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Act against Boko Haram

Regarding “Those bloody religious fanatics” (Our Views, April 29): The Tribune should be commended for bringing to the attention of its readers the horrific and deadly actions of the terrorist organization known as Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria.

As noted by the Tribune, Boko Haram has taken responsibility for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. They have targeted violent attacks against police, politicians and the civilian population, including moderate Muslims and Christians. The most recent act of terror is the kidnapping of more than 50 young girls to be, as feared by Nigerian officials, used as sex slaves by their kidnappers.

Understandably, the Tribune urges more moderate Islamists in Nigeria and other countries to stand up against Boko Haram. Another action that should be taken is to have the secretary of state or the president designate Boko Haram as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization.” Sadly, over two years ago, Lisa Monaco, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, along with the chair of the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, practically begged then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate Boko Haram as an FTO.

The Department of Justice documented in a letter to Clinton’s State Department that there was clear evidence that Boko Haram met all requirements to be named a FTO. The requirements being that the organization is foreign; the organization engages in terrorist activity; and such terrorist activity threatens the security of United States nationals or the security of the United States.

Monaco highlighted Boko Haram’s links with “transnational terrorist groups” and the open encouragement of “violence against the West” as examples of the evidence. Clinton refused to designate Boko Haram as a FTO, which would have sent a clear message to these terrorists that the U.S. will hold them, and those who provide them with material support, accountable.

Hopefully, during Clinton’s run up to be the next president, she will be able to explain to the parents of those young girls who have been kidnapped why Boko Haram is not a foreign terrorist organization and why the U.S. didn’t do more to stop them two years ago.

David B. Williams


Two-way street

Regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, I have no problem with people getting upset over prejudiced remarks made by Sterling — everyone should be appalled. There is no reason for this behavior. Do I think Sterling’s private remarks should have been recorded without his knowledge? No. Do I think he should ever have bought an NBA franchise with his prejudices? No. It’s time to say goodby to Sterling.

Since we are cleaning house, how about if we clean house in the music industry? Every rapper/hip-hop artist who says “kill/rape whitey” — it’s time for them to go, banned for life, no performing. It’s time to get rid of players and coaches who do time in prison for dog fighting — gone for life. Drug use? Gone for life.

We need to make sure that we do not encourage this behavior, but we need to make sure that it is a two-way street lest we are the ones who are prejudiced.

Brian MacKay


Back in time

Most of our United States have tried a variety of executions for the death penalty, ranging from the electric chair, chemical injection, firing squad, etc. Why not go back to the old West and hang the perpetrator?

Properly hung, the neck is broken, and death is instantaneous. The cost is minimal with just a rope.

Norman Anderson


Drug testing

Is everyone blind about what is happening with drugs? Gov. Rick Scott would save us a fortune in taxes, etc. He should drug test everyone working for our government and anyone getting help from our tax money. Look around. Some kids have no parents. Everywhere I turn I see a good parent cry because their child died of an overdose.

People not wanting to be tested should be first in line to protect the good people of Florida.

Olga B. Knight


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