My earlier posts: Why we’re not winning,1 covers my credentials for writing on the subject; Why we’re not winning, 2 offers solutions; Why we’re not winning, 3 links the war into Africa; and Why we’re not winning, 4 illustrates underlying political attitude in Britain towards the military.

Africa, and the impact of Islamic terrorism on world oil supplies from Africa is part of the enemy strategy.  The British Foreign Office has announced that the Niger Delta is no longer safe for Britons living there.  India issued a similar warning a few days ago.  All this comes after a spate of kidnappings of foreign oil workers.  Nigeria is Africa’s leading oil producer and, although relatively small in terms of global production it impacts on oil prices and is a factor.

But as I said in an earlier post, this is all part of creeping threats in Africa – China from the east and Islam from the north.  The US based, International Assessment and Strategy Center published an excellent paper on the subject last year – Nigeria and the Muslim Brotherhood.  Nigeria is a vast country with a wide ranging diversity of ethnic, tribal and religeous mix of populations.  Radical Salafist Jihadists (including Al Qaeda), with powerful financial support from offshore Muslims are largely behind Nigeria’s increasingly fragile stability.

The War on Terror has many fronts, and African commodity resources are critically important to the West.  But Islamic violence and Chinese influence are forcing western interests out…

About the Author:

Peter Davies was a territorial soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975.  Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his experience in the war, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.  See http://www.peterdaviesbooks.com.

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