I have generally stayed out of the Boko Haram issue. Mainly because I really had nothing to say on the topic. I understand the problems with the Boko Haram in that they are similar to the Indian Naxalites, operating out of strongholds where there is an effective governmental black hole, but I also didn’t want to speculate.
It turns out that their leader likes supervillain rants and hamming it up, while they girls are hostages.
Now here is the thing? There is precious little we can do about this. We are in effect all “slacktivists”. Boko Haram kind of hates western influences. They aren’t worrying about the number of likes their page on Facebook is getting nor about twitter campaigns. [Read more...]