In the groundswell of propaganda, misinformation and false narratives that have enabled Nigeria terror group Boko Haram climb to the top of terrorist group rankings, fewer have played a more notable role than former US ambassador John Campbell.
Years ago, Campbell led some other academics to write to the State Department urging them not to designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization – even though it was Foreign, it was Terrorist and it was an Organization that had already bombed an American. I led a campaign that defeated this unfortunate position.
In spite of notoriously writing himself into the wrong side of history by essentially arguing in favor of the terrorists President Obama described as one of the deadliest in the world, Campbell appears to be hellbent on his errant path.
Per Newsweek, “Washington’s former diplomat in the country also warned that a massacre of civilians by the group is “certainly possible”, with likely targets being associated with the Nigerian government. The militants would face greater resistance than in smaller towns such as Chibok and Baga, where Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed over 2,000 people in a massacre that sparked international condemnation.
“The people I think would be the prime targets [of a Boko Haram offensive] would be officials, police, maybe teachers in secular schools, people like that.” ” http://www.newsweek.com/boko-haram-prepare-assault-city-two-million-ahead-elections-303233
This former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria is either one of the dullest or one of the most callous. He will not admit the targeting of Christians even when Boko Haram itself does.
Ironically, the Washington Times had a similar piece which stated
“Jihadists in Nigeria have brutally targeted innocents throughout the region. But make no mistake; the root cause has little to do with religion. We must confront the material realities of the discontent. This is a war that will never end, and consequently we cannot win if we do not grasp the underlying causes”