Update: See below.
Many of you will recall a somewhat unexpected turn of events two months ago when Commander-in-Chief Obama announced he was sending US troops to sub-Saharan Africa to assist in throttling the leaders of a movement there called the Lord’s Resistance Army. Don’t know about you all, but we had never heard of this group, and we haven’t heard anything about it since. According to reports at the time, Obama’s gambit was an assistance effort for regional regimes and didn’t signify any big US involvement there, but many of us shook our heads wondering what this thing was all about.
Of course, it was about this time that the retreat from Iraq had been announced and everyone was analyzing that, plus being titillated by the foibles of the Republican presidential aspirants. But at least one observer, Rush Limbaugh, attempted to focus at least a little bit of attention on it.
Now, we do not claim to be experts on this, or to have any keen insights as to what is going on in Africa, but for the moment, compare and contrast the description of the Lord’s Resistance Movement by CNN in the above link:
What is the Lord’s Resistance Army?
According to the State Department, “since 2008 alone, the LRA has killed more than 2,400 people and abducted more than 3,400. The United Nations estimates that over 380,000 people are displaced across the region because of LRA activity.”
Obama said the United States since 2008 has backed regional military efforts to go after the Lord’s Resistance Army. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said that since that time the United States has provided more than $40 million in support
most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.
CNN asks the question “What is the Lord’s Resistance Army?” and then comically doesn’t answer it, just recites a list of atrocities the LRA is alleged to have committed. We have to turn to Limbaugh, an admitted entertainer and commentator, to find out who the LRA is. Now, the reader can Google the LRA and find support for Limbaugh’s contention that the LRA is a Christian-oriented group and is fighting Muslims, but we’ll leave that up to you. The point is that the MainStreamMedia, as represented by CNN, portrayed the group as engaged in kidnapping and other unsavory things in whatever turmoil is going on over there. There was zero reference to any ties to Christianity, so either the powers that be, from Obama on down, didn’t want anyone making the connection that US forces were being used to assist in eradicating a threat of some sort by a self-proclaimed Christian-oriented faction, or it was irrelevant and Obama was just doing his duty as policeman of Central Africa.
Fast forward to yesterday in Nigeria. As reported by the LA Times, Reuters and others, Islamic extremists massacred 39 people , apparently mostly Christians. As we go to post this evening, we are waiting with bated breath the announcement from Hawaii, where the Commander-in-Chief is currently frolicking in the surf and on the golf course, that the US is sending forces to Nigeria to aid in tracking down and killing the “Islamic extremists”, as a few in the mainstream media are at long last beginning to call those who are pushing to dominate the world with their dreams of ‘caliphate’.
Are we hoping against hope that the Christians in Nigeria will be saved from the fate that the Coptic Christians in Egypt are experiencing as a result of Obama’s beloved “Arab spring”? Probably. As far as we know, until CNN or some other credible (yes, we jest) media organization legitimately refutes Rush Limbaugh, our (Obama’s) forces are themselves busy helping to kill Christians in the Congo, Uganda and Sudan. And the forces recently having retreated from Iraq and soon to retreat from Afghanistan are being sent home to be discharged and further swell the US unemployment rolls.
Well, perhaps it’s time. We have been fighting the Global War On Terror for ten years now, mostly on our own, since many of the civilized nations we call ‘allies’ don’t have much in the way of military assets and anyway aren’t much inclined to send them abroad merely to fight evil. Maybe we should just withdraw to the relative security of the Continental United States and let events unfold in the world as they may. After all, we are safely ensconced within secure borders and …..oh….wait…..
UPDATE: At least one Presidential candidate can walk and chew gum at the same time as campaigning in Iowa –
Posted on December 26th, 2011
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement condemning the terrorist attacks on Christian churches in Nigeria on Christmas Day:
“These attacks are designed to strike at the foundation of a civil society by massacring innocent civilians at worship. These savage acts are part of a disturbing trend of attacks on Christians extending from Nigeria to Egypt to Iraq. Americans should not be afraid to express solidarity with these Christian communities, and to recognize their persecution for the evil that it is.
“The United States should stand with our allies to support the Nigerian government in the aftermath of the attacks. The terrorist activities of Boko Haram are particularly worrisome for the United States because of the organization’s affiliation with Al Qaeda. Through this connection, Boko Haram may eventually threaten not only the people of Nigeria who wish to live free under the democratic rule of law, but also free peoples everywhere. Even after the death of Osama bin Laden we must remain vigilant about the danger Al Qaeda-related networks pose to us, and fashion our policy in Africa accordingly.”