Our View: Random terror attacks

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Editorial Board, Standard-Examiner

As horrific as the terror attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya was, it’s important to remember that it was launched due to a position of weakness. The terrorists, al-Shabab, have seen its militia driven out of Somalia and the southern part of Kenya. Kenyan troops, as well as African Union troops, are sick of these al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists. This past week, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who lost a nephew in the terror attack, said, “Kenya endured. Kenya endures.”

What’s important is that major nations, including the United States, continue their support and assistance to nations, such as Kenya, and others in the African Union. About 3,000 African troops have died fighting the terrorists. While we don’t want U.S. troops sent to Africa, there are other ways to help, including financial aid, intelligence assistance, drone strikes, and training.

All that’s left to groups such as al-Shabab, and other al-Qaida-type groups, is to enact terrorism upon soft targets, murdering innocents who had no intention of hurting the killers who slaughter them. In the mall attack, the al-Shabab terrorists spared the lives of Muslims, and deliberately killed Christians, Jews, and other “infidels.” One of the “infidels” murdered was Elif Yavuz, a 33-year-old Harvard graduate, eight months pregnant, who was doing humanitarian work with the Clinton Foundation. Her boyfriend, Ross Langdon, an architect, was also murdered.

These theologically driven terrorist attacks are so evil that they are difficult to comprehend. It’s depressing, and infuriating, when cowards murder persons shopping, recreating, or worshipping.

But, these attacks are desperate attempts to frighten the world into submission, to drive out assistance to those decent individuals who advocate tolerance and freedom in Africa, the Middle East, and other locations.

They will continue to occur. All the U.S., and its allies in the world can do is help those who are fighting this evil, and do our best to protect them and ourselves at home.

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