Wednesday, March 5, 2014

BokoHaram---destroying Nigeria, from the inside.

Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa, Since independence it has had its difficulties, ranging from inter-tribal rivalry, extreme corruption, poverty and above all the move in the North of the country from BokoHaram to destabilize, destroy, murder and attempt to rip Nigeria apart.
There can never be justification for the murder of innocents, namely school children, mothers and the elderly, all in the name of a religious group that wish to impose Sharia Law on ALL of Nigeria. The Nigerian Government seems totally incapable of fighting this scourge on what should be a prosperous nation. Perhaps therein lies the reasons why Nigeria is beset by this issue---the unfair and corrupt distribution of wealth. As with many areas of the world where terrorism flourishes, there are roots to the birth of such violent movements. Muslims around the world shudder at the thought of how their religion has been hijacked by these evil groups. Look back in  history and there have been Christian extremists who have also fought unjust and bloody battles all in the name of what should be a peaceful and loving religion. Anyone following such a religion in the extreme and adhering to the methods of genocide we have witnessed against innocent people, are not martyrs when they die---they are criminals and no religion holds a place in 'heaven' for them. In the meantime, Nigeria burns as this group reaps carnage in  the North and elsewhere. I wish peace and a sense of humanity would come to Nigeria.

Russians are lovely people and they are very welcome in New Zealand---But----

We better be damned careful in New Zealand that we don’t offend in any way, new Russian arrivals in NZ, both as tourists or new residents, because if we do, we risk invasion, by Putin’s bullies to ‘protect Russian citizens.’  Hell, if every country took his stance, there would be war all over the word. ---Oops, there is!
Seriously though, the position taken by Putin is a thinly disguised attempt to regain Russian hegemony over the area on his borders and further afield. His efforts to bully his once friendly neighbour, Ukraine, demonstrate this facet of his foreign policy to the max. Does he really think that the world is taking him seriously or is the rest of the world underestimating his ‘skill’ at going to the edge, presenting a terrible scenario; one fraught with danger and the possibility of war; then to turn around and appear more reasonable, gentle as it were and say that, ‘I never intended that,’ but leaving the distinct threat of violence hanging palpably in the air? This is what he has done re the Crimea. NO amount of posturing can disguise this fact.
Putin is a clever bully—he knows that the USA and the EU have no stomach for a war on that continent; so he just steps back from the brink, having achieved all of his goals and then quietly goes on to organize his next plan. I suspect that ‘those plans’ are already well and truly underway. Is Poland next, or the Baltic States, or does he have some sort of grand design re his larger Southern neighbours? Surely not!
It’s OK, Russian citizens, you are most welcome. Hell, some of you may well want to stay and enjoy the freedoms we have here----for now!