Editorial, New Hampshire Union Leader
May 22, 2014
Shaheen helped the Obama administration turn back an effort by former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown to have the Boko Haram declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization two years ago, despite its ties with the Al Quaida Islamic terrorists.
That has come back to bite Shaheen, whose attempt last week to claim that Boko Haram was not Islamist would be funny, if it were not so misleading and dangerous.
Shaheen seconded an Obama official who told her Senate committee that it’s “a very important point’’ to note that “Boko Haram’s philosophy is not an Islamic philosophy.’’
Right, and its name, which translates to “Western education is sin,’’ is no more indicative of its beliefs than the fact that it has kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian school girls and announced, via video, that the girls have voluntarily converted to — Islam.