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No More Lollipops For Boko Haram

Posted in Al Quada, America, Britain, Christianity, Islamic Revolution, News, Nigeria, Sharia Law, Terrorists, United Nations with tags , , , , on 23/05/2014 by floroy1942
Abubakar Shekau - Boko Haram Leader

Abubakar Shekau – Boko Haram Leader

It looks like the good days are over for the Nigerian Terrorist group Boko Haram. The next time their leader, Abubakar Shekau, goes to the local bank to withdraw some cash for his men he will be disappointed. He may also have trouble if he places an order with Amazon for a fresh supply of AK 47’s.

Boko Haram hit the headlines after they kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, and this huge blow came from the world’s highest international body, i.e. the United Nations, who have slapped sanctions on the group for its association with al Quada.

Nigeria's Kidnapped Girls

Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls

Now, if you are cynical of such a move as I am you will wonder how this will affect the terrorist group. The sanctions are an arms embargo and asset freeze, so I guess all this just goes to show how absurd the United Nations can be in times of crisis. It took five weeks after the kidnapping of the the Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram for them to do anything about it.

Samantha Powers - United States UN Representative

Samantha Powers – United States UN Representative

Samantha Powers, the United States UN Envoy stated: “Today, the Security Council took an important step in support of the government of Nigeria’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram and hold its murderous leadership accountable for atrocities.” Wow! Well in that case Boko Haram’s days must certainly be numbered (I don’t think!).

Burnt Out School

Burnt Out School

I for one would like to know what effect these sanctions are likely to have on a terrorist group that hides in the jungles of Africa. It’s not as if they drop by the local weapons shop to buy new guns, or make regular trips to the bank for cash now is it? All weapons come from illegal arms sellers, and what makes people think their bank account is labelled ‘Boko Haram’? These are the kind of people who raid a town or village and take what they need, and all the embargo’s in the world are not going to affect them much. The only thing that may be upsetting is they will no longer be able to buy lollipops for the schoolgirl hostages in the local village.

According to envoy Powers, “The sanctions designation would help close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to the group.” It is interesting to note that analysts have said it is difficult to say what practical effect the move will have. Well in my analysis, I would say none.

A Less Gruesome Atrocity By Boko Haram.

A Less Gruesome Atrocity By Boko Haram.

I certainly do not expect Boko Haram to walk out of the bush in a week or two with their hands held high as they surrender to Nigerian troops because they are stricken by the sanctions.

The group have been responsible for the deaths of thousands of people in Nigeria since 2009 in their efforts to turn the country into a Muslim State complete with Sharia Law, even though by far the greater majority of Nigerians are Christian. Most of their attacks have been in the Muslim northwest of the country, although many have been made in central Nigeria.

Oil Production In Nigeria

Oil Production In Nigeria

Part of the problem is that the country is one of the richest in Africa because of its oil production, but sadly, little of that wealth has trickled down to the people outside the southwest oil-producing areas. There can be no doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan and his government are largely responsible for this fact as he has not made sure the wealth has been spread across the country to improve the lives of all the country’s inhabitants.

Where people in the oil rich areas are living the high-life, the great majority of the population still live in squalor and that is unacceptable by anyone’s standards. But this does not detract from the fact that Boko Haram is trying to turn the country into an Islamic State.

Nigerian President

Nigerian President

Since the abduction of the 200 plus schoolgirls, the group have remained firmly in the world headlines as people wait to see what steps will be taken to get them back. In my view, the efforts of the Nigerian Army have been far from satisfactory, but there again, they lack good leadership and a proper plan of action. President Goodluck Jonathan appears to be ‘sitting on the fence’ and incapable of taking any positive action on this problem.

Despite the idiotic approach of the UN with its useless sanctions, which I believe is nothing more than a political move to stave off criticism of their failure to do anything positive. The answer must be, ‘boots on the ground‘ to coin an American phrase.

Boots On The Ground - The Only Way!

Boots On The Ground – The Only Way!

The only way to stamp out this terror group is to have a large international force sweep the area and kill every terrorist they come across. It will be imperative to have the cooperation of surrounding countries like Niger, Chad and Cameroon to make sure they cannot escape over the border to another country like the Taliban do in Pakistan. With one large-scale multinational military action we can rid the world of this group.

Until now the countries of the world have been no more than nibbling at the edges of this type of problem and it is not going away. The Joint American and British actions in Afghanistan are ample evidence of this, for after all these years the Taliban is still as strong as ever.

Insurgents In Africa

Insurgents In Africa

Decisive multinational action in every country that houses Muslim terrorists is the only answer. Unless they are roundly beaten, and the Muslim world learns that the free world will not stand for this type of action, the problems will persist forever, for it is clear their one aim is Muslim domination of the world.

May your wife never have to wear a burka!

Roy.

North Korea and Iran – The Sanctions Farce

Posted in Al Quada, America, Iran, Israel, North Korea, Nuclear Proliferation, Nuclear Weapons, Terrorism, UK, United Nations, USA with tags , , on 15/02/2013 by floroy1942

Both North Korea and Iran have upset the international community for years with their unending attempts to produce nuclear weapons, and it seems all the UN can do is impose sanctions against them. It is all very complicated, but in a nutshell, these mainly include banning weapons sales to North Korea and Iran, stopping aircraft or ships on the high seas bound for either country that is suspected of carrying military equipment or weapons, and preventing the travel of any person associated with the arms trade in these countries. The laughable thing about these sanctions is that the UN cannot really enforce any of them, and all countries are not given real power to do so but must do it on their own initiative!

North Korea Missile Test

North Korea Missile Test

In each case, the UN roundly condemns their actions and is demanding that both countries return to the negotiating table, refrain from further research and tests, and basically, cease all ‘provocative’ action related to nuclear weapons. Both countries take no notice of this at all. This is viewed by many as nothing more than a slap on the wrist, for the UN seems totally incapable of taking any concertive action in this matter.

Many countries have taken unilateral action against both nations, for example, apart from the weapons bans in place, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, Israel, Switzerland, the EU and the United States have all put restrictions on the travel of business people in the country associated with that countries nuclear programme. Some countries have put an economic freeze in place by blocking, in the case of Iran for example, the foreign activities of the Bank of Iran and a ban on Iranian oil imports.

For obvious reasons this is but a snap-shot of the depth of the sanctions placed on North Korea and Iran, but the most important point is none of them are having any affect. North Korea is still carrying out nuclear tests and long-range missile development, and the only ones suffering are the poor people. In Iran it is almost impossible to buy imported luxury goods and oil revenues are down, but who the hell cares, “we are on the way to becoming a nuclear nation and sanctions will not stop us” they say!

Iran Missile Test

Iran Missile Test

When it comes down to it, both countries want to be able to stand up to ‘Uncle Sam’, and hence the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. What these people fail to realize is that if they returned to peaceful ways they wouldn’t need to, because America among others would not be breathing down their necks every day. All they are doing by pursuing this course is to put world peace in danger.

It has been said often enough that countries like Israel and the USA may well take preventative action against Iran if it persists in its desire to have a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it. In this respect North Korea is a bigger danger because of its huge army, and any provocation could send it hurtling into the South.

The danger from this problem is all around us, but so far no-one has been able to take any meaningful action to stop its escalation, certainly not the UN talking shop.

We could well be on the verge of a new world-wide nuclear arms race, for if North Korea eventually gets  both a nuclear weapon and a viable long-range missile it stands to reason that countries like Japan and South Korea among others will want them too. If Iran reaches its goal, what is to stop many other Middle East states from wanting the same thing for protection?

It would seem to this simple soul that a complete turnaround is required. The UN and all its members should perhaps ask North Korea to sign a proper peace agreement with the South that finally closes the Korean War chapter, in return they would receive full financial and domestic aid to rid the country of its poverty without meddling in its internal political system. If countries could pour billions of dollars into the country and ‘bring it into the 21st century’ it would enrich the lives of every man woman and child, and Kim Jong Un would be immortalised for bringing true prosperity to the nation. Yea! I know, sounds too far-fetched but worth a try?

Iranian Nuclear Sites

Iranian Nuclear Sites

Iran is of course a totally different situation because it is already a prosperous nation, so what could we do for them? Well, for a start we could stop threatening them and give them assurances they will be left in peace to prosper as they wish. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but maybe the first step is to ask them what they want in exchange for the cessation of their nuclear activities. But the one trouble with this prickly nation is its involvement with terrorist organizations such as al Quada and Hezbollah to whom they have long been known to give their backing.

It’s a very difficult situation with currently no end in sight, but one thing is for sure, sanctions are not going to bring these two belligerents to the negotiating table, far from it, it is likely to make them more determined. Perhaps it will take every nation on the planet to line up its guns, tanks and combat aircraft on the borders of these two countries and threaten to invade before they will listen, but the chances of that happening are zero I should imagine. Either way, I hope someone comes up with a sane idea to end the standoff before we all become embroiled in another war the likes of which we have never experienced. Suggestions anyone?

Roy.

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