Former Secretary of State complicit in terror group’s expansion
While Hillary Clinton has been vocal in drawing attention to the plight of 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, she was in fact complicit in aiding the militant group in a number of different ways, including delaying the designation of the outfit as a terrorist organization, arming its allies in Africa and ignoring the slaughter of hundreds of Christians when she was Secretary of State.
Clinton reacted to the news that 200 schoolgirls had been kidnapped by Boko Haram this week by blaming the Nigerian government. Clinton also took part in the viral #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign that was similarly backed by Michelle Obama.
However, when Clinton was warned in 2012 that the group had been responsible for slaughtering hundreds of Christians as part of a brutal attempt to Islamize Nigeria and obliterate Christianity, she did nothing and the State Department refused to add the group to a list of terrorist organizations despite massive pressure from Congress, the CIA and the FBI.
During Clinton’s visit to Nigeria in August 2012, she was addressed in an open letter by Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of the Christian Association Of Nigeria. Oritsejafor is a prominent figure in Nigeria and testified in the U.S. at a congressional hearing in July 2012.
In his letter, Oritsejafor notes that the State Department, headed at the time by Clinton, resorted to “distortions, omissions and in some cases clearly misrepresent(ed) facts on the ground” in Nigeria in 2011 during a time when 700 churches were destroyed and hundreds of Christians were massacred by Boko Haram terrorists, representing the “largest single attack on Christendom in contemporary world history anywhere on the planet”.
Clinton’s State Department completely omitted these attacks from its 2011 report, which erroneously claimed that more Muslims than Christians died in the attacks. As Oritsejafor points out, 88.3% of the attacks targeted Christians, while just 2.9% were attacks on Muslims.
A potential motive for the State Department turning a blind eye to Boko Haram’s wave of terror in 2011 is the fact that the Obama administration was simultaneously arming and supporting the very Al-Qaeda groups allied with Boko Haram in Africa.
Last year, the Bipartisan Policy Center noted that Al-Qaeda groups were enjoying a “revival” as a result of their presence in Libya and Syria, partly thanks to western support for extremists fighting against both Colonel Gaddafi and President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime.
One of these Al-Qaeda groups, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which later appeared in Syria, was armed and supported by the U.S. government during the assault on Libya and the overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi, whom Hillary Clinton infamously referred to with her crass remark, “We came, we saw, he died”.
LIFG and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are both close allies of Boko Haram and have provided the terrorist group with weapons (undoubtedly by way of the U.S. government).
As Nile Bowie writes, “It remains highly documented that members of Al-Qaeda (AQIM) and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who fought among the Libyan rebels directly received arms and logistical support from NATO bloc countries during the Libyan conflict in 2011″.
This means that Boko Haram was one of the Al-Qaeda groups in Africa to have hugely benefited from the U.S. government’s role in overthrowing Gaddafi, which was vehemently supported by Hillary Clinton. Boko Haram also receives arms directly from Saudi Arabia, one of the United States’ biggest allies.
The Obama administration’s proxy support for Boko Haram was almost certainly one of the reasons why Clinton’s State Department failed to include the group on a list of terrorist organizations for years despite overwhelming pressure and clear evidence that the group had carried out atrocities.
As the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin reports, What Clinton didn’t mention in her heartfelt response to the kidnapping of the schoolgirls, “was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen senators and congressmen.”
Given that the Obama administration’s policy since 2011 has been to aid and not apprehend the growth of Al-Qaeda groups in Africa as a method of achieving regime change in Libya and Syria, a policy that led to the Benghazi attack and its subsequent cover-up, Hillary Clinton’s crocodile tears for the 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram represent little more than an insult to the victims of a group which her own State Department helped to protect.