Africa's God Wars
Islamist, Government Violence in Nigeria Escalates
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  • gabrielsyme

    Aside from the failure of the Nigerian army to effectively combat the terrorists, I wonder if the understandable failure of Nigeria to advance a religious agenda is also contrary to the long-term peace of the region.

    On internet boards, one still occasionally sees the idea that we ought to conquer the muslims and convert them to Christianity. While rejecting forcible conversion, however, there is a good case to be made that publically arguing that citizens should disavow violence and terror by converting to Christianity. Such overtures should have the effect of clarifying the religious landscape – as a counter-argument, some muslim preachers and communities will clearly reject violence and terrorism; those that do not can be more clearly targeted for surveillance and infiltration. If missionary efforts begin to be effective, we can expect the muslim moderates to be strengthened – violence and terror will be seen as things that weaken Islam.

    We have become aware of the need for public relations in counter-insurgency and terrorism settings; yet we have barely engaged in the most important aspect of public relations in such settings- religion.

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