Unfortunately the current situation in Nigeria and the public outcry regarding the kidnapped school girls brings to the forefront the misplaced priorities running rampant in today’s world. Make no mistake, the kidnappings are horrific. However, it sadly is another example of people finding a cause without knowing what has really been going on for quite some time.
Boko Haram is one of the most vicious, heartless groups of evil murderers roaming the planet. For years they have been killing people in Nigeria in the most callous and terrifying ways imaginable. Primarily targeting Christians and law enforcement officials, these terrorists have crucified people and burnt them alive. Their behavior is reminiscent of the Nazis in the way they show absolutely no remorse or mercy in how they kill. As awful as the kidnappings are, this action of terrorism is by no means their first act of terror and begs the following question. Where has everyone been till now?
I won’t criticize Michelle Obama or anyone else for tweeting to release the prisoners nor will I criticize anyone for being an activist in the release of these poor girls, because regardless of the motivation the behavior is good behavior and not where the problem lies. Even though I agree with George Will when he makes the statement that the exercise is one in futility and an exercise in self esteem, I also believe in the concept of a good action for the wrong reasons still being a good action. And to be quite frank, that’s not the part that disturbs me. What disturbs me is that we live in a world when no one cares enough when people get murdered and burned alive to take action. Our leadership and the leadership of other nations around the world keep silent until it becomes a popular cause. And the so-called activists who call Israel an apartheid state will never, and I say that confidently, NEVER find any Israeli behaving in the vicious and callous way that the member of Boko Haram have behaved. Yet they have all remained silent. Why? Simply put it is because there is no financial gain or benefit towards their popularity. That and the fact that some people hate Jews more than they value human life.
I hope and pray these girls get returned safely, but I hope and pray even more that somehow the world starts turning into a place where innocent human life is valued. Sadly I am not confident at this time that it will happen any time soon, but in the meantime I’ll keep hoping and praying.