In 2015 then-President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir — now in prison — said that the fight against jihadist extremism must engage militants on an ideological level, and not solely concentrate on military action against them. He also claimed the CIA, which had backed him until his deposition early this year, (and Israel’s Mossad) were behind the Islamist militant groups Boko Haram and ISIS. If true, what would then have been the motive behind such covert operations?
While one can dismiss this as an unfounded conspiracy theory, if one looks at the history of American presence and intervention in Africa, they are not there to exclusively fight Islamic terrorism. US objectives apparently are to influence and control strategic locations and natural resources including oil reserves. This was confirmed more than eight years ago by the US State Department: In 2007 US State Department advisor Dr. John Peter Pham commented on AFRICOM’s (United States Africa Command) strategic objectives of “protecting access to hydrocarbons and other strategic resources which Africa has in abundance, a task which includes ensuring against the vulnerability of those natural riches and ensuring that no other interested third parties, such as China, India, Japan, or Russia, obtain monopolies or preferential treatment.”
This would not have been the first time the US government, or any other Western nation, has clandestinely sought to manipulate people in a third world country, such Nigeria in order to exploit their natural resources. In 1974, in what was the NSSM-200 (also known as the Kissinger Report — now declassified) the US National Security Council under then-US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger falsely claimed that population growth in the so-called Lesser Developed Countries — thirteen nations including Nigeria — was a grave threat to American national security. In what was none other than a food genocide program, Kissinger, in order to confront his alleged threat, proposed to implement birth control and related population-reduction programs. Another measure was curtailing food supplies to targeted states, in part to force compliance with birth control policies. Mark P. Fancher of the Global Research Center holds that the continues to be a hypocrisy and “imperialist arrogance” of western countries, which “notwithstanding the universal condemnation of colonialism,” are evermore willing “to publicly declare (without apologies) their plans to expand and coordinate their military presence in Africa.”
The war against Boko Haram is reminiscent of the failed Kony 2012 propaganda cloaked in humanitarian ideals — from 1986-2009 in northern Uganda, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army kidnapped tens of thousands of children and youth for use as soldiers and sex slaves, while displacing more than a million people into camps. Fancher argues that US-led military campaigns are used as a smoke screen to avoid addressing the issue of the victims of the war on terror and the real causes of terrorism in order to justify another military invasion. It is true that Boko Haram makes victims, however the goal of Western intervention in Africa is not to come to their rescue, just as the CIA operations in Afghanistan in the 1970s and 1980s; the goal was the commerce of opium.
Boko Haram is based in northeast Nigeria where the largest economy in Africa is to be found. Nigeria is the largest oil producer of the continent with 3.4% of the world’s reserves of crude oil. In May 2014 African Renaissance News published an in-depth report on Boko Haram, wondering whether it could be another CIA covert operation to take control of Nigeria. It claimed that the greatest prize for AFRICOM and its goal to plant a Pax Americana in Africa would occur when it succeeds in the most strategic African country, Nigeria. This is where the raging issue of Boko Haram and the widely reported prediction by the United States Intelligence Council on the disintegration of Nigeria by 2015 comes into perspective.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s Nigeria assisted several African countries in clear opposition and defiance to the interests of the US and its western allies which resulted in a setback for Western initiatives in Africa at the time. Nigeria exerted its influence in the region through the leadership of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), an army consisting of soldiers from various African countries and set up by the Economic Community of West African States and which intervened in the Liberian civil war in the 1990’s.
The Western powers, first and foremost the US, are obviously not willing to let Africans have a multinational army in which they have no leading role. The Africa Crisis Response Initiative — a US Defense Department that supported a training initiative intended to enhance the capacity of selected African militaries to respond effectively to peacekeeping or humanitarian relief operations on the continent — which later became AFRICOM, was formed in 2000 to contain Nigeria’s influence and counter ECOMOG, thus avoiding the emergence of an African military force led by Africans.
According to Wikileaks reports, the US embassy in Nigeria has served as an operating base for wide and far reaching acts of subversion against Nigeria which include but are not limited to eavesdropping on Nigerian government communication, financial espionage on leading Nigerians, support and funding of subversive groups and insurgents, sponsoring of divisive propaganda among the disparate groups of Nigeria and the use of visa blackmail to induce and coerce high ranking Nigerians into acting in favor of US interests.
Reports also indicate that some Nigerian commanders may be involved in fueling the insurgency. According to the report, a Nigerian soldier in Borno state confirmed that Boko Haram attacked Gamboru Ngala in their presence but their commander asked them not to repel the attack. The soldier told BBC Hausa Service that choppers hovered in the air while the attacks were ongoing. Three hundred people were killed, houses and a market burnt while soldiers watched and were ordered not to render assistance to those being attacked. The soldier said that the Boko Haram insurgency will end when superior officers in the army cease to fuel it. At the abductions of Chibok girls in 2014, one soldier in an interview told Sahara Reporters, “…we were ordered to arrest vehicles carrying the girls but just as we started the mission, another order was issued that we should pull back. I can assure you, nobody gave us any directives to look for anybody.”
Despite such reports, the mainstream media will once again try to convince us that what the world needs most at the moment is to get rid of the terrorist group Boko Haram and that a military intervention is the only solution, even though the so-called war on terror has actually increased terrorism globally. As Washington’s Blog pointed out in 2013, “global terrorism had been falling from 1992 until 2004… but has been skyrocketing since 2004.”
What the mainstream media fails to mention is that groups, including Boko Haram and the Islamic State, have been, in one way or another, armed, trained and financed, just as the Mujahideen, the forefathers of al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan, by the US and allies like the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. Thanks to the covert support of Western countries, arms dealers and bankers profiting from killing and destruction, the war on terror is alive and well. The West advocates for endless military interventions, pretending to ignore the real causes of terrorism and the reason why it expands, hiding its role in it and thereby clearly showing its real intent: fuelling terrorism to destabilize and destroy nations, thus justifying military invasion and achieving their conquest of the African continent’s richest lands under the pretext of saving the world from terror.
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