Comment: Nigeria, the European Revolt and the Pope in Israel

The Destruction of the Turkish Fleet in Chesme Bay - Jacob Philipp Hackert

This week, I will briefly comment on three recent events that caught my attention.

Nigeria & Boko Haram
"U.S. officials have been unusually frank – and unusually public — in their assessment of the competence and effectiveness of the Nigerian military. The officials presented their analysis last Thursday, when they were questioned by lawmakers about whether the Nigerian military was capable of rescuing – or even locating – the more than 260 girls abducted by Boko Haram last month. U.S. military and intelligence officials said that even with international help, the Nigerian military was too corrupt and too incompetent to play a meaningful role in rescuing the girls.
'We’re now looking at a military force that’s, quite frankly, becoming afraid to even engage,' [said] Alice Friend, the Pentagon’s principal director for African affairs" (source: Here)

Probably in response to this comment, the Nigerian military announced last week that it now knows the location of the abducted girls. However, Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh said they wouldn't attempt to rescue them because "We can't kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back," - I wonder about Marshal Badeh's motivations to make such public statements, and ask myself whether somehow these aren't a confirmation of the American assessment about the competence of the Nigerian forces.

There have been reports that "nine serving generals in the Nigerian Army and other senior military officers are now under investigation for their alleged role in the sale of arms to members of the Boko Haram sect." - what an embarrassment, not only to the military but mainly to President Goodluck Jonathan who seeks a re-election next year. As a politician, he is in a conundrum because he either uses those nine generals as examples of swift action against corruption (and risks a military coup) or he does nothing and risks a popular sentence in the 2015 elections.

The European Revolt
The results of the European elections were a clear message that the citizens of the European Union want less Europe in their lives. PM David Cameron (UK) said the EU has become "too big, too bossy, too interfering" and President François Hollande said that the "Europe has to be simple, clear, to be effective where it is needed and to withdraw from where it is not necessary". Are they right? If we look at the fact that only circa 43%  turned out at the polls to cast their vote; if (for instance) we take into consideration that people can't tell apart the European Council from the Council of the European Union; if we recall that during the campaign for the EU elections politicians of individual member states focused on national issues instead of discussing European matters (giving the impression that Europe is merely an entertainment); if we think that people feel that the sovereignty of their countries is under threat and that the EU imposes on them "foreigners"...I'd say, PM Cameron and President Hollande have made a very good point (although they may be merely taking precautionary steps as one may lose ground to the UKIP next year, and another may see the National Front actually pushing the Socialist Party to become the third national party in 2017).

The people have spoken. But is their voice being heard?
The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has declared the following:

"We need a well-functioning and more developed Economic and Monetary Union, while 
preserving the unity of the Union as such. There must also be a strong response to the climate change challenge and a determined push towards an energy union and also a push for lessening energy dependency. Consolidating the area of freedom, security and justice is imperative, building on the progress already made. We have to preserve and develop key freedoms while ensuring security and fighting irregular migration, crime and fraud"

The whole text (available Here) does seem to point towards reform (I particularly enjoyed the suggestion to lessen energy dependency - the US and the EU are starting to be aligned in this subject; I hope they get in synch in other subjects as well and finally form that important Bloc); nevertheless it will be interesting to see how the anti-establishment voices will respond.

The Pope's Prayer at Security Barrier
During his visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis prayed at the security wall (dividing Bethlehem and Jerusalem). The left-leaning media hailed this prayer as "historic" (the leftists' new favourite word) and suggested that the Holy Father was siding with the Arabs in Palestine.
Question: what if Pope Francis was praying to God so that the wall, like that of Berlin's in 1989, would fall and Israel would be finally reunified?


Comments

  1. Boko Haram is likely to become another Afghanistan for the West if they are not careful. Europe will change back to pre EU days bar the free trade. I even predict that the Euro will disappear in the next few years. This Pope rocks. What if? We can always hope.

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    1. Well said about Nigeria and Boko Haram, Rummuser.

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    2. Hi Rummy :D!

      You made a very interesting point concerning Nigeria. Yes, it incurs that risk.
      Going back to pre-EU days of barring free trading is exactly what those who demand a EU reform do not want. They want less Europe but wish to keep the economic benefits of the Union, of course.
      Indeed, we can always hope.

      Rummy, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  2. Dear Readers,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Max will still be absent this week, however upon her return - next week - she will reply to all your comments.

    Best regards

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  3. Hahaha I hope that was the Pope's prayer, now THAT would've been historic hehehe.
    Boko Haram should get the lesson of its life but how when the Nigerian military is corrupt and probably filled with infiltrators? I heard they started to prosecute generals or something like that, it's a first step in the right direction. Europe...Ah Europe, Europe, Europe...it deserves to implode! But at least it blacklisted Boko Haram: so congrats to you, Cristina and Max!

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      lol right?
      That is what President Jonathan says: BH has infiltrated several levels of the Nigerian government. Now it is a question of knowing how he intends to solve that problem without risking a coup.
      You reckon that the EU should implode? It needs to be stirred, that's for sure, but implosion? I wouldn't go that far...

      Why, thank you: it was a job well done ;).

      Ana, thanks for your comment, girl :D.

      Cheers

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  4. The pope supported the Palestinian state, he endorsed it and prayed for the criminal wall to crumble so that Palestinians can be freed! Why would the pope pray for the reunification of Israel? It makes no sense at all!!!
    Boko Haram should release the girls and negotiate with the government to have autonomy over the north of Nigeria! We need peace, we are tired of so much war! Peace Now!

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    1. Peace off! How about that, commie?

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    2. Hi Celia :D!

      Well, I would agree with your assessment if the Arabs of Palestine weren't occupying the land of Israel.
      The Pope would pray for the reunification of Israel because Jesus was Jewish and he walked all over Israel with his apostles. Go figure that the "Arabs of Palestine" didn't even exist back then.
      The Northern Nigeria already has a certain level of autonomy, but the government can't allow it to be a Caliphate as BH wishes for.

      Celia, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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    3. Anonymous, please respect other people's freedom of expression. Thank you.

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  5. I'll tell you what's wrong with the Obama administration: they are a bunch of incompetents. I have seen my share of American hypocrisy when it comes to the Arabs, but this administration is the worst I have ever seen, and to think I supported Obama. Anyway, those idiots at the state department don't know what else to say to delegitimize Israel and so now they choose to believe in Abbas' lies "Oh no, a unity government doesn't mean fatah+hamas, it means unaffiliated technocrats" PLEASE!!

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    1. Hi Carl :D!

      I think there is a profound disconnect between the WH and the State department. The latter is filled with anti-Israel people proven by the things they say - their latest blunder:

      http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/06/08/state-department-official-gives-incorrect-testimony-on-palestinian-payments-to-terrorists/

      Shocking how they don't even bother to conceal it any longer.

      Carl, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  6. Read your comment of the week and I agree that there's something wrong in the Obama administration, WTF? Those guys are nuts. Carl is right.
    Nigeria is a freaking mess and like Rummuser said if the West doesn't watch out, those guys can be the next Pakistan, a nest of terror and mind you: they are much closer to us!

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    1. Hi Adam :D!

      Right? They are much closer and that is why we need to help Nigeria solving the problem *nodding*.
      Adam, thank you so much for your input, man :D

      Cheers

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  7. Let's see what Clinton will have to say about this cause now she is trashing Obama over Syria saying she wanted to arm the rebels but Obama didn't lol. What's next? She will probably say Oh I wanted to tell the Palestinians to go F themselves but Obama didn't let me?

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    1. Hey Anonymous :D!

      I heard. And I don't even know what to say...
      LOL LOL LOL that was actually a good one. But hey, let's see.

      Anon, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  8. Max, thanks again for making another "historic" post!

    The EU should really take a lesson from California on how to deal with this deregulation nonsense. When the electricity market was to be deregulated, the legislature passed a bill that deregulated the prices, but not the supply. When a heat wave hit, the costs skyrocketed and the entire system nearly collapsed. The fault was clearly due to the fact that deregulation wasn't going to work, as the education system, the media, and the politicians all stated. We were then able to revert to the system of corrupt, crony pseudo capitalism which was undoubtedly the only proper moral system that we should have been using.

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      lol you are most welcome *bowing*. I am telling you, the leftists are going nuts with the "Historic" word (they use it all the time now).

      Right? And to think that one of the founding fathers of the EU wanted a simple technocrat economic machine but then politicians over the years transformed the union in a over-regulatory institutions (most probably due to leftist influence). It's insane.
      Now, the EU is facing a crisis as euro-sceptics (supported by electoral vote) do not want excessive regulation and meddling in sovereign states. Oh well...

      Loved your example, though :). Thank you.
      Looney, thanks for your great comment :D.

      Cheers

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