The Monitor's View Nigeria's lesson in battling terrorists

With an election this past March and a new president taking power, Nigeria illustrates how a democracy stands up for its values against terrorist groups like Boko Haram.

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The United States has declassified a list of 39 English-language books found in the home of Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader killed in 2011. One tome in particular, by global policy think tank RAND Corp., advises societies threatened by Islamic terror to affirm core democratic values, such as freedom of conscience and equality before the law. Like other terrorists, the mastermind of 9/11 must have wanted to better understand his main opponents – those who uphold democracy.