President Selfie

Recently we have been treated to warfare by hashtag from our State Department. Kevin Williamson has a good article on it over at National Review.

Imagine, if you can, the abjectly juvenile state of mind necessary to contemplate the hundreds of Nigerian girls taken into slavery by a fanatical Muslim anti-education militia — whose characteristic activity beyond slave-taking is setting fire to children — and, in the face of all that horror, concluding: “You know what this situation really calls for? A cutesy picture of . . . me!”

I am wondering how pictures such as this one


are supposed to help anything.  It is like the leaders of the most powerful country the world has ever known have looked at the tools which are at their disposal from an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, to arming and training the Nigerian army or providing them with intelligence, and have decided that the most effective one would be to take a picture… of themselves no less.  Needless to say Williamson is right.  This is juvenile posturing and is insulting to the victims of terrorism who are being used as a prop.

These images aren’t even aimed at the terrorists.  There is no dialog being opened, no threats being issued.  Indeed the terrorists will never see them.  The purpose is solely political and a specific audience is being aimed at in the US.  There is no mention of the boys being killed.  There is no mention of the Christians being killed and forced out of the country.  But girls are part of the officially recognized victim coalition in the US so it is OK to express outrage over what has happened to them.  It ties into the War on Women meme where one party pretends to be exquisitely and exclusively concerned over women, even if that means ignoring (or even adding to) the suffering of everyone else.  I mean, it is not as if there is a group in the US who advocates kidnapping little girls so who is the First Lady trying to convince with her spiffy little sign?

Meanwhile, back in Nigeria where civilians are banned from owning weapons, the civilians nevertheless managed to arm themselves anyway and the result is;

Residents of three villages in northeastern Nigeria took security into their own hands this week, repelling attacks by Boko Haram insurgents and killing more than 200 of them, residents and officials said.

Hundreds of Boko Haram fighters stormed the villages of Menari, Tsangayari and Garawa in the ethnic Shuwa-dominated Kalabalge District on Tuesday. Boko Haram — the group responsible for the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the same region — was met with stiff resistance as locals put up a fierce fight, witnesses said.

A Twitter hashtag will no more help these people than a video killed our ambassador in Libya.  Our elite live in a world where words are all that matter.  They think if they say something that it must be so.  The world doesn’t work that way.  Only children think that it does.  Williamson is right about the adolescent and unserious nature of our leadership.

This is the administration of the empty gesture because that is all an empty mind can produce..

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