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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Abducted Nigerian girls: No one has the military will to deal with the situation

Ann McFeatters’ syndicated column regarding the kidnapping and enslavement of more than 200 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram certainly states the problem [“Evil must be confronted,” Opinion, May 14]. However, I don’t see her offering any solution.

She informs us that “all 20 women U.S. senators demand to know why it was taking so long to find the stolen girls.” I can answer that one: no country has the military ability and willingness to deal with Boko Haram.

McFeatters closes her essay saying, “We must make human traffickers afraid. We must make clear that civilized people will not tolerate this evil.” Yet she doesn’t say a word about any country, U.S. or otherwise, mustering a military response capable of finding and rescuing the more than 200 girls.

If the developed and democratic world is not willing to live up to its military responsibilities, the Boko Haram kidnapping incident in Nigeria is just the beginning of what the result will be. Yes, the U.S.’s military budget is expensive. And yes, it is a large percentage of our overall budget. But what price does anyone (particularly critics of the military) put on the 200 Nigerian girls?

Freedom is not free.

Richard Askren, Seattle

Comments | More in Terrorism | Topics: Ann McFeatters, Boko Haram, Nigeria

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