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Pat McMahon

African atrocity

Pardon me for being outraged.

Anger doesn't even come close to the feelings I have -- as a father and as a human being.

When a plane with close to 300 passengers disappears, the world turns out to search and it's everybody's lead story. When more than 300 Nigerian school girls are abducted from their dorms by armed Islamic extremists and held captive for more than three weeks now, it's met with stunning indifference and a general international attitude of "That's so sad, but what can we do?"

Some Nigerian officials seem to be making some attempts at tracking down the criminals. America just offered its assistance. But even in a country of 180 million, is it possible to hide that many young teenagers?

We know the details of the mass kidnapping because 50 of the girls courageously took it upon themselves to escape. But where are the others?

One must ask: If terrorists abducted 300 white girls from, say, Norway, would they still be missing?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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