Thursday, May 8, 2014

More Hashtag Diplomacy Against Terrorists

Just when I thought that Jen Psaki's "power of hashtag" must be one of the most inane and worthless bits of pandering, even by State Department standards, along comes no less than Michelle Obama, the woman who stands behind the man who leads from behind, with this contribution:

"This is me, looking concerned."

"Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families.  It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. - mo"

Now just what does she expect this will do, other than pump up her Park Avenue creds with the Kumbaya base?  International news services simply aren't up to the task of reporting news anymore?  Her pouty duck face of sadness will only provide some mirth to the Boko Haram terrorists who have kidnapped hundreds of adolescent schoolgirls as fodder for the sex slave trade – yet another unanswered example of the Muslim war on Christians.  (I tossed in that last fact, since press reports typically do not.)

The recent attacks also resulted in up to 300 people slaughtered in the process: throats cut, shot in the head, some burned alive.

Interestingly, Hillary Clinton repeatedly and inexplicably refused to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization, despite many attempts by the CIA, FBI, the Justice Department, Africa Command, and members of Congress to have her make that declaration.  This was hand-in-glove with the refusal to recognize a terrorist risk in Benghazi because, after all, the Obama campaign kept insisting that groups like the al Qaeda-affiliated Boko Haram were no longer a problem.

These attacks and their scale are nothing new; last February some 50 boys were slaughtered at Buni Yadi, and 40 were slaughtered last September.  These atrocities dove-tail into other attacks, some occurring weekly, where hundreds are killed.  The gender of the victims seems to have been a factor in taking more widespread notice.

Does Michelle actually believe that the families of the girls will receive some solace from this narcissistic little tweet?

Other celebrities have to get in on the act, solidifying their Feelings® bona fides.  Now that will make a big difference.


How do we properly attack the problem of terrorists?  Track them down and kill them.  That takes time and commitment – anything of real value does.

With terrorists, whether you counter-attack or not, you will encourage them.  You either let them attack you, or you fight back.  Fighting fanatics makes them angrier still, but it at least has the real advantage of killing them.  They will be dissuaded no other way.

You have to speak to people in a language they understand.

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