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Hashtag diplomacy update: Boko Haram grabs 60 more girls

Hashtag diplomacy update: Boko Haram grabs 60 more girls

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Let’s check in with Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist group that kidnapped the young women our hashtag diplomats wanted back, and then forcibly converted them to Islam.  What are they up to these days, CNN?

Boko Haram Islamists abducted 60 females, including children, and killed 30 men last week in a raid of a village in northeastern Nigeria, two sources said Tuesday.

Dressed as soldiers, the gunmen invaded the village of Kummabza in Borno state on June 18 and held the people hostage for four days, the sources said.

After killing the 30 male villagers and looting food supplies, they whisked away 60 female hostages and set the village on fire with petrol bombs and explosives, a senior local government official said. Some of the kidnapped girls were between the ages of 3 and 12.

Not only is the local government doing very little about this, but they’re even reluctant to discuss it, speaking only “on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from Boko Haram.”

Looks like we’re gonna need a bigger hashtag.

The big problem with this nonsense is that it makes the participants – and the nation they purportedly represent – look weak and feckless.  What’s happening in Nigeria is awful, but if you want to say it’s not America’s problem and we can’t do much about it, that’s a logical position.  As soon as the First Lady and her fellow travelers started circulating those hashtag photos and selfies, it became America’s problem… and the savages have made a point of emphasizing our impotence.  The loss of our international prestige is significant, especially since Iraq is currently giving the world a brutal lesson in the uselessness of the United States as a patron or ally.

Apologists for hashtag diplomacy used to say it wasn’t directed at Boko Haram, which isn’t really noted for enthusiastically embracing social media, but rather at the civilized world, in a consciousness-raising exercise.  How’s that working out for everyone?

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