On today’s Meet The Press news show the host Chuck Todd interviewed Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) on a number of issues. The senator has been traveling through the Middle East gathering information for discussions on the next steps in this war end terrorism.
It was interesting to hear how he is thinking about running for President in 2016. What was even more interesting was his comments on Terrorism in the world. He was answering Chuck’s question about the horrific killings of over 2000 people in Nigeria by he terrorist group Boko Haram. Chuck was inquiring about how this “story” was ignore by most news outlets and if the senator did not see this group as a much larger threat than the Middle East ISIS group.
The senator replied, “Boko Haram doesn’t pose a threat to the homeland like others do.” Now I give the Senator some credit, he did preface this with a slight statement of concern for the thousands who lost their lives. He also agreed with Chuck Todd’s assessment that the media ignored this incident and did not give it the attention it so deserved. But he was emotionless about the lost of thousands of African’s loosing their lives and living every day in terror.
Sen. Graham is a true to his sovereignty commitment and the protection of the USA. Last Spring the whole world followed the hashtag #BBBOG with the hope that there would be an attempt to save young girls from being kidnapped, tortured and killed. But like many “phases” out there this communal agreement to save lives ended as soon as people stopped using the hashtag. The United States has always gone into countries and assisted with the destruction of terror, even when the threat was not against the “homeland”.
It was disheartening to hear a US Senator, a statesman who represents this country in matters of high security would degrade the lives of thousands by stating their importance is based on how the US assess the threat by which they perished. Every life is important and even though those thousands of Africans died by the hands of terrorists who seem to cause no harm to the US, what is happening there is appalling. Sen. Graham wants to be the leader of the “free” world then he should be more compassionate to the entire world.
His cavalier attitude toward these actions is a direct cause for the US policy based on a lack of emphasis and outreach to Africa during its engagement and horrific take over by Boko Haram. His attitude towards Africa is appalling and insulting. This is the same lack of desire he had to assist Africa with eradicating Ebola, which was not a threat to the “homeland”; and look at those results.
In my May 2014 post Titled “#BBOG and Dismantle the Demand” https://thewiyatt.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/bbbog-dismantle-the-demand/ I asked where is the human rights plan to dismantle these men. Why should we only want to destroy those who harm our lands and people? What happened to human rights issues? There should be no boundaries or borders that cause limitations for the US to do the right thing!
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