In the wee hours of Sunday, July 3rd a
little after midnight as Muslims gathered to eat and shop at the Madi mega
mall, a terror refrigerator truck detonated at the premises killing over
200 innocent victims, mostly women and children. It was the deadliest terror
attack to hit the city since 2009, and the deadliest single attack worldwide
since Nigeria's Dalori massacre of February 2016 (200
killed) and the Nigerian Baga and Doro Gowon Boko Haram attacks of January
Claiming responsibility, Daesh (ISIS)
alleged that the suicide bomber targeted
a crowd of Shia Muslims.
A globally "unnoticed"
Nigerian army coordinated massacre of as many as 1000 protesting Muslims,
mostly Shia of the Islamic movement in Nigeria's Zaria city last December, with
a mass grave admitted by the State government to contain at least 350
bodies, while falling into the category of recent most deadly
massacres may perhaps be regarded a bit different, being conducted by
While Nigeria appears to share a lot in
common with Iraq as far as record-setting radical terror attacks and mega
massacres goes, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari as at Tuesday
(morning), two days after the attacks is yet to issue a public statement
condemning the Baghdad dastardly terror attacks.
Uncharacteristic of Buhari
A day after a terror attack killed
nearly 50 victims at an Orlando nightclub, Nigeria's President issued a
strong statement condemning
Turkey: “We condemn in the strongest
terms these criminal, cowardly attacks, wherever they might occur as an attack
on all decent, democratic and peaceful people," Buhari said in a letter he
wrote to his Turkish counterpart, Thursday last week, after the June 28th
airport terror attack that claimed 41 innocent lives.
The Nigerian President has been
prompt in condemning recent terror attacks across the western world from France
to Belgium, and also did so when terrorist struck West Africa's Cote
D’ivoire nation, when he called
the president on the Monday after, to deliver his condolence and
While we jettison querying sectarianism
and confidently expect a sentimental condemnation of the Madi mall terror
attacks from the Nigerian leader, it is observed that the current delay in
condemning the Baghdad most deadly and horrendous attacks is rather
Missing Global Solidarity
While the White House issued a generic
statement condemning the Baghdad attack, there was no sombre statement
by US president Barrack Hussein Obama. This was a sharp contrast to the phone
call the US president placed to Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday,
a day after the terror attack on the Istanbul airport where the
US president said, "we stand with the people of Turkey."
US policies from the Bush through the
Obama-Clinton administration are blamed for the deadly spate of Daesh takfiri terror
devastating Iraq and emanating from the ravaged nation and Levant epicenter
across the entire world.
Unlike most recent terror attacks
affecting the western world, the recent attacks across the Middle East
especially the Baghdad attacks–of monumental proportions–have remarkably failed
to garner the usual global solidarity. There is no "I am Baghdad."
Buildings are not being lit up and world leaders are making
scant statements if any.
Do All Lives Matter?
One cannot honestly avoid asking if all
lives matter. Apparently some humans are more valuable than others with Whites
(Westerners) and Sunni (Sunni are majority of Muslims) lives being of
"more value" than other lives.
An observer cannot avoid
questioning a sectarian intonation to the global response to terror.
While a recent report by
Terrorism Index, indicts just 4 Sunni terror groups (Taliban, al-Qaeda,
Daesh and Boko Haram) as having killed 17,958 people, a whopping 66% of
all terror killings in 2013 across five nations, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan,
Nigeria and Syria, there is an obvious partiality in the global response to terror
based not necessarily on perpetrators but on victims. There is silence when its
Blacks and silence when it is Shia Muslims. This is a hard fact. The world
first asks, "who got killed?," before it responds.
A 28-pages US
document being globally campaigned to be declassified, is alleged according to
US Senators and other experts, to hold information that links senior Saudi
officials with 911, the worst terror attack on US soil. Declassified File
17, written based on the 28-page document gives an insight into a link
between Saudi diplomats in the US and the 19 hijackers. An openly
ignored Saudi multi-billion dollar investment in financing sectarian
"Sunni intolerant extremist(takfiri) and Wahhabi" radicalism around
the world is now becoming an increasing focus of
public conversation. But the world seems afraid of confronting the truth
and continues to ignore and victimize the more common victims.
Silence And Partiality Encourages Terror
The global selection of victims to fret
about and silence when it comes to others, can be squarely blamed for
encouraging terror horizons and expanding the boldness of terrorists.
Believing the world does not care and
that certain lives do not matter emboldens terrorists in their acts and aids
their garnering of recruits and donations.
Disparity in the reactions of world
leaders gives a State silent approval to wanton acts of terror. The
condemnation should be blanket. The solidarity with all human and indeed animal
and infrastructure casualties should be uniform.
Not poverty, but institutional
oppression and disadvantagement is the lead cause
of terror. We need to be careful. According to the scientific laws of
Entropy, no amount of money can build what terror can easily destroy. And to
destroy terror, we must be just even if it is against ourselves as the Muslim
Quran says in Chapter
4 verse 135.
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