciFi Channel did it right with Continuum, now in its second season.

The Canadian-produced science fiction series focuses on the conflict between a group from the year 2077 who time-travel to Vancouver, BC in 2012-13  A police officer (played by veteran actress Rachel Nichols), is swept into the time vortex and accidentally accompanies them. The rebel group Liber8 decides to continue its violent campaign to stop businesses of the future from replacing governments with their own rules, while the police officer endeavours to stop them without revealing that she is also a time traveller.

Rachel Nichols
As the plot develops through the first season the presence of other time travelers from the future complicate the evolving plot and help define the characters (in a good way). 

Continuum the best series on SciFi since Stargate. The theme is intriguing, the accent on time has endless possibilities, Rachel Nichols is charming and seems very well suited for someone from the future trapped in the past. The veteran actors (Victor Webster, Erick Knudsen, Stephen Lobo, Lexa Doig and Roger Cross) around Nichols support her central role in a convincing and uncontrived way. If you enjoy good science fiction, good acting and an intriguing plot, I think that you'll find Continuum a breath of fresh air when compared to other recent SciFi productions such as Defiance and Falling Skies, that fail to deliver.