The Ebola outbreak and Boko Haram prove that different rules apply in Africa
The following article is by Paul Vallely, visiting professor in public ethics at the University of Chester
Thousands are dying from the virus, and the Islamist fanatics terrorising Nigeria, but the West is not that concerned…
They are only Africans. They may be dying from Ebola in record numbers, but who really cares? Such are the politics of plague. And then there is the politics of war.
In Nigeria, the Islamist fanatics of Boko Haram are stoning men to death and pouring petrol on women and burning them alive. Yet where is the talk of air strikes in Africa, let alone boots on the ground?
The murderous terror-mongers of the UnIslamic State in Iraq are deemed to constitute a threat to the streets of the West. But Boko Haram, like Ebola, is just another of the apocalyptic four horsemen which for ever stalk that far-away continent of which we know little and care less.