While visiting Cuba, President Obama responded to a terror attack where an estimated 30 people died and 230 were wounded from bombings at the Brussels airport and on a train in the Belgian capital.
The President asked the world to unite after suspected Islamist extremists targeted the Brussels airport and a train during rush hour.
“We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism,” Obama told a news conference in Cuba. “We can and we will defeat those who threaten the safety and security of people all around the world.”
His news conference calls for unity again. Last year, the president also asked for unity after the Paris attacks that had nearly 130 causalities. The president commonly asks for unity after European attacks with white casualties, but when it comes to sub-Saharan Black Africans, he is relatively quiet.
The hypocrisy of the Western press is not to accuse its leaders OBAMA, OBAMA and SARKOZY, responsible for the chaos and African terrorism !
— ANTOINE LABEL NGONGO (@labelngongo) December 26, 2015
Obama is all just talks ,when it comes to Africa,no huge step has been taking to solve African problems especially terrorism #Africanunion
— MARTSWOLL (@NdujekwuMartin) July 28, 2015
Every single African BOKO HARAM act of terrorism came as a direct result of Obama @WhiteHouse murder of Gadhafi and destruction of Libya
— A. Smith (@360CNN) July 27, 2015
Since the beginning of the year, there have been an estimated 150 people murdered by the terrorist group Boko Haram. According to Newsweek, on March 16, Boko Haram attacked a mosque in Maiduguri, Nigeria, killing at least 22 people.
Boko Haram should stop seeking relevance through suicide bombing as claimed by Chief of Army Staff, and face the army on the battle field.
— Kingsley Omose (@OmoseKingsley) March 17, 2016
Abati was always fighting social media people. Boko haram was bombing churches nearly every Sunday
— diplomatic (@DipoOgunjimi) March 10, 2016
On Monday, four gunmen with no confirmed ties to a terrorist organization attacked a hotel hosting an EU military training mission in Mali’s capital. The attack in Mali was thwarted by EU security guards. This attack is one of the few that did not result in the deaths of multiple people. No one was hurt, but reports from Agence France-Presse suggests that the gunmen were connected to Boko Haram or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb group has been responsible for attacks in Mali going back to 2012. They took credit for the November 2015 hotel attack that had 22 causalities. The Al-Qaeda offshoot has also been identified as suspects in various attacks in West Africa, including those at a beach resort in the Ivory Coast this month and another in Burkina Faso in January.
After these various attacks, Boko Haram has been deemed the most dangerous terrorists in the world.
Last week, two suicide bombers blew up a mosque in Maiduguri, Nigeria that killed 22 citizens. The country has been a hotbed of terror attacks, and there has been very little call for world unity afterward.
According a new report from the World Bank, about 20,000 people have been killed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s Borno State, with damages estimated at $5.9 billion. This new information was released today, and there has been very little said from the White House.
While the world weeps for the victims of Brussels, people globally have ignored the thousands of African causalities from terror. This racial bias goes beyond media coverage; it is political as well.