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BG News: Labeling terrorists should be left to government, not colleges

EXTRACT: As for Shell Oil, who you suggested should be included in a list of terrorist organizations with extremist groups like Hamas, I have trouble equating an unfortunate oil spill with a terrorist attack. Shell Oil did not set out to Nigeria with 56 million gallons of oil to intentionally spill it onto the farmland of the Ogonis. It was a very unfortunate incident indeed, but definitely not a terrorist attack. Furthermore, how do we expect Shell Oil to get into areas such as these for cleanup when the volatile Nigerian military government and the protesting Ogoni people are at each other’s throats?

GUEST COLUMNIST
Robert Aouad , Senior, VCT, [email protected].
Posted: 9/22/06

Terrorism proves relative Jason Lamb? Of course it does. Relative to Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement known for its suicide bombings on innocent civilians, anyone who does not want Israel “wiped off the map” is a terrorist. Relative to Hezbollah, the southern Lebanese militia that endangered its own civilians by firing Katyusha rockets from civilian areas in the recent Israeli conflict, anyone who disagrees with their “jihad” against Israel is a terrorist as well.

Sure, the majority of people aligned with terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah enjoy the number of social services provided to them, but does that not make them terrorist organizations?

Suddenly we ignore the mass unprovoked rocket attacks, suicide bombings and violent rhetoric because these organizations provide a social security net? You have to be kidding me.

These organizations promote violence and destruction as if they were parts of their organizational charters, oh wait, they are. The Hezbollah manifesto has three goals: the eradication of Western imperialism in Lebanon, the transformation of Lebanon into an Islamic state, and the complete destruction of the state of Israel. Similarly, the Hamas charter calls for the complete destruction of the State of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Islamic state. Still consider groups like Hamas the least bit “charitable” when they expose their own people to such violence? If they cared for their people at all, they would focus less on schools and social security and put more effort into the peace process.

As for Shell Oil, who you suggested should be included in a list of terrorist organizations with extremist groups like Hamas, I have trouble equating an unfortunate oil spill with a terrorist attack. Shell Oil did not set out to Nigeria with 56 million gallons of oil to intentionally spill it onto the farmland of the Ogonis. It was a very unfortunate incident indeed, but definitely not a terrorist attack

Furthermore, how do we expect Shell Oil to get into areas such as these for cleanup when the volatile Nigerian military government and the protesting Ogoni people are at each other’s throats?

It would be a mistake for BGSU departments to protest the Ohio MDA law because I believe the Department of Homeland Security has more resources available to identify terrorist organizations than an Ethnic Studies professor. This law is a way to ensure public employees are not contributing to terrorist organizations, and should be embraced by a post-9/11 nation looking to protect its people and allies. Any protest of this law is a step in the wrong direction for our national security.

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1 Comment on “BG News: Labeling terrorists should be left to government, not colleges”

  1. #1 Ben Wuloo Ikari
    on Sep 28th, 2006 at 16:36

    I write to contribute to the above subject matter as follows:

    That, I tend to understand the position of Robert Auoad, however terrorism is not limited to the activities of groups like the “Hamas” as recorded in inter alia. It is not limited to plane hijacks, bombings, ect.

    And although both the Oxford Advance Learner’s and American Heritage College Dictionaries summarily defines Terrorism and a Terrorist as ” The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence to intimidate or coerce societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons,” and “One that engages in acts or an act of terrorism,” the call to include Shell Oil (HELL) in the popular terrorist organization’s list is indeed wholesome and not out of order.

    Shell is no doubt one of the most dangerous human and environmental terrorist group in the world. It is linked with “Hakluyt” which is an undercover spy group. The company’s overall activities in Ogoni and Niger River Delta of Nigeria, since oil discovery is nothing but terrorisml. The killer oil firm terrorized and monitored Ken Saro-Wiwa of the most blessed memory until he was killed as ordered. It paid rtd. Colonel Paul Okontimo of the dreaded Rivers State Internal Security Taskforce to intimidate, terrorize, brutalize, torture, rape, and kill innocent Ogoni peasants who protested the company’s double standards and it environmental racist policy and devastation. This happened under the leadership of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

    For more on Shell’s terroristic acts and genocide against the Ogoni people, feel free to check the book, “Ken Saro-Wiwa and MOSOP-The Story and Revelation, by Ben Wuloo Ikari.

    Note, that, the group also terrorized the family of Alfred Donovan, a longterm member of Shell trading company. Dr. John Houng, a zeologist of 30 years standing was also intimidated and terrorized; threatened with imprisonment for revealing the over 10 years oil/gas reserves overbooking that was reported as the biggest 419 (scam) of the decade.

    No doubt Ogoni has issues with the Federal Government of Nigeri;, it also has deep problem with Shell for degrading the environment with high degree gas flares (charging it with hydrocarbon), oil spills and laying of high pressure pipelines crisscrosingly at close proximity of human habitation. And have refused to accept responsibility for its reckless behavior. The many blowouts since 1970 to date that occured in Ogoni and other parts of the Delta have not been attended. Making the entire encosystems a total biohazard. This is of course what it would not or cannot do in its home countries, Britain/Neitherland, and America.

    The present blowout /spill is causing great panic in Ogoni now as the oozing fumes spread unchecked into the atmosphere and exposing the inhabitants to more health related problems and death. The issue Ogoni have with the government is immaterial to Shell’s acceptance of its responsibilities. It is not the government’s function to stop the blazing in an oil field or subsequent clean up but Shells’. All the company have clandestinely work toward is to resume operations in Ogoni even though it is succinctly clear the firm is not wanted.

    Whether or not it is wanted does not absorb it from responsibilities such as oil spills and previous crimes committed against Ogoni.
    It should be known that the company is a quasi government in Nigeria. It flares over 89 percent gas in the country and has jettisoned the agreement to end flaring in the nation by 2008.

    Nigerian government does not know how much barrels of oil per day Shell mines; the dumb government accepts whatever number Shell gives mainly due to the fact that it does not care for the people and also do not live in the oil bearing communities, hence do not appreciate the effects and danger inherent in environmental pollution by the company. Recently, the so-called government summed up courage and tasked Shell and other foreign oil companies to account for the exact quantity of crude oil mined on daily basis and Shell , etc., have bluntly refused to cooperate because of greed.

    Conclusively, the brief activities of terrorism listed above is substantive evident to convict this firm that kills to make profit as a terrorist group. I therefore submit that labeling should not be left to the government alone because most governments in the world, especially, British and American have been involved or are presently involved in acts of terrorism. Colleges handy with credible information about organizations, governments, and or companies such as Shell have the right to name them without fear or favor. This, if honestly and effectively carried out and the world becomes aware of their activities, it would go a long way to check and balance acts of terrorism of all kinds .

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