The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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May 8, 2014

Terrorists’ motivation uncovered: They’re afraid of girls

ENID, Okla. — I have often wondered what motivates terrorists.

Do they, deep in the twisted recesses of their troubled minds, somehow think that by meting out death and destruction they are somehow making the world a better place?

Do they simply derive pleasure from inflicting human misery?

Do they consider themselves members of some sort of murderous brotherhood, like the world’s largest street gang?

Do they feel they are part of something bigger than themselves, working to rid the world of, what, Christians, Americans, free people, anyone who is breathing and has a pulse?

No, I’m convinced they are motivated by none of those.

I think terrorists are afraid of girls.

They must be. Look at the recent actions of the Nigerian terror group known as Boko Haram, a gang of miscreants credited with kidnapping some 300 teenage girls from a boarding school and attacking the Nigerian town of Gamboru, killing anywhere between 100 and 300 people.

The group kidnapped the girls, whom its leader, Abubakar Shekau, says will be sold into slavery, to keep them from going to school.

The terror gang’s name, in fact, means “Western education is a sin,” in the local Hausa language.

 To be fair, Boko Haram is an equal opportunity killing machine. Earlier this year, the group attacked a school, burning it to the ground and killing 29 people, but sparing all the girls.

It seems Boko Haram doesn’t want anybody to get a so-called western education, but especially women.

“Girls, you should go and get married,” Shekau said in a video first obtained by a French news agency.

See, I knew it, they are afraid of girls.

They apparently share that trait with the Taliban, which tried to forestall the education of women in Pakistan by shooting an outspoken school girl, Malala Yousafzai, in the face in October of 2012.

In both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Taliban has burned dozens of girls’ schools, attacked students with acid and noxious gas and have threatened to kill parents to keep them from sending their children to school. Since 2009, there have been more than 1,000 school-related attacks in Afghanistan alone.

All of these groups, whether they call themselves Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Qaida or any of the dozens of other labels terror groups operate under worldwide, seem to be afraid of education in general, and the education of women in particular.

Educated women would not be content to fill the roles to which these groups would relegate them

 They won’t want to remain totally subservient to and dependent on men, to be second-class citizens, at best, to be treated as little more than property.

In a 2013 interview with an Arabic language newspaper, Taliban spokesman Mullah Qari Yousef Ahmadi spoke of the terror group’s attitude toward women.

“Women compose half of any society, and Islam assigns them a place in society. The one true religion sets forth the relationship between men and women for the good of society, and guarantees society’s spiritual and material awakening. In this, their roles are distinct from one another, but they are unified in their ultimate goal: Human happiness, in this world and the hereafter. Thus, our policy will hold the education of women to be of equal importance to the education of men, God willing.”

Apparently lying is not a sin in the eyes of the Taliban. They say one thing and do another, and that ultimate goal of human happiness they speak of seems to revolve solely around them and their war against anything and anyone that does not shared their warped interpretation of Islam.

In other words, they are afraid of girls. They are afraid of what a world filled with independent, educated, strong women would look like.

There would be no place in such a world for terrorists and anyone sharing their hate-filled, chauvinistic, pig-headed, narrow-minded outlook.

Perhaps these goons are afraid of girls because they know a bunch of well-educated, determined women could defeat them, where thus far the men in their respective countries have failed.

Mullin is senior writer of the News & Eagle. Email him at jmullin@enidnews.com.

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