Voices calling for action from the Capitol, bring Nigerian girls home

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  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    May 25, 2014 10:07 p.m.

    Reminding us that these poor girls are still missing does nothing but add to their captors sense of success. Their goal is to call attention to their radical, terrorist selves. So, congratulations to each of you who are so graciously playing into the hands of these terrorists so well. Unless somebody is planning to actually do something besides holding up signs on facebook or organizing rallies, these well meaning social activists are wasting their time. I appreciate their concern, but they change nothing. If they want to collect money to hire mercenaries to get the job done, then maybe they can accomplish something. If they want to put pressure on the appropriate government to do something, good for them. But frankly, I don't think terrorists are scared or influenced by the "save our girls" social media campaign. And if a government hasn't acted on behalf of its own citizens by now, it probably won't. I want those girls home as much as anybody, but think this is a waste of time and just a feel good ploy by the media.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    May 25, 2014 11:29 a.m.

    ER in AF,
    ...and if one of "those girls" were your child?

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    May 25, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    Someone, some people have to have permission our authority of the Nigerian Govt to go into the bush and extract the girls. Would their Muslim captors kill them and fade away? Good luck to those who try. Without US help I don['t see the Nigerians succeeding. It is a country of 178 million half are Muslims who may not care. A tough call. I applaud those keeping it in the news.

  • Abdulameer Chicago, IL
    May 25, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    It is misleading to characterize Boko Haram as an "Islamic extremist group". They are extremist only in the sense that they are following their Koran literally whereas most Moslems don't. The Koran specifically permits the capture and enslavement of non-Moslems, and it permits Moslems to use their captive female slaves for sex. Also, the name "Boko Haram" is only the nickname of the group, and it means "Non-Islamic education is forbidden". The Real name of the group is "The Congregation of Muhammad's Traditions, Proselytization and Jihad". They are a thoroughly Islamic group, no more "extremist" than Al Qaeda, the taliban, the Somalian Al Shabab, Hamas, Hizbullah or even The Muslim Brotherhood and many other Islamic terrorist groups in many countries too numerous to mention here.

    American Moslem groups, concerned about public relations and Islam's image, will issue pro forma condemnations of Boko Haram, but they never even hint at the Islamic sacred texts which Boko Haram uses to justify its acts.

  • ER in AF Harare, Zimbabwe, 00
    May 25, 2014 12:31 a.m.

    We cannot do everything. We cannot save everyone. I live in Africa,I have lived elsewhere in Africa and Asia. My daughter is in India right now weighing out how best to serve and save. We cannot save everyone. They are not "our" girls. The US cannot ever hope to eradicate problems or suffering. If we do try we will only expend what breath we have and not accomplish what we can do. We should focus on the answers to questions that we can answer, and realize that other peoples and nations have responsibility to address "their" problems and needs We should not engender the response by all nations to look to us (US) to fix everything. We cannot.