Boko Haram and the shame of the Left

Having spent years apologising for Islamist atrocities and calling anyone who raised any concerns an "Islamophobe", Leftists, especially feminists, should hang their heads in shame at events in Nigeria

Boko Haram
the commentator
On 6 May 2014 13:43

Not everyone on the Left has been at it. There have been some lonely, honourable voices (Nick Cohen, in Britain for example) who have spoken out with passion and decency. But let's cut the proverbial. The British, European and even American Left has shamed itself no less disgracefully in recent years over the atrocities and oppression of radical Islam than they did over the atrocities and oppression of communism in the 20th century.

From "running dogs of capitalism" making up propaganda about the worker's paradise of yesteryear to the "Islamophobes" of today, they've always taken a much stronger line against the critics of oppression than its perpetrators.

But as with communism, the truth will out in the end and the Left's shocking betrayel of all standards of decency may make some of them start to have second thoughts.

Perhaps the dreadful kidnappings in Nigeria of more than 270 girls will prove to be just such a moment. At least the Guardian is reporting it. Here's an extract from a report in the paper today:

"I abducted your girls," a man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau, the group's leader, said in a video seen by the Guardian. "I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off. There is a market for selling humans.

"Women are slaves. I want to reassure my Muslim brothers that Allah says slaves are permitted in Islam," he added, in an apparent reference to an ancient tradition of enslaving women captured during jihad, or holy war."

Well indeed. And in the comment section there is a piece headlined: "Western feminists should speak up for the kidnapped Nigerian girls." It says a heck of a lot that the author feels that Western feminists need to be urged to do what most of us have been doing for years, in the case of Boko Haram but in many others besides.

Still, in a sad sort of way, it's progress. At least they're talking about it. Maybe next they'll start telling the truth about Palestinian political culture and the vicious anti-Semitism inside it that they've been trying to conceal for decades. Maybe they'd like to run a piece along the lines of the one we ran yesterday on Hamas TV urging children to shoot all the Jews?

Too much to ask? If so, why?

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