Islam and slavery
The leader of an Islamist militant group which has abducted hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls today vowed to sell them as sex slaves despite international outrage at the kidnappings.Abubakar Shekau, the head of Nigerian extremists Boko Haram, said he would 'sell on the market' more than 270 girls captured by his fighters last month.
The group – whose name means 'western education is forbidden' – snatched the children during a raid in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria last month, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained.
In the video, Shekau declares: 'I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.'
He is seen dressed in combat fatigues standing in front of an armoured personnel carrier and two pick-up trucks mounted with sub-machine guns.His message comes after former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is now a UN special envoy on education, led calls for Western governments including Britain to assist with their rescue.A Foreign Office spokesman said the British government is in talks with their Nigerian couinterparts and 'security services' but declined to say if that might include special forces such as the SAS, according to the Daily Telegraph.
US Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend also promised help.'The kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice,' he said.The brazenness and sheer brutality of the school attack has shocked Nigerians, who had been growing accustomed to hearing about atrocities in an increasingly bloody five-year-old Islamist insurgency in the north.
Boko Haram are now seen as the main security threat to Africa's leading energy producer and is growing bolder and extending its reach.In the latest video, the images are blurry at times, but zoom in to Shekau, who speaks in the local Hausa language and Arabic as well as English.Six armed men stand beside him with their faces covered.
For the first 14 minutes, he takes a swipe at democracy, Western education, efforts for Muslims and Christians to live in peace and rails against non-believers in Islam.
'I abducted a girl at a Western education school and you are disturbed. I said Western education should end.'Western education should end. Girls, you should go and get married,' he said.'I will repeat this: Western education should fold up. I abducted your girls.'
'I will sell them in the market, by Allah,' Shekau said, claiming his group was holding the girls as 'slaves'.
'I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine,' he said elsewhere in the video.
"The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) [Didact: I think not] sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Qur'an 4:24) 'And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.'"
It is apparent that the cunning plan of Western liberals to destroy the Dar al-Islam by pushing secularized Western education on Islamic women has been comprehended by the strategists of the global Caliphate. The jihadists are responding in two ways, by infiltrating and taking over educational facilities in the West and by destroying Western educational facilities in the South and East. The very name of the Nigerian group illustrates that they grasp the Western tactic.
Now liberals like Kristof are aghast at the fact that the very young women they intentionally turned into cultural weapons on behalf of their secular ideals are being targeted for enslavement and destruction. But what else did they expect? It would appear they were misled by the widespread failure of the Christians of the West to respond to the successful capture of their daughters by the secular establishment into thinking that the Muslims of the South and East would be similarly complacent.
If Western secularists actually gave a damn about women, (and the tens of millions of aborted young girls around the world strongly suggests they don't), then they should have thought twice before weaponizing young women and turning them into legitimate targets in the violent clash of rival cultures.