Scores Die in Nigerian Fighting
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  • WigWag

    Should the United States refrain from taking sides in the worldwide strife going on between Christians and Muslims especially in the developing world?

    Given the extraordinarily unlikely prospects for the United States to successfully mediate this dispute and given the unlikely prospects for reconciliation between the combatants any time soon, should the U.S. pick a side and support it with military and other resources or should we remain neutral.

    What is the ethical thing to do? What policy most promotes American interests?

    No doubt Professor Mead and others around AI Blog World have thought deeply about this. Their views on the subject would be most interesting.

  • Bart Hall (Kansas, USA)

    Do not overlook the Hausa, especially in the Kano region, and the Igbo (southeast). This is a nasty dynamic, but the chief underlying factor is the vicious militancy of Islam, one particularly horrible manifestation of which in Nigeria is ‘Boko Haram’ meaning ‘westernization’ is ‘prohibited’ for Muslims.

    That’s why more books are translated into Spanish in any given year than have been translated into Arabic in the last THOUSAND years. #FAILED CULTURE.

  • Prescient article well-stated. Of course smugly secular-minded governments and NGOs are inclined to downplay the role of global religion in local disputes. Exactly the sort of cluelessly blind eye one would expect, and one that may prove, in retrospect, to have helped accelerate the politico-militarization of “hot” (culture-hostile YET often business-friendly) religion in many parts of Asia and Africa. “Communal” for now; God help us when it becomes something more.

  • Jim.

    There are fighters coming out of Libya now… is that better or worse than when Gadfly just paid out cash for them to fight for themselves?

    How about Saudi money? Is there any evidence of that?

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