“The militants arrived in Toyota Hilux pickup trucks — commonly used by the military — and told the civilians they were soldiers ‘and we are here to protect you all,’ the same tactic used by the group when they kidnapped more than 300 girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 15,” foxnews.com reports. “After people gathered in the center on the orders of the militants, ‘they begin to shout ‘Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar’ on top of their voices, then they begin to fire at the people continuously for a very long time until all that gathered were all dead.'” Is this story on cnn.com‘s home page? As of this writing . . .
no. cbs.com? Nope. Etc. And yet, when the First Lady makes doe-eyes at the camera with a hashtag plea to return “our girls,” the Obama administration’s media cheer leaders are all over it. Hundreds of innocent people massacred? Not one word. Interestingly, on today’s New York Times front page we learn that . . .
The State Department is financing a new 24-hour satellite television channel in the turbulent northern region of Nigeria that American officials say is crucial to countering the extremism of radical groups such as Boko Haram. The move signals a ramping up of American counterinsurgency efforts to directly challenge the terrorist group, which abducted nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls in April.
State Department officials acknowledged that setting up an American-supported channel could prove challenging in a region where massacres, bombings and shootings by Boko Haram are common, and where the American government and Western educational programs are far from popular. The group has been known to attack media organizations in Nigeria.
The new television channel, to be called Arewa24 — arewa means north in the Hausa language — is financed by the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, and it is expected to cost about $6 million. State Department officials would discuss the program only on the condition of anonymity, and offered sparse information about it. But details have emerged in publicly available contracting documents and in interviews with people familiar with the effort.
So, Nigerians are getting mowed down by terrorists armed with automatic rifles and the U.S. State Department is spending $6m (and the rest) to start a TV channel showing what? The A-Team? How about spending $6m to provide semi-automatic rifles to disarmed villagers so they can shoot the terrorists shooting them?
As I said before, that would create a shift in political power and our allies – the Nigerian government – wouldn’t stand for that. And we stand for our allies – not for the natural right for all people to armed self-defense. Real politik, moral bankruptcy or both. We report, you decide.