Terrorism: If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.

Filed in Current affairs, Religion, Strange stuff by on December 26, 2009 0 Comments

A Nigerian man, claiming to be linked to Al-Qaeda, allegedly tried to set off an incendiary device aboard a transatlantic airplane Friday as it descended toward a Detroit airport, reminding us that the threat of terrorism can come from an unexpected direction.

At this point, it is difficult to say if  Mr Abdul mutallab — whose name appears to be included in the government’s records of terrorism suspects — is an Al-Qaeda member or a lone sympathizer. It is a wake-up call for the US and its allies. Many people forget that Nigeria has over 70 million Muslims on its soil, and that right after 9/11, many baby boys born in the Muslim regions of Nigeria were named “Ossama”.

Blind fanaticism is a very dangerous thing. While all the attention is focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, the danger can come from a country such as Nigeria, where poverty and corruption can put its youth at the mercy of Al-Qaeda extremists. It is known that airports in developing countries are sieves — Westerners should not make assumptions that the screening procedures in those countries are followed properly. 9/11 has changed the world; the US and its allies must adapt to the new reality. As the Hausa of Niger say, “If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.”

Muslim prayer in Nigeria

Tags: , , , , , , ,