No More Hashtags. Start Acting.

Kidnapped schoolgirls are seen at an unknown location in this still image taken from an undated video released by Boko Haram

If only the 275 Nigerian Christian girls were abducted by plane! 29 countries would be looking for the schoolgirls instead of the handful of countries talking about the Boko Haram abduction. Remember, the 29 countries organized as a global coalition to look for Malaysian Airliner in the bottom of the Indian Ocean? If only Boko Haram flew the hostages out of Chibok, perhaps the world would provide over 57 ships and 48 aircraft, defense assets, powerful new sophisticated technology to look for the innocent girls abducted from their boarding school.  No expense was spared to look for the 227 Malaysian Air passengers, as dozens of military ships and thousands of international military and defense personnel were deployed to search for Flight 370 passengers buried some 2 miles down in the vast ocean. So why haven’t 29 countries joined forces to look for the poor Nigerian girls?

Tragically, no such worldwide cooperation or massive effort is underway to look for 275 Nigerian Christian girls whose only mistake was going to school.

Instead, the world listens to lame and whiny complaints about the difficult terrain in the forests of Borno state ruled by Boko Haram. The U.S. provides pathetic excuses that the abuses of the Nigerian army prevent the U.S. from full engagement to actively look for the girls, although the abuses of the Chinese government and the Pakistani governments didn’t prevent the U.S. from joining forces in an international flotilla to look for the Malaysian plane within the vast Indian Ocean. The Nigerian and U.S. government provide plenty of reasons why this is a difficult case, i.e. the schoolgirls have probably been separated, and disbursed or sold into slavery. Or the girls are no longer kept together in a group of 275, or have been trafficked into other countries, so it is much more complicated to find them. So what? They talk and they hashtag while the girls are trafficked, exploited, beaten, raped, genitally mutilated, and forced into marriages.  Excuses abound and the girls are not found.

The hottest topic on the world stage is human trafficking. Everyone is talking and concerned about the scourge of modern slavery. Yet, when the world sees human trafficking in action by Boko Haram who reports that it will “sell the girls in the human market” the world sits idly by with diplomatic and military excuses. Millions embraced social media and hashtagged their outrage in 5 seconds worth of key strokes. All done, now. Everyone has done their part for humanity’s latest tragedy.

Wars won’t be won, nor terrorists defeated with social media.

The Islamic terrorists of Boko Haram have already killed 12,000 people and maimed and injured over 8,000 others. Boko Haram is surely laughing over the feckless global social media campaign.  These violent terrorists are raging war in Northern Nigeria, burning down churches, burning alive over 50 schoolboys and terrorizing everyone in their wake. In the last week, they killed over 300 civilians in a village in the State of Borno. Apparently, the hashtag revolution hasn’t intimidated or stopped Boko Haram from its killing spree.

Terrorists understand only one thing: strategic intimidating and overwhelming force.

Senator John McCain and Sen. Bob Corker recommended U.S. Special Forces to rescue the girls. Why hasn’t the U.N. deployed its UN Special Combat fighting team to rescue the girls as it did in 2013 to fight rebels in the Congo? What are they waiting for?

Sorry, folks, hashtags may make you feel better but they provide no comfort to the school girls who are waiting and hoping for someone to rescue them. The world waits like the frightened and apathetic appeaser, who talks, but never acts. The cautionary words of Winston Churchill are especially apt, “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”

Remember that the next time that Boko Haram strikes. It will be worse. Don’t bother to hashtag.


Categories:Family Feature Pro-Life Social Media Youth

  • James

    Well, honestly, you cannot berate the US for trying to have an active, interventionist role in other countries, then turn around and demand that the US do exactly that. You either want us to be the world policeman, or you don’t. Do I think the US should get involved here? Absolutely, but you cannot turn around 3 weeks later and yell at us for doing so.

    • Joshua Mercer

      Good point. That’s a valid criticism.

  • Lou

    I feel Sick when we don’t do nothing, having the means… All we do is measure very thing by the money wish does not have value anymore… If I had the means, I wold volunteer for free… We are universal Soldiers, we are Catholic Soldiers…

  • Quanah

    Some suggestions on what we the little people (and I’m not being sarcastic) can do would be good. Seriously, what are we suppose to do. I pray for these girls. I post things about them and other atrocities happening in the world to raise awareness. Today there was a global march for these girls. What exactly do you suggest we do? I am asking this truly. What? Write senators? representatives? the president? Have our government risk yet another war by violating the borders of another nation because they aren’t doing the job they should be? Sanctions? (Not that those seem to do any good). I completely agree with what you have written, but you have offered no concrete suggestions for what we, the common man and woman, can do. It is effectively another hashtag.

  • Will

    We could send the Army and Marines over there and fix everything. Oh, wait. We tried that in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. and it did not work and cost lots of lives and money.

  • Victoria

    Come on! I can’t act on a complaint that social media is y working. Yeah. We already know that social media doesn’t help, yet this article pretends to give a solution. Waste of time.

  • Mary G. Smith

    There is nothing left to say. You said it all and you said it well and directly!



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