No Big Deal, Just Some People in Africa, Right?
by Gadi Adelman, Monday, 19 April 2010
Christians are killed by the hundreds for no reason other than they are Christian. Where is the world outcry and at what point will someone we know be next?
It’s a shame that people in this country don’t believe those of us who warn about creeping Sharia and Islam. To a certain extent, it’s understandable, especially when the media just ignore not only global massacres but the obvious happening right here in our own back yard. There is enough blame to go around. I mean, we have such important things to concern ourselves with here; health care reform, unemployment, the price of gas and let’s not forget the Toyota recalls that seem to be never-ending.
Would it make the headlines if over a thousand Christians had been killed in, say, a South Carolina town for no other reason than they are simply Christian? Well, per capita, that is exactly what is happening in Nigeria. Funny how, when I do see a story on it, it is usually buried somewhere inside the paper or it’s just a small 30-second story on the television news.
The stories are horrifying, the pictures are stomach wrenching – men, women and babies, yes, babies being hacked into pieces by machetes.
The BBC reported on it back in March, “Hundreds of people, including many women and children, were killed in ethnic violence near the city of Jos in Nigeria at the weekend, officials say. They said villages had been attacked by men with machetes who came from nearby hills. Many of the dead in the villages of Zot and Dogo-Nahawa are reported to be women and children.”
The report continued, “Mark Lipdo, from the Christian charity Stefanos Foundation, said Zot village had been almost wiped out.”
He said: "We saw mainly those who are helpless, like small children and then the older men, who cannot run, these were the ones that were slaughtered."
A resident of Dogo-Nahawa said that the attackers had fired guns as they entered the village before dawn on Sunday in defiance of a curfew.
“The shooting was just meant to bring people from their houses and then when people came out they started cutting them with machetes," Peter Jang told Reuters news agency.
Some witnesses said villagers were caught in fishing nets and animal traps as they tried to escape and were then hacked to death. Mud huts were also set on fire.”
The reason I bring this up now, again in April, is because mass graves of people are still being found and I still hear little or nothing about this. When do we as Americans, as people, as human beings start to look around us and say ENOUGH!
Bishop Andersen Bok, national coordinator of the Plateau State Elders Christian Fellowship, along with group Secretary General Musa Pam, described the attack as yet another "jihad and provocation on Christians."
"Dogo Nahawa is a Christian community," the Christian leaders said in a statement. "Eyewitnesses say the Hausa Fulani Muslim militants were chanting ‘Allah Akbar,’ broke into houses, cutting human beings, including children and women with their knives and cutlasses."
Well, there you have it yet again. “Allah Akbar.” It seems to be a recurring theme and I for one am sick of it. I am tired of writing week after week and month after month, but not many Americans seem to be moved by the catastrophe around us. Do we need another worldwide holocaust to occur before we stop worrying about our petty problems and wake up? What happened to the caring, concerned America I remember? I see commercials on television that $10.00 can buy a net in Africa to save a child from malaria, yet those same nets are being used as traps to catch women and children like animals so they can be slaughtered and cut into pieces and burned…and for what? Because they are not Muslim?
How is it that Toyota has more of an impact on the news than innocent people being slaughtered merely because their religious belief is Christianity? What the hell is wrong with us that we just sit idly by when this is happening and the media decides it just isn’t newsworthy?
The AP had reported about it, but I saw it on the internet via the Baptist Press, not in any paper; “On March 5, Abel Damina, the national youth president of the PFN, expressed concern over cases of clandestine killings of Christians in remote parts of Plateau state by Islamic extremists and called on the federal government to retrieve sophisticated weapons in their possession.”
"Even as I speak to you now, I am receiving reports that some clandestine killings are still going on in the remote areas of Plateau State by the fundamentalists," Damina was quoted as saying. "They pounce on Christians and kill them without anybody knowing much of their identity except that they are Christians."
He added that recently he visited the governor in Jos regarding the crisis and secured photos of Christian victims.
"Young men, Christians, were going to their farms to harvest their produce and the fundamentalists pounced on them," Damina said. "They were called infidels. At the last conference, we received reports with photographs of the fundamentalists using AK-47 rifles to destroy our churches. Where did they get the arms from? We have reports of truckloads of arms that had been intercepted, and we did not hear anything about them."
You can sit back and worry about your own little world and assume that this doesn’t affect you and, when it eventually hits closer to home and you start to worry, it will be too late; or you can arm yourself with education and information. You can read my articles where, in each and every one, I have written about this very subject. You can go to dozens of sites and join groups like ACT for America, Stop the Islamization Of Europe (SIOE), Jihad Watch, Muslims Against Sharia just to name a few. You can go to my website, gadiadelman.com for links to many informative sites and videos.
It is, after all, only Africa and a few hundred people, so perhaps it isn’t all that important. Maybe going out to dinner would be more fun?
The choice is yours.
Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He is currently writing his first book, “Terrorism; Understanding the Threat”. He can be reached through his website http://gadiadelman.com