Soccer is touted as the world’s favorite sport. It also appears soccer provides a venue for Islamic terrorists. Yes, yes, y’all think I’m an Islamophobe. (However, you might be interested to know phobe is a derivative of phobia from the root Greek word phobos who was the mythical god of the fear of the unknown. I actually do know who the enemy is and certainly do not fear them — so find a new descriptive word). But back to the story…
The Associated Press reports that an explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a “terror kingpin” among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country. At least 26 people were wounded in Tuesday night’s blast as soccer fans were viewing the Brazil-Mexico match in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, police said.
I know, you’re probably asking, what is illegal about a World Cup viewing site? Well, the answer will shock you. Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan said such viewing sites were banned in Yobe state two months ago because they have become a target of Boko Haram, those nice chaps who want to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, but he blamed Boko Haram.
So the people in Nigeria have become so terrorized the police have made it illegal to gather and watch the world’s favorite sport? Imagine if Islamic terrorists attacked college football venues and the U.S. government made it illegal to attend college football games — well, that may work at Ivy League schools but it darn sure wouldn’t happen in SEC football country!
Security experts have warned that Islamic militants might attack crowds watching the World Cup in public places in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, as they did in 2010 in Uganda. The explosions in Kampala, Uganda, at two sites where people watched the 2010 World Cup final on TV killed 74 people. Al-Shabab, a Somali insurgent group, set off those bombs.
And as we watch ISIS Islamic terrorists threaten the oil industry in Iraq, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to attack targets in the Niger Delta which produces much of the oil that makes Nigeria Africa’s largest petroleum producer.
Associated Press says until this year, Boko Haram attacks were almost exclusively limited to northern Nigeria and concentrated in the northeast. This year, attacks blamed on the (Islamic terrorists) have spread to at least four central states and have increased in frequency and deadliness. More than 2,000 people have been killed this year, compared to some 3,600 in the four previous years. There are fears the insurgency could spread to neighboring countries where Boko Haram is known to have bases.
Islamophobe? If so, we should refer to Sir Winston Churchill as a “Naziphobe.” When Chamberlain was kissing Hitler’s arse, Churchill was warning them — and ended up delivering this rousing address. Listen here if you have the courage.