Much has been written in the past few weeks about Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria and nearby nations called Boko Haram. Boko Haram variously translates into English as “Western education is sinful” or “Books Bad”. All other things being equal, living in the Dark Ages would be a huge step up for these barbarians.
Unfortunately, all other things are not equal. All other things are not even in the same time zone as equal.
Boko Haram has spread terror throughout Nigeria, and capped it off with the kidnapping of between 300 and 400 young teenage girls to be sold, as we are told by Abubakar Shekau himself in a YouTube video, into sexual slavery.
And what does our Smartest-Guy-in-the-Room (SGITR) President offer the mothers and fathers of these Nigerian children? Aid in forensic crime investigation, that’s what was offered.
Really. You can’t make this up. Any effort to parody the Obama Administration falls flat since it’s so difficult to determine what is a parody and what is native idiocy.
I find it all the more appalling that Obama has two daughters. Doesn’t he have any compassion for the parents of those girls? I have one daughter, and as a father I am enraged. I’m enraged at these uncivilized animals of Boko Haram. I’m enraged at the utter incompetence of the Nigerian President and his government. I am enraged at the utter callousness of the civilized world for not responding with the full power and might of all civilized peoples, no matter how much they compete in other areas.
As I was watching a news report last evening about this pack of Islamic jackals, I realized that there is a way to send a clear and unequivocal message to the rest of the world that certain things will never be tolerated.
If I was sitting in the White House, I would pick up the phone and talk to Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, the President of China, and offer the following:
a) Each of our three nations would create a combined military force of 3,500 men each to go after Boko Haram, and free the children that have been kidnapped.
b) The rules of engagement would be simple. Any member of Boko Haram found within 100 yards of a female child under the age of 18 will be considered guilty of a crime against humanity and summarily executed.
c) The three of us would jointly appear in front of the United Nations announcing that the U.N. can accept our program, or they can accept our program. Not a real big selection of options, since all three of our nations have a veto on the Security Council, so they had better live with it, but the kidnapping and sexual slavery of anyone, of any age, by any nation-state or radical group will never be tolerated.
d) The three nations would announce that active involvement would commence in 96 hours. Privately, the three presidents would advise our military commanders that if all 3,500 men are not on the ground at the end of that 96 hours, they better hope that have their retirements planned carefully.
Each country would fill the ranks of the 3,500 troops with nothing but volunteers. Volunteers who must have a least one daughter. I might also suggest to my counterparts in Russia and China that they stand aside after they make that call for volunteers because the rush of enraged fathers might knock them over.
By defining the ROE as “shoot to kill and don’t bother taking prisoners” and then enforcing it, no terrorist will ever again be able to tell himself “Well, Guantanamo isn’t all that bad”. They’re right in that assessment of course, but dead is always worse. No lawyers, no appeals, no discovery phase, no forensic and DNA disputes. Proximity to a victim becomes prima facie evidence, and will result in immediate execution of sentence.
Too often the smaller nations of the world have played a game that relies on the same strategy children have used successfully for years, namely pulling one of those “If you say no, I’ll just ask Mommy!” If we don’t accede to whatever demands that Lower Slobbovia makes, they tell us that Russia or China will. A joint appearance of the Presidents of Russia, China and the United States will tell every nation that in this case, those days are over, at least on the matter of the sexual slavery of minors.
In addition to eliminating the menace of Boko Haram, the other nations of the world will see the United States, Russia and China working together toward a common goal, helping each other and undercutting the power of the members of the Islamic world to spread their poison without ever once claiming that it is Islam to be the underlying problem. But the message will be sent – if we can do it once, we can do it again. And we will.
Who knows, this might even do some good in the foreign policy area, not that Obama or Kerry would recognize it.