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Wrapping guns and crosses in American flags enables America’s ultra-right to derive power of falsely representing the “real America” – The [UK] Guardian

April 24, 2013

World

The Guardian

Tuesday 23 April 2013 10.49 EDT

The rightwing donors who fuel America’s culture wars

In general, US public opinion is trending liberal. Not that you’d know it from state legislatures bought by conservative dollars

 by Katherine Stewart

http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/23/rightwing-donors-fuel-america-culture-wars

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2 Comments on “Wrapping guns and crosses in American flags enables America’s ultra-right to derive power of falsely representing the “real America” – The [UK] Guardian”

  1. emotan77 Says:

    From my tolaadenle@emotanafricana.com Mail Box:

    Tola,

    I was not able to read your blog for some days owing to load of work. However, it is Friday I have some free time.

    In Historical Islam, we know Sunni and Shiites are in perpetual war of supremacy since Mohammed died in the 7th century.

    In the 21st century, those referred to as Muslim fundamentalists in the West are the Islamic religious puritans who want the religion to stay as pure as Mohamed left it.
    Consider the following.

    1. Following the events of 9/11/2001, Chalabi, a prominent Shia, who had years earlier escaped from Saddam’s Iraq, and sojourned in the US, wined and dined with the CIA, a was able to trick the intelligence community to get rid of Sunni rule in Iraq. An unintended power change from Sunni to Shiite by American thinking of the consequence of that war. But a bitter experience for the Saudi King and Sunni Muslims

    2. Since Hafes Asad’s rule, Syria wars have always been more Shiite/ Sunni war than government/ rebel war

    3. Arab/Israeli wars are caused by perceived Western bias in favour of Israel. So is the origin of Bin Laden’s Qaeda.

    4. Nigerian Boko Haram is caused by loss of political power grip on Nigeria by those who thought it was impossible to be out of power. In their world, Nigeria is supposed to be ruled by a Northerner, be a member of OIC and a staunch supporter of Arab causes against Israel at UNO. All other known or imagined reasons for the existence of BH, cultural or religious are incidental to the real issues. In fact, BH has not come out publicly with a reason for their Jihadist Activities but because I lived in Zaria, Kano, Jos, and Kaduna as a young boy, smoked taba, cin gworo , and ate tuwo shinkafa with the average Northern Muslim boys , I can go inside their head and be correct at least 60% of the time whether they talk or not. Although I did not study humanities, liberal arts, or social sciences at school, this is my ‘Kwabo biu’ from a detribalized Yoruba Nigerian.
    5. Most of our commentators write from the logic of Westerners who do not see Islam as it actually is. We do not often read original Arabic commentators to know their views on Arab/ Isreali conflict. When we read their comments, we still paraphrase them with Western values.

    Therefore, the West has to remove this log of wood in their eyes. Let the committee of Nations have an objective view of Christianity in all its manifestations, Islamism with Sunnis and Shiites, Capitalism, Islamic Banking, Western Bias for Israeli Dominion over Arabs. Nigeria in addition should look at Christian flamboyant Pentecostal Evangelism, Islamic Bias and Jihads, Christian Crusades into areas where they are not wanted by the indigenous peoples. Ignorance of western education by indigenous tribes who are otherwise literate in Eastern education, etc. Truly a hydra-headed problem as D. H Habeeb opined on one of his recent collumns. I assume that Boko Haram knows that Nigeria is not ready to do their biding. So they are not interested in amnesty because they have not committed any offence in their books.

    Yisa.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Yisa,

      Thanks for your continued interest and contribution to my blog.

      Religion has really polarized the world and if anybody told people of our generation 40, 50 years ago that what is happening today would be, such a person would have been dismissed as insane because back in school in the 50s and 60s, kids played together and even went home for holidays with friends of different faiths with no problem.

      Politics is at the center of every problem not only in Nigeria but in the world. The Boko Haram die-is-cast rejection of amnesty highlights this.

      You’ve raised many important points that makes it necessary to post this on its own because the comments do not generally get read as much as posted essays, articles, etcetera.

      Sincere regards,
      TOLA.

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