Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bash Boko Haram on Twitter -- Then What?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bash Boko Haram on Twitter -- Then What?

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The kidnapping of 276 girls from a remote Nigerian village last month by the jihadist group Boko Haram is tailor-made for social media -- but I hope it doesn't stop there.

Like thousands of Twitter users, I retweeted the image of first lady Michelle Obama holding a "#Bring Back Our Girls" sign. Mrs. Obama's enthusiasm for this movement is understandable. Her daughters are the same age as the girls who were taken from their beds at school in the middle of the night and marched into the jungle because they dared to get an education.

It is intolerable that young, bright girls who were once full of ordinary anxieties about final exams are now at the mercy of brutal and illiterate men who don't believe they have a right to an education.

The fact that the girls were scheduled to take their finals at the Christian school they were spirited from is only one of many inciting outrages for the militants.

Their perverse interpretation of Islam teaches that Western education, a vestige of British colonialism, is forbidden by Islamic law and that women and girls should either to be pressed into service as obedient wives or reduced to chattel labor. The rough translation of the insurgency's name is "Western education is forbidden by Islamic law."

Even young boys aren't safe from the cult. Boko Haram recently burned 60 school boys to death for daring to get an education. They want to take over Nigeria and force everyone in that very modern state to submit to its nihilistic interpretation of Shariah law.

The militants are largely illiterate and subservient to the religious frauds who have somehow convinced them that 14th-century practices should have a place of honor in the modern world. Their numbers are too tiny to prevail, but they're determined to make life as miserable as possible for ordinary Nigerians in the meantime.

Earlier this week, one of the leaders of Boko Haram made a video taunting the Nigerian government about its inability to track them down. The smug imam boasted of forcing many underage girls into marriages with their captors as if that was some kind of moral victory.

The militant also indicated that many of the young girls who dreamed of becoming Nigeria's future doctors and lawyers have been sold across the country's porous borders. …

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