Boko Haram are the dark side of Islam

As expected, Muslim leaders are disowning the most brutal among their co-religionists.

Their reasoning is: This must be a conspiracy; true Muslims never commit such acts; the Boko Haram are not really Muslim, and so forth.

Even Malala Yusufzai, the teenage champion for women’s education, said the actions of the Boko Haram are counter to Islam.

Also typical is Waleed Aly, a poster boy for “moderate” Islam in Australia. When asked about the Boko Haram on Channel Ten’s The Project, he could not bring himself to concede they are Muslim. He said “they are hard to define” and “so diverse.”

How many more incidents of kidnapping, violence, rape, terror and honour killings are needed to convince Muslims the Islamic world has an endemic problem of cruelty and barbarism?