Sunday, May 11, 2014

Faux Humanitarian Missions are the Rage for Western Intervention in the Third World.

By Eric Margolis

The kidnapping of some 200 girls in northern Nigeria has sparked world outrage. It’s a perfect media sensation: exotic locale and remarkably nasty kidnappers from a northern rebel movement, Boko Haram.

I’ve long been a connoisseur of Third World nasties, starting way back in the 60’s with Haiti’s voodoo chief, Papa Doc. Most have been nobodies who achieved instant international prominence by shooting off their mouths, making lurid threats and committing some dramatic outrage.

The latest is Boko Haram’s chief, a certain Abubakar Shekau. This lunatic has become a world bogeyman by kidnapping the school girls, gleefully prancing in front of TV cameras, and vowing to sell them into marital slavery.

Howls of fury erupted from leftist women’s groups in the US, and from President Barack Obama’s liberal warrior women, Susan Rice and UN ambassador Susan Powers. Hillary Clinton lost no time in...

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1 comment:

  1. We're dealing with textbook sociopaths in Washington. They are incapable of sympathy. The crocodile tears and stupid photos with them holding up signs is all done for domestic political considerations. If they can score some cheap political points, they'll do so.

    No thought will be given to the backlash from further involvement in Nigeria's very messy and complex internal struggles. They clearly haven't learned any lessons from the disasters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria or Ukraine, mostly because the people giving the orders and setting policy do not suffer the consequences.

    It is the local people who die and whose property is destroyed. The 18-year-old soldiers are the ones being placed in harm's way. It is the taxpayer who has to foot the bill for these failed foreign policy interventions. The politicians will take credit where none is due, and will avoid any blame for the inevitable disasters their policies cause.