With the amazingly somber and shocking events that took place in Nigeria on April 14th, 2014, I was quite confused. My first though was “How in the hell does 230 girls get kidnapped from ONE PLACE and it happens without a hitch”? It actually saddens me that this occurred so easily. Beyond the sadness, this is a human travesty and a violation of any kind of humanitarian consideration. With that said, there are plenty of us outraged for those 230 Nigerian girls that were kidnapped.

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For people in the U.S., this event is nothing short of bizarre. For those in Nigeria, this is an extreme version of a common practice.

Nigerian Girls Stolen by Boka Haram

This heinous act of terror happened at the hands of the Boko Haram. Boko Haram is anIslamic jihadist and takfiri militant and terrorist organization based in the northeast of Nigeria, north Cameroon and Niger[1]. Their purpose is straight forward Islamic purity powered by sharia law. With an estimated 10,000 declared by their actions over the last decade, Boko Haram is known for attacking Christians and government targets, churches, schools, police stations, and even western tourists[2]. In short, Boko Haram ain’t nothing to mess with.

Oh, and Boko Haram means “Western education is sinful” in their local language. You cannot make this stuff up.

kidnapped-nigerian-girls (1)All that is happening to these girls is nothing short of disgusting capitalism. The students are being sold for 2,000 naira — about $12 — to marry the fighters [3]. There have been mass weddings within the Sambisa Forest. Pogu Bitrus , a community elder of the town where the girls were abducted (Chibok), told the BBC that some of the girls “have been married off to insurgents [in] a medieval kind of slavery [4].” If there is anything more motivating than religion, it would have to be cash.

Nigerian Girls Stolen With Little Response

With all of this said, it makes me want to ask this question: where is the unified, American led/influenced response that would include armed soldiers?

I am not trying to imply that the United States (or any other powerful nation) have the responsibility to help. As much as this situation is an outrage, it is still a Nigerian problem. Whatever it is they need to do should be worked out from within.

However, have you ever noticed that America has the tendency to declare itself the “police of the world”? I know that I am not the only one that has noticed this. Anytime that some worldwide act of madness occurs (albeit it manmade or natural), the United States is quick to respond. It will either send some support or send its soldiers to try and rectify the situation. Wanted or unwarranted, the U.S. is good at international intervention.

Nigerian kidnapped girls

So, why is there no intervention in this international situation?

The US did not intervene because; by large, interfering/helping does not benefit the United States in the long run. Is there any oil coming from Nigeria for us to plunder and sell at immense prices? Is there some type of inside business deal going on? Is there some sort of set up that leads Americans in full support of whatever underhanded/secret plot to reap revenue? To be fair, we have to remember that many of the U.S.’s military excursions are supported and motivated by monetary units.

In the end, those 230 young ladies deserve to be free. There is much more that the Nigerian government could do. Then again, there is much more the world could do. It should be saddening that a group labeled dangerous by the US Department of justice has run amok. However, being involved does not benefit “US”. So, “US” will do very little until that benefit is seen.

America: a country that, by far, knows how to be consistent in its priorities.

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