Fighting Terrorismby Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
Posted on 2015-01-07
JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to address the House
for 1 minute.)
Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, in the last couple of days, we have
seen tragic incidents occurring against innocent people, today in
particular, the tragic killing of journalists and police officers in
Paris, France, terrorist acts against innocent persons and persons who
we know in the United States have the right to the First Amendment and
freedom of expression that is the very core of the principles of this
Nation of which we value and which our soldiers have gone to faraway
wars to fight for.
At the same time, Boko Haram, a terrorist group that has plagued the African continent, mainly in Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and around the areas of Niger, have taken a city near Lake Chad. They have seized that city. They have taken over the military base. They are continuing to kill thousands and causing 1.5 million to be displaced.
Again, we have to fight terrorism in a universal manner, both in terms of our attitudes and values, but more importantly, in the organizing of African nations to stand up against these heinous terrorists, who have stolen children, 300 girls and boys, and taken them from their families and lives. Boko Haram cannot be in control. We must, in a united way, stand against them and provide for the peace and tranquility of the people of the continent where they are.