West says to Islamic Militants: “It’s OK to to kill – if you kill Muslims”

If actions speak louder than words, then the title of this post is correct. While 16 French victims stopped the presses and were the topic of every news program in the western world this week, in Nigeria a multi-day attack by the terrorist group Boko Haram left an estimated 2,000 dead. Did you see that on the news? No? Surprising. Boko Haram is muslim terrorist group who feel that many muslim don’t live an oppressed enough lifestyle and are determined to ramp it up.

Nothern Nigeria is largely muslim and, while the south is primarily Christian and seemingly a better target for muslims according to western beliefs, the terrorists chose to attack their own people. This is in addition to the hundreds of children kidnapped (and according to reports, forced to march miles through the desert, killing and eating their friends) by the group last year. That story did make headlines, but because they are children. Apparently mixing children with adults renders the story uninteresting.

These would be major stories if the victims lived somewhere other than Africa or if muslim-on-muslim violence was unusual. Of course, it’s not.

Most western news media will carry the story – after the killing has stopped. While news about the Hutu vs Tutsi massacre of 1993 did eventually leak through in our one hour (split between 6pm and 11pm in half-hour, easily digestible or ignored feedings) of ‘news’ featured per day. However, once the killing had stopped – 100 days (you know, 3.3 months) later, we all saw the shocking statistics and images: 800,000 killed. In 100 days. For months, young men went to bed, slept in their houses, then got up in the morning, had breakfast and beer, grabbed their machetes and went out to kill their neighbors. If they slacked off or let people go, their comrades in arms yelled “DO YOUR WORK!” like a McDonalds manager over his fry cooks. For more than three months, the radio extolled the killers to ‘kill the cockroaches’ and their supporters. And at the nearly unfathomable rate of 8000 a day, they did.

Yet there was surprisingly little coverage outside of the countries directly affected. Fleeing refugees swarmed out of Rwanda’s killing fields into the surrounding countries. Those radio stations carried the news. American stations – not so much.

When they did, after the massacre slowed to a trickle, they did it in a head-scratching way. Why did this happen? Even a cursory examination of Rwandan history would show it’s been happening for quite a long time and the numbers are far from unique to this particular session.

Of course, the same is true when considering the Congo, where it is estimated some ten million died. True of how many South American countries?

Some of these news outages are because the audience is not truly interested. There are other reasons. In Africa, many of the ongoing wars are because the western powers carved up the continent (where the millions of residents had already established their own divisions) according to their whims and needs. They told Africans that, instead of the tribes they’d belonged to for generations, they now had new lines – and handpicked leaders. Since many of the tribes were longstanding enemies, this has not gone over well. Western media might exclude these reports since the west is largely responsible for their origins.

Some, like many in South America, are not reported because we had a more, say, active role in the incidents. We supported the regime instead of just creating it. Or some of our guys were behind the triggers.

The rest could be that the land is too far away, the conflict too old and complicated and the people doing the killing and dying just too unfamiliar for some bleach blonde in high heels reading from a teleprompter to explain in 90 seconds. Besides, it really doesn’t affect the audience anyway, right?

The title here should be: West says to anyone not in the west “It’s ok to kill so long as you don’t kill westerners”.

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~ by Mad Prophet on January 11, 2015.

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