A few thoughts about the ongoing Boko Haram mess in Nigeria.....
1.) Thousands of girls have been kidnapped murdered and worse in The Congo no one seems very excited. Our hastag selfie president's not too interested in that. Nigeria supplies 10% of the USA's oil imports. That’s what this is about!
2.) Prior to 2009, Boko Haram was a fringe group with kooky 8th century views but not particularly violent. After setting up their own form of police force in Northern Nigeria due to the fact that the government police force was corrupt and often sexually assaulted Muslim women, there was a mini-war between the two that ended with the government killing scores of civilians and then arresting and murdering without trial the leader of Boko Haram. That’s when the violence from Boko Haram started (not to be confused with government violence).
3.) When John McCain says US troops should go in whether or not the Nigerian govt wants it, he is laying the soul of the neo conservative bare.The neo cons want a war –Doesn’t matter if it’s here, Syria, Iran, Ukraine. Truth is there are no good guys. The government of Nigeria is a democracy in name only – corrupt and dictatorial, arresting political opponents, murdering civilians. Let Nigeria sort out their own mess. This is a civil war and THE US SHOULD STAY OUT!