Video: Boko Haram proposes swap for abducted girls

posted at 8:41 am on May 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The leader of Boko Haram has proposed a swap for more than 200 girls abducted from a government school in Nigeria, but it may do more harm than good to accept. The terrorist group wants to trade the release of the girls after the release of jailed members of the network from Nigerian prisons. The demand came in this video published by AFP earlier today:

The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram said in a video Monday that he would free more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in exchange for the release of militant prisoners.

In a recording obtained by Agence France-Presse, Abubakar Shekau claimed the girls had been converted to Islam.

Dozens of girls were shown wearing full veils and praying in the video, whose contents could not immediately be independently verified by NBC News.

“These girls have become Muslims,” Shekau said in the 17-minute recording, according to a translation from AFP. “We will never release them until after you release our brethren.”

The good news is that the girls appear to have mostly remained together. Some of the analysts feared that the terrorists would disperse their hostages to make them more difficult to track, and also worried that many of them may have already been sold off into slavery. Perhaps the international attention that the case has drawn made that more difficult than Boko Haram anticipated, or that they lack the resources for dispersal. Last week, the leader just bragged about selling the girls into slavery, so something appears to have changed.

Most countries have a no-negotiation policy with terrorist groups, and this situation is one reason for that. If Nigeria negotiates a swap for the girls, Boko Haram will know what to do when they need their colleagues sprung from custody. Nigeria may get these girls back in this kind of trade — maybe, depending on whether terrorists can be trusted to keep their word — but they may put the rest of the country’s girls in greater danger by making them a currency in extortion. It in effect legitimizes terrorism as a strategy, and once rewarded, Nigeria will see a lot more of these abductions in the future.

However, that’s reasonable enough in theory. The government of Goodluck Jonathan has already come under severe pressure and considerable scorn for not doing enough for these girls in the first place. A swap that gets the girls back may be worth it to send the rest of the world packing, at least from their perspective.


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Send them their brethren. Send their brethren’s heads in separate boxes.

CurtZHP on May 12, 2014 at 8:42 AM

It’s a harem?

Galtian on May 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM

If they kept the girls together that makes rescuing them easier, and killing all these Flukes afterwards a piece of cake.

NotCoach on May 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

the terrorist group wants to trade the release of the girls after the release of jailed members of the network from Nigerian prisons.

I’m fine with that. I’ll release the jailed members from their earthly prison. Line them up and shoot them. Then go after the other guys as a live fire exercise between our special forces and the French Foreign Legion. Decapitate the leader and send the head to the king of Saudi Arabia.

rbj on May 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

“These girls have become Muslims,” Shekau said

Which means that if they are somehow rescued, then when they deny having converted and claim to still be Christian, they’ll be constantly getting death threats.

Fenris on May 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

It would have made it much easier to rescue these girls if we hadn’t announced to the world we were coming.

gophergirl on May 12, 2014 at 8:46 AM

#Okay

Electrongod on May 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Next time any Bozo terrorist is captured, it would be the same story again.

More girls kidnapped, held until the terrorist is released.

The only way this works is if you do the trade, then hunt Bozos down and kill them all.

But from what I’ve heard from a Nigerian in the US, the Nigerian government and security forces are full of Bozo sympathizers, so carrying out an operation is next to impossible, because the Bozos will find out about it long before it can be launched.

s1im on May 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

If anyone has ever needed to be droned, it is that barbarian in the video. Look at his eyes. Pure evil.

Brat on May 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Boko has that government by the short and nasties.

docflash on May 12, 2014 at 8:53 AM

I’m fine with that. I’ll release the jailed members from their earthly prison. Line them up and shoot them. Then go after the other guys as a live fire exercise between our special forces and the French Foreign Legion. Decapitate the leader and send the head to the king of Saudi Arabia.

rbj on May 12, 2014 at 8:45 AM

So you’re in favor of diplomacy. :-)

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Video shows clear skies above. Should make it easy to pinpoint their location by satellite or drone.

meci on May 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I don’t really care if it’s our fight or not. That guy and his friends need killing. I don’t care if you call it “Environmental Remediation”, Save the rain forest! Or even social justice through bullet redistribution, smoking craters, gentlemen. I’d like some smoking craters, please.

trubble on May 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

My heart goes out to the girls and their families, but I hope they don’t make the mistake of taking these criminals at their word.

They have no intention of releasing these girls. Ever. It isn’t just slaves they want…it’s sex slaves. And offspring.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Just give it time. They won’t hurt the girls because they need them as a bargaining chip. And once their cycles begin to synch…well, somebody might just forget to lock the door one night. Just sayin’

Galtian on May 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

We aren’t hash tagging enough! That’s why this situation hasn’t been resolved.

VinceOfDoom on May 12, 2014 at 8:58 AM

The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram

Remind me again. Whats the reason this guys mug still blesses our monitors?

Bmore on May 12, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Secret GPS tracking devices on the released prisoners, internally if possible. When the girls are safe, massive air strikes on the terrorist location.

kjatexas on May 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Kill them all

Grunt on May 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM

The abducted Christian girls who were martyred for refusing to convert were unavailable for comment…

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

What? The girls were forced to become muslims? But the state department said the problem in Nigeria was a poorly functioning gov’t and a problem of poverty. If that was the case these Boko Haram dudes should have just given the girls a civics books and a $100 and sent them on their way.

HumpBot Salvation on May 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

So you’re in favor of diplomacy. :-)

crankyoldlady on May 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM

I’m trying to be reasonable. Start out with demolishing the Dome of the Rock and giving the ok to rebuild the Temple. Any problems and Medina gets nuked. Still any troubles and there’s a certain black rock that can get gps coordinates for the next nuclear missile.

If they want a Western Civilization vs. Islam war, bring it on.

rbj on May 12, 2014 at 9:05 AM

This needs some serious dronage. As an aside I’m curious as to why I have not seen prominent leaders more vocal about this kidnapping. Where is the outrage on the part of sharpton,Jackson and the black caucus. The prospect of selling these girls into slavery ought to ignite a fight in them. I guess they can’t blackmail boko for money

jaywemm on May 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

“Just whatever you do, please stop tweeting about us!! Take the girls back – fine – just stop with the twitter, PLEASE!!!!”

crrr6 on May 12, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Satanic

Murphy9 on May 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

“The gunmen stormed in just as dawn broke over the school in a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria. There were around two dozen of them, and, survivors later recounted, they worked quickly, methodically and with unflinching brutality.

“Allahu Akbar,” they shouted, as they lined up students and murdered them with single bullets to the head. Some of the teenage pupils were burnt alive when their dormitories were locked, doused in petrol and set alight; those trying to escape were knifed to death.

They killed 46 boys all in all. Unlike the abduction of more than 200 girls from a school in Chibok last month, in this attack they spared the girls and killed all the boys. The atrocity barely registered in the international headlines. That was almost a year ago, in July 2013….

“My unit found some 20 women abandoned by Boko Haram in the forest. They were traumatised, around 15 of them were pregnant,” the soldier said.

Worse was what some of the women said. One, whose identity the Observer is protecting, said: “We were lined up in a single file then asked our religion. The Muslims among us were allowed to move around the camp freely and interact, while the Christians were turned to sex slaves. Any girl who was Christian would have to sleep with four, five or six of the Boko Haram men every day.”

Officials say the video in which Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau threatened to sell the girls is a coded message: the group is willing to ransom them. “You have to understand these people are terrorists. They have been kidnapping people since the beginning. They see it as a simple business transaction,” said one of Nigeria’s most senior counter-terrorism experts.

“Just yesterday I was talking with a man who paid 40m naira (£147,000) for his release. He had to sell his house to pay them.”

According to the official, a ranking officer, at least 60 Nigerian civilians are currently being held by Boko Haram. They rarely make the news. Thus framing the current narrative as a tale of those against Boko Haram versus the sect’s “pure evil” – as David Cameron called the abductions last week – is problematic….

But for journalists and activists who have followed the story for years, there is both relief and frustration at the attention its now getting. “I fear that while the global response has been great, the enormity of the problem gets lost in the celebrity of the trending hashtag,” said Joan Aken’Ova, who has fought for girls’ rights for decades in Nigeria…”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/10/boko-haram-battle-caliphate-kills-thousands

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

If we had a president with some stones he’d offer a better swap. You give us back the girls unharmed and we won’t bury your bodies with swine’s flesh.

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Sedate the captive barbarians, plant some kind of tracking chip, and make the trade. Then rain down drone hell on them. My guess is that they’ll be in nice large groups after the trade, surrounded by nothing but sympathizers.

BuckeyeSam on May 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

My heart goes out to the girls and their families, but I hope they don’t make the mistake of taking these criminals at their word.

They have no intention of releasing these girls. Ever. It isn’t just slaves they want…it’s sex slaves. And offspring.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’m guessing those girls have already been raped multiple times. Having temporarily sated their lust, the followers of the Religion of Molestation have decided that dragging around a bunch of girls is a pain in the neck. And they figure they can pull the same stunt again any time they want.

Fenris on May 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

However, that’s reasonable enough in theory. The government of Goodluck Jonathan has already come under severe pressure and considerable scorn for not doing enough for these girls in the first place.

The conflict is already being spun as primarily an economic inequality conflict…not Jihad.

“Human Rights Watch has documented dozens of cases of massacres by the Nigerian army in its quest to crush the insurgency. On 14 March, Amnesty International said 600 mostly unarmed detainees were extrajudicially executed by the army in a single day.

President Goodluck Jonathan has so far underwhelmed with his reaction to the girls’ seizure. At the World Economic Forum for Africa, which has been overshadowed by the girls’ plight, he mentioned them in passing. His speech had the feel of a short, unconvincing pledge to free them bolted on to a longer pre-written speech about Africa’s economic prospects.

To be sure, the spotlight being shone on Nigeria is not unwelcome. The latest Hollywood star to get involved is Angelina Jolie. Celebrity endorsement of a cause can be a powerful force for mobilising voters, and by extension, their governments. Just look at the way George Clooney shone the spotlight on the Janjaweed masscres in Darfur.

The day after the Yobe attacks this year, I watched the evening news bulletin of NTA, the official state broadcaster. It dedicated 45 seconds to what it called the “unfortunate” four-hour attack. It then switched to a programme on efforts to boost Nigeria’s agriculture sector.

But for journalists and activists who have followed the story for years, there is both relief and frustration at the attention its now getting. “I fear that while the global response has been great, the enormity of the problem gets lost in the celebrity of the trending hashtag,” said Joan Aken’Ova, who has fought for girls’ rights for decades in Nigeria.But for now, the hashtag appears to have mobilised the west, possibly for the first time, to take the Boko Haram menace seriously. Whether or not that helps end the insurgency, born out of rage at Nigeria’s shocking corruption and economic inequalities, remains to be seen….

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 9:13 AM

A Whiter Shade of Pale was a decent tune, but not a big fan of their new stuff.

Frank Lib on May 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

And once their cycles begin to synch…well, somebody might just forget to lock the door one night. Just sayin’

Galtian on May 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Hard to sync cycles when you’re knocked up with the cloven-hooved offspring of these animals.

CurtZHP on May 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Proposal:

The terrorist group wants to trade the release of the girls after the release of jailed members of the network from Nigerian prisons.

Counter:

We’ll trade the release of the girls at the same time as the release of 200 members of Code Pink, a former Secretary of State, and at least two TV personalities.

Think they’ll go for it?

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 9:22 AM

A Whiter Shade of Pale was a decent tune, but not a big fan of their new stuff.

Frank Lib on May 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

You went where I dared not go.

itsspideyman on May 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

My heart goes out to the girls and their families, but I hope they don’t make the mistake of taking these criminals at their word.

They have no intention of releasing these girls. Ever. It isn’t just slaves they want…it’s sex slaves. And offspring.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

I’m guessing those girls have already been raped multiple times. Having temporarily sated their lust, the followers of the Religion of Molestation have decided that dragging around a bunch of girls is a pain in the neck. And they figure they can pull the same stunt again any time they want.

Fenris on May 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

See the first successful state sponsored Genocide of the modern era…

“In April 1915 the Ottoman government embarked upon the systematic decimation of its civilian Armenian population. The persecutions continued with varying intensity until 1923 when the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist and was replaced by the Republic of Turkey. The Armenian population of the Ottoman state was reported at about two million in 1915. An estimated one million had perished by 1918, while hundreds of thousands had become homeless and stateless refugees. By 1923 virtually the entire Armenian population of Anatolian Turkey had disappeared…”

http://www.armenian-genocide.org/genocide.html

Most of the Christian women/girls that were not killed were sold into slavery in established brothels for the military or kidnapped by Kurds and became enslaved concubines often resold repeatedly within the Kurdish tribes.

The world shrugged.

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Send them their brethren. Send their brethren’s heads in separate boxes.

CurtZHP on May 12, 2014 at 8:42 AM

I’m more a fan of flying the prisoners to the release point. Then “letting them go”.* Notice I didn’t mention landing the aircraft.

* Yes, Commando was a stupid movie, but some of Arnold’s lines were so over the top as to become classics, including “I let him go.” (After Rae Dawn Chong asks “Where’s Sully?”)

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 9:29 AM

What s the Muslim punishment for theft? Doesn’t it entail removal of the hands or something?

claudius on May 12, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Release their ‘brethren.’

From, say, 10,000 feet up or so.

Or make them a counter-proposal: release the girls, and we don’t hunt you down and kill every one of you.

Then hunt them down and kill them afterwards, and just say, ‘You know, taqqiya, and all that.”

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Proposal:

The terrorist group wants to trade the release of the girls after the release of jailed members of the network from Nigerian prisons.

Counter:

We’ll trade the release of the girls at the same time as the release of 200 members of Code Pink, a former Secretary of State, and at least two TV personalities.

Think they’ll go for it?

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Throw in this guy and it’s a plan.

Fenris on May 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Most of the Christian women/girls that were not killed were sold into slavery in established brothels for the military or kidnapped by Kurds and became enslaved concubines often resold repeatedly within the Kurdish tribes.

The world shrugged.

workingclass artist on May 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Keep putting this kind of info out there, WC_A

This type of behavior has gone on for so long within their society that it’s looked at as a norm rather than extreme. Not necessarily an “acceptable” norm, but a norm all the same.

Those of us living in the Western world really are naïve and ignorant, for the most part, about what that society is like.

lineholder on May 12, 2014 at 9:41 AM

If they kept the girls together that makes rescuing them easier, and killing all these Flukes afterwards a piece of cake.

NotCoach on May 12, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Not to be a downer, but it also makes killing all of the hostages at once a lot easier.

bofh on May 12, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I would trade. Release the terrorists… with trackers implanted in them. Would make great targets for Hellfire missiles.

better yet… slow release poison pellets so they drop dead in 2 wks to a month…

but that is just the ’24′ talking…

BadBrad on May 12, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Electrongod on May 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM

I just spit my water out on that one… thank you! LOL

dpduq on May 12, 2014 at 10:17 AM

A Whiter Shade of Pale was a decent tune, but not a big fan of their new stuff.

Frank Lib on May 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Yeah, lately all they play is “Conquistador.”

Mr. D on May 12, 2014 at 10:19 AM

If we had a president with some stones he’d offer a better swap. You give us back the girls unharmed and we won’t bury your bodies with swine’s flesh.

Cleombrotus on May 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Mark Steyn has a column titled #BringBackOurBalls

Indeed, Al Qaeda (or rather Islamofascism) is on the run…..all over Africa…thanks to our ball-less wonder.

MistyLane on May 12, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Having lived on that neck of the woods I have a different take. The truth is they are done with them, and hundreds of girls are too expensive to feed. They are just used to satisfy the jihad fighters. Post rape, they are converted. That is not an uncommon outcome with Jihad “comfort women” as now a great “good” gas been done for them. The fun is over for the fighters, now the girls are bargaining chips, nothing more.

And powerful chips now that our foolish leaders have pictures of themselves holding signs about the girls.

Irritable Pundit on May 12, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Just an aside, but I find it mindnumbingly stupid that Michelle O says something to the effect that when she thinks of those kidnapped girls, she sees her daughters. And of course, Trayvon could have been O’s son.

When you play this race identity politics, how is it that that dude in the picture couldn’t also be O’s son? Or the feral teenager girls who beat the white transgender woman a couple years ago don’t remind us of the O daughters.

It’s just that I never see them equate who is or could be their children with anyone else, like crying white kids whose home was just destroyed by a tornado….

MistyLane on May 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

“Sedate the captive barbarians, plant some kind of tracking chip, and make the trade. Then rain down drone hell on them. My guess is that they’ll be in nice large groups after the trade, surrounded by nothing but sympathizers.

BuckeyeSam on May 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

I was thinking the same thing, and it could work. Problem is that the Nigerian government is so corrupt that I don’t know how good of a partners they will be in fighting these lunatics. Afghanistan had basically no government when we went it, so the U.S. had more control into how they build their government and security forces. In Nigeria you already had a government who’s only goal appears to be to do as little as possible and maximize their graft and corruption.

I feel sad for the Nigerian people, I’m sorry for the situation these girls and their relatives find themselves in…but if you want to live in peace and not being at the mercy of barbarians like Boko Haram, you have to demand better from your government and be willing to fight for it.

ujorge on May 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Don’t tell me the CIA has no slow-acting posion they can give to the prisoners-in-trade?!
Feed ‘en the poison, do the exchange.
IF they honor the exchange, say nothing and let them die ‘mysteriously’.
IF they reneg on the exchange and keep the girls, tell them there is an antidote to the poison which they will sell at the price of 25 girls per single dose. Watch them tear each other apart trying to be on the short list to be saved.

Go medieval on their asses.

Tard on May 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Boko Haram will know what to do when they need their colleagues sprung from custody.

…call Eric Holder?

KOOLAID2 on May 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I can see FDR hitting Hirohito with a hashtag on 12/8/41.

Next time any Bozo terrorist is captured, it would be the same story again.

More girls kidnapped, held until the terrorist is released.

The old PLO game.

Nice to see the classics never lose their appeal.

formwiz on May 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Next time any Bozo terrorist is captured, it would be the same story again.

More girls kidnapped, held until the terrorist is released.

The old PLO game.

Nice to see the classics never lose their appeal.

formwiz on May 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Exactly. And their value was apparent the instant Michelle Obama sent out her selfie with the hashtag sign about the girls. The second I saw that idiocy I cringed. It was an epic facepalm moment.

If the media in Israel was breathless about someone’s kidnapping, the PLO doubled their demands, if not worse — every single time. Even the Israeli peaceniks learned to shut up and say nothing eventually. Its a shame the 60s rejects in Washington couldn’t learn the lesson.

Now that the issue has been magnified beyond all proportion, the actual outcome no longer matters. If they get the prisoner release, BH is stronger. Even if there US sent in special forces and blew the camp to hell and saved 95% of the girls, the rest of the BH organization is now seen as stronger for having been able to pull in America. Thats what happens when your leaders verbally and publicly punch down, you give small forces legitimacy as a serious foe. That picture of Michelle Obama will bring in recruits for years.

The funny thing is, if the hashtag had never been made, if no awareness campaign had been under way AND we attacked and killed BH? It would have been a sign of our strength. Anyone remember the often misquoted line by Theodore Roosevelt, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”? It was a west african proverb (irony?).

OK, I’m off my soapbox. Sorry for the hashtag rant. This just makes me crazy.

Irritable Pundit on May 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Has Eleanor Clift made a comment yet???? I have not heard anything from the American Cair either,,,, by being silent they must favor on what this evil group is doing.

garydt on May 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Has Eleanor Clift made a comment yet???? I have not heard anything from the American Cair either,,,, by being silent they must favor on what this evil group is doing.

garydt on May 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Evidently, Boko Haram has not committed kidnap-kidnap, rape-rape or slavery-slavery. So, nothing to see. You know, except a silly woman with a phony grimace and a piece of cardboard #pathetic.

MistyLane on May 12, 2014 at 12:50 PM

There’s never been but one way to deal with any of you.

There is only one thing the Boko locos will understand: Brute force.

These are barbarians who live by terror and the sword.

The only way to deal with these animals is a campaign of extermination.

The pusillanimous piss ants of world leadership will wring their hands and resort to social media campaigns.

Where is Teddy Roosevelt when we need him?

novaculus on May 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Flail, fail and bail before sacred Islam. It is the only safe non racist thing to do.

BL@KBIRD on May 12, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Where is Teddy Roosevelt when we need him?

novaculus on May 12, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I’d settle for a little Jefferson.

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Tag the swap with GPS, then swoop in for the kill.

John the Libertarian on May 12, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Give them the Clippers.

Exninja on May 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Don’t tell me the CIA has no slow-acting posion they can give to the prisoners-in-trade?!
Feed ‘en the poison, do the exchange.
IF they honor the exchange, say nothing and let them die ‘mysteriously’.
IF they reneg on the exchange and keep the girls, tell them there is an antidote to the poison which they will sell at the price of 25 girls per single dose. Watch them tear each other apart trying to be on the short list to be saved.

Go medieval on their asses.

Tard on May 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM

This sort of thing works in the movies – I’d be willing to give it a try, to see if life imitates art.
Downside, whether they honor the exchange or renege: no one will trust the West to be honest with people who believe that lying to the enemy is permitted (even encouraged) by their religion.
Oh wait …. they don’t trust us now, either.

In reality, if they keep the girls, they won’t sell them back for the antidote, they will just start killing them and play a round of “chicken” — the West / Nigeria would certainly blink first.

The funny thing is, if the hashtag had never been made, if no awareness campaign had been under way AND we attacked and killed BH? It would have been a sign of our strength. Anyone remember the often misquoted line by Theodore Roosevelt, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”? It was a west african proverb (irony?).

OK, I’m off my soapbox. Sorry for the hashtag rant. This just makes me crazy.

Irritable Pundit on May 12, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Had it not been for the large number of students kidnapped this time, I believe the US and UN would have continued to ignore the Boko Haram depredations. They are making a minimal response because of the publicity.

There are times when I wish our costumed super-heroes really did exist.
Carrying off a government-sponsored stealth rescue (even if some state approved one) would be next to impossible today, because of politics, treachery, and the surveillance capabilities of the targets.

There is no winning scenario in this drama.

AesopFan on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Had it not been for the large number of students kidnapped this time, I believe the US and UN would have continued to ignore the Boko Haram depredations. They are making a minimal response because of the publicity.

There are times when I wish our costumed super-heroes really did exist.
Carrying off a government-sponsored stealth rescue (even if some state approved one) would be next to impossible today, because of politics, treachery, and the surveillance capabilities of the targets.

There is no winning scenario in this drama.

AesopFan on May 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I agree my friend, but just so you know you are inferring something I don’t believe. I never said we should have gone in, just that we should not have done this hashtag nonsense and made it worse. Nor did stealth enter the picture, just “If you want to do something, do it. Otherwise shut up.”

There are entire villages that have been slaughtered by muslim violence, far more people have died in that region than these 200 girls recently kidnapped (sad but true). If we are not going to be the world’s policeman (and we can’t be in that area certainly) then at least don’t make the situation worse by amateur hour grandstanding for the cameras.

Irritable Pundit on May 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Can I post pictures or links here?
I’ll assume not, it’s up to ewe to find the funny, funny and relevant picture:

jpattitude DOT com/IHTM/MichelleWithHashtag DOT jpg

Tard on May 12, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Not working, just go to ihatethemedia DOT com and look down part way, picture of the Beast holding a sign. Funny.

Tard on May 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

How loathsome is your religion when you have to force children to “join” it? How cowardly are your “soldiers” that they sneak around like rats, bombing innocents? How tough are you when you have to kidnap little girls? At gunpoint? How stupid are the members of this group that they are afraid that the women will be more intelligent than them?

Gotta love those islamofascists.

DimsdalePiranha on May 12, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Mrs and Mrs President Know-it-all should not be surprised to learn that their support of islamists around the world leads to the slavery of women like this.

There is only one war-on-women and it is islam.

virgo on May 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

These monsters probably forced those girls to convert to Islam or threaten to kill them. They need to be wipe off the face of the earth.

sadsushi on May 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM