Friday, May 9, 2014

The marines have landed in Nigeria

...and the social media campaign against Boko Haram is being run by Michele Obama, Malala Yousufzai and Angelina Jolie, master-class women all.

Finding the girls will be very difficult if not impossible, even with the prize money awarded, many (if not most) have probably crossed international borders. Locally in Borno state you have dense forests and secure hide-outs. Saddam Hussein hiding in a foxhole scenarios are unlikely.

OTOH it should not be difficult to find a few Mir Jafars amongst the Boko Haram units. 

The exact troop combination is unclear, it is better to work with private agencies (like Blackwater) and to outsource all the "enhanced interrogations" to them. Else you run the danger of antagonizing the entire liberal universe who will be rising in action against the evil neo-cons (who are probably using Boko Haram as a front in a bid to control all African resources). 
A US task force set up to help find the 276 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has arrived in Nigeria to assist with the hunt.
Military, law-enforcement and development experts, including some skilled in hostage negotiations, also plan to tackle the rising threat from Boko Haram. France, Britain and China have also offered help.

The US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now and they are going to be working in concert with President Goodluck Jonathan's government to do everything we can to return these girls to their families and their communities.
"We are also going to do everything possible to counter the menace of Boko Haram."

The latest developments follow a request by Nigerian President Jonathan to Barack Obama for help, with the US President vowing to "do to everything we can" to help find the girls, whose abduction from a secondary school on 14 April triggered international outrage.

A social media campaign, using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, has been credited with highlighting the Nigerian government's response to the kidnappings and on Boko Haram's other attacks and kidnappings, which have terrorized local communities.

US First Lady Michelle Obama and human rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai are among high-profile figures to join worldwide calls for the return of the schoolgirls on Twitter.
UN envoy Angelina Jolie today said the culture of impunity was to blame for the kidnappings.

"I'm actually sickened by it," she said. "And the thought of them out there now, terrified and being abused and sold.
"It's infuriating and it kind of goes beyond understanding that someone could do this.
"I think it speaks of a bigger problem which is that because of the lack of impunity and because people believe they can get away with this people will commit these kind of crimes.

Earlier, President Jonathan said he hoped a 'turning point" had been reached with the ongoing threat of terrorism in the country and the battle against Boko Haram.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum being hosted in the capital, Abuja, he said: "I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria."


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