Africa’s dark turn

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Africa is known as “the dark con­ti­nent.” Lately, it has sure earned its nick­name. The re­cent attack by the ex­trem­ist group al-Shabab on a Kenyan uni­ver­sity that killed 147, its attack on the West­gate Mall in Nairobi that killed 67 peo­ple and the con­stant at­tacks by the ter­ror­ist group Boko Haram in Nige­ria have killed thou­sands and re­sulted in hun­dreds of school­child­ren be­ing kid­napped. All of this in­tro­duced an­other dark chap­ter into African his­tory.

Th­ese ter­ror­ist groups claim that they are com­mit­ting th­ese acts be­cause they op­pose West­ern moder­nity and val­ues. But in essence, with their sav­age and bar­baric at­tacks they are bring­ing Africa back to the Stone Age, when vi­o­lence, de­struc­tion, law­less­ness and chaos were the pre­vail­ing or­ders of the day.

KEN­NETH L. ZIM­MER­MAN Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia

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