- Why does it matter if there’s a civil war in Nigeria?
Aside from the fact that innocent people are dying everyday in Africa because of absolute government and economic chaos, you should be concerned because of the risk it poses to the United States and other nations around the world. If the groups in Nigeria manage to spread their reach (like Boko Haram and ISIS), they will no longer be concerned with just Nigeria, Niger, or Chad. ISIS has already spread its reach even further, and many Boko Haram members are following their lead. If you don’t follow the situation in Africa, you’re unable to fully understand the reaches of terrorism.
- I thought the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were over.
One: that’s not a question. Two: You’re wrong. While the occupation and efforts by outside forces inside Afghanistan and Iraq are over, there is a continuing battle between those governments’ forces and outside groups that are attempting to overthrow the government, like Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS. When the troops were removed, it meant that it was much easier for these groups to hit the countries where they were weakest to gain more ground.
- Why do you think a region’s history is so important when discussing a news story?
Just take, for example, the history between Israel and Palestine. If you didn’t know that they’ve been fighting over land since the 1920’s, or that the Jews acquired most of their land after WWII, you wouldn’t understand why Palestinians are so mad. Moreover, you wouldn’t understand that terrorist groups are actually attempting to destroy Israel altogether, rather than create two separate and friendly states. If you just see a headline, and see more people dead, you fail to understand why and then you fail to care.
- Where is the biggest war zone in the world right now?
The Middle East is one big black hole of war, and has been for a very, very long time. It will probably continue to be a war zone for a very, very long time as well. However, the worst areas to be in right now are probably Syria and Nigeria. Because the fighting between groups is so bad, so many people are either being killed or are fleeing their homes. After the attacks by ISIS in Paris and other parts of the world, these individuals have nowhere to go. Because of this, humanitarian crises are running rampant, and there is no end in sight for the people who have to live in those areas.
- What’s the big deal with ISIS?
ISIS, while seemingly small, represents a new threat to homeland and international security that has not been seen before. For one, other terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda want ISIS gone- that’s generally a sign that the other guy is the really, really bad guy. For two, ISIS manages to infiltrate major countries and overthrow forces and gain territories without, seemingly, much planning or support. Somehow, they manage to grow. In addition, they are recruiting at unheard of levels, using unique propaganda to generate more “converts.” ISIS is a threat, and they need to be dealt with accordingly.