Guest Column: Can America save everyone?
I would like nothing more than to hear on the news that our FBI or Navy Seals have found and saved the 276 kidnapped girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram. There are reports that some of the girls have already died or are sick due to poisonous snakebites. They and their families are suffering. They need help.
Boko Haram has led a five-year Islamic uprising in Nigeria that has taken the lives of thousands of people, both Muslim and Christian. Just this week an attack on Gamboru, which is on the border of Cameroon, took the lives of 300 people. In recent weeks Boko Haram's regime has been responsible for the kidnapping of 276 young girls and is threatening to sell them into slavery. This year alone, at least 1,500 people have been killed by this terroristic group. Nigeria is a nation of approximately 170 million people. The country is half Muslim and half Christian. The religious regime feels that Western influences are corrupting Nigeria and that a Muslim state must be enforced.
Abubakar Shekau is the leader of Boko Haram which means, western education is a sin. Shekau has been in hiding with his ruthless and depraved army in the Sambisa Forest. The forest is reportedly 23,000 square miles of thick, tall vegetation filled with poisonous snakes, lions and monkeys. It is extremely difficult to navigate.
There is no place in our world for this kind of ideology carried out in the name of religion. Shekau and his militant bloodthirsty supporters are deranged psychos who wreak misery on anyone with whom they come into contact.
America cannot run to every nation and put out every fire. Ukraine, Syria, Egypt and many other places are filled with serious problems and could use our help. I do not believe we are the world's police. Nigeria is considered a very poor country but their economy is growing. They are Africa's largest oil producer with billions of dollars in oil sales. Unfortunately most of the Nigerian wealth is in the hands of a few people and corruption abounds from business to government. They seriously need to utilize some of their oil money to develop a stronger military and police force to protect them.
America cannot take care of everybody. However, trying to help Nigeria develop a better defense is something we should do and I hope we can be successful. This shouldn't require five thousand troops. However, it may require our government sending FBI, Navy Seals, or whoever to locate and deal with Abubakar Shekau. Surely we have one drone just for him.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author.