Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Suspected Muslim militants armed with guns and bows and arrows killed at least 48 people in an attack on a farming village in central Nigeria. Most of the victims died as they sought refuge in a church, police said Wednesday.
Apparently Islam doesn't recognize the right of sanctuary.
Nigeria is a particularly sad case. In the Islamic provinces here, they whip the rape victims. The Western media and the fashionable Left ignore the attrocities committed in the name of Islam here, because there is no plausible basis for blaming it on the Jews in general, Israel in particular, American imperialism, or any other politically correct etiology:
For decades, the majority Christian inhabitants of Plateau and the minority Muslim population - mostly Hausa and Fulani tribespeople with origins farther north - had lived in harmony.
But tensions between the two communities heightened in the past four years as 12 majority Muslim states in the north adopted the strict Sharia, or Islamic, legal codes, perceived by Christians as an expansionist threat.
Since 1999, ethnic and religious violence has killed more than 10,000 people in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.
If it takes fifty years or a hundred, this brutal, violent, fascist brand of Islamism must be stopped.