Stories like this happen all the time, and we can’t begin to note all of them. Still, the murder of 59 boys, either shot or burned to death, deserves mention. Terrorists from Boko Haram–which means “Western education is sinful”–attacked a school in northeast Nigeria. Attacking schools and murdering students is a favorite tactic of Boko Haram, which is trying to force Nigeria to institute Sharia law:
Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils in a boarding school in northeast Nigeria overnight, a hospital official and security forces said on Tuesday. …
“Fresh bodies have been brought in. More bodies were discovered in the bush after the students who had escaped with bullet wounds died from their injuries,” [Bala Ajiya] said.
Rafai, who had given an earlier estimate of 29 killed, said all those killed were boys. He said the school’s 24 buildings, including staff quarters, were completely burned to the ground.
The terrorists spared the girls at the school. They gathered the girls together and told them to “go away and get married and to abandon their education.”
The United States has abandoned Iraq, and President Obama said today that he contemplates having no American troops in Afghanistan after the end of the year. Defense Secretary Hagel announced yesterday that Obama’s new budget, which will be unveiled in early March, will call for a reduction in the U.S. military to its smallest size since 1940. As America continues its retreat from the world, it it not hard to predict what sort of forces will eagerly fill the vacuum.