We cannot do everything. We cannot save everyone. I live in Africa,I have
lived elsewhere in Africa and Asia. My daughter is in India right now weighing
out how best to serve and save. We cannot save everyone. They are not
"our" girls. The US cannot ever hope to eradicate problems or
suffering. If we do try we will only expend what breath we have and not
accomplish what we can do. We should focus on the answers to questions that we
can answer, and realize that other peoples and nations have responsibility to
address "their" problems and needs We should not engender the response
by all nations to look to us (US) to fix everything. We cannot.
It is misleading to characterize Boko Haram as an "Islamic extremist
group". They are extremist only in the sense that they are following their
Koran literally whereas most Moslems don't. The Koran specifically permits
the capture and enslavement of non-Moslems, and it permits Moslems to use their
captive female slaves for sex. Also, the name "Boko Haram" is only the
nickname of the group, and it means "Non-Islamic education is
forbidden". The Real name of the group is "The Congregation of
Muhammad's Traditions, Proselytization and Jihad". They are a
thoroughly Islamic group, no more "extremist" than Al Qaeda, the
taliban, the Somalian Al Shabab, Hamas, Hizbullah or even The Muslim Brotherhood
and many other Islamic terrorist groups in many countries too numerous to
mention here.American Moslem groups, concerned about public
relations and Islam's image, will issue pro forma condemnations of Boko
Haram, but they never even hint at the Islamic sacred texts which Boko Haram
uses to justify its acts.
Someone, some people have to have permission our authority of the Nigerian Govt
to go into the bush and extract the girls. Would their Muslim captors kill them
and fade away? Good luck to those who try. Without US help I don['t see the
Nigerians succeeding. It is a country of 178 million half are Muslims who may
not care. A tough call. I applaud those keeping it in the news.
ER in AF,...and if one of "those girls" were your child?
Reminding us that these poor girls are still missing does nothing but add to
their captors sense of success. Their goal is to call attention to their
radical, terrorist selves. So, congratulations to each of you who are so
graciously playing into the hands of these terrorists so well. Unless somebody
is planning to actually do something besides holding up signs on facebook or
organizing rallies, these well meaning social activists are wasting their time.
I appreciate their concern, but they change nothing. If they want to collect
money to hire mercenaries to get the job done, then maybe they can accomplish
something. If they want to put pressure on the appropriate government to do
something, good for them. But frankly, I don't think terrorists are scared
or influenced by the "save our girls" social media campaign. And if a
government hasn't acted on behalf of its own citizens by now, it probably
won't. I want those girls home as much as anybody, but think this is a
waste of time and just a feel good ploy by the media.