This is for my girls . . . The Chibok girls

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FLOTUS says, “This Is For My Girls,” but what about the Chibok girls?

Ironically, less than one week after FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), Michelle Obama, released her female empowerment music single (This Is For My Girls), news surfaces that both the United States and the United Kingdom knew exactly where many of the Chibok girls were being held; but did nothing. Are you kidding me?!

Shortly after their abduction by the terrorists group Boko Harem, US and UK aerial surveillance revealed not only the exact location of at least 80 of the nearly 300 girls that were kidnapped on April 14, 2014, from their secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, but also chronicled their brutal serial raping. The Americans and the British just watched. Yep, they just watched . . .

Aside voyeurism, what was the purpose of surveillance if not to intervene? I’m certain men were at the video controls, because I refuse to believe women would be as cowardly as to witness the sodomy of almost 100 little girls and do nothing – even FLOTUS was photographed with a handwritten #BringBackOurGirls placard when the girls were initially abducted.

The Western governments have claimed there was nothing they could do to aid the kidnapped girls, being that an approach from either land or air would have been obvious and therefore too risky, putting the girls’ lives in danger. In danger?! Seriously?! They were kidnapped and being continuously and viciously raped!!

The Americans and British felt an attempted rescue would have provoked the terrorists to murder the majority of the 80 girls and feared reprisal against the remaining girls who were not in that particular encampment. So, they just continued to watch the horror of child sexual abuse – child pornography, in fact – unfold in real-time.

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The most powerful country in the history of the world; the world’s lone superpower; the world’s police; the champion of human rights; the purveyor of democracy . . . and they were helpless in stopping the merciless raping of 80 little girls?! C’mon!! The United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave; having the greatest military force ever . . . with all of its technologically advanced weapons of mass destruction: bullets and bombs; drones and laser artillery systems; stealth aircraft and Blackhawk helicopters; armored personnel carriers, battleships and submarines; highly fit, well-fed, well-trained and combat seasoned troops on land, in the air and on and under the sea; green berets, navy seals, black operations, commandos, snipers, mercenaries, assassins and precision killers of every sort – all outfitted with night vision goggles and loads of sci-fi futuristic tactical gear and gadgetry – believed they were at an insuperable disadvantage to even attempt a rescue of the Chibok girls?! Complete nonsense!

The West, however, did warrant their inaction by stating that the Nigerian government, by the way, never asked for help. Seriously?! If they had, what would have been done? It was already determined that any assault upon the terrorists in effort to free the Chibok girls was futile – talk about a defeatist attitude. So, to say Nigeria never asked for help is an obvious and the ultimate copout. Iraq never asked for help, neither did Afghanistan or Syria or any other sovereign state that the US has invaded to liberate the people. The US just goes in, guns blazing and damn the consequences – enter, ISIL. What’s different with the Chibok girls? Is it that they are girls (female)? Nigerian? African? Do #BlackzLivesMatter? I’m seriously struggling to understand, because if one little white girl goes missing for a splinter of a second – at home (Elizabeth Smart) or abroad (Natalee Holloway) – the full weight of the US investigative and armed services are brought to bear in her rescue. To the contrary, when 300 plus little African girls are in plain view being repeatedly sodomized, there’s nothing to be done?! Are you freaking kidding me?!

I am not writing this piece as an opportunity for name calling, but the news of the West knowing the whereabouts of the Chibok girls, only to stand by idle, gazing at their physical and mental destruction (dehumanization), sickens the hell out of me – man or woman, individual or government, you’re a sorry SOB and you’re as sick as the sick murderous terrorists child raping lunatic bastards you’re watching commit the most despicable, unimaginable crimes. Yet, for you it is imaginable, because you actually looked directly at it and then simply looked the other away.

Yes, the Nigerian government proved incapable of rescuing its own little girls – condemnable. Indictments of ineptitude levied against Nigeria’s leadership in every sphere of governance proliferate daily. The point of contention for me rests not with ineffectiveness, but with unwillingness. Rather than do something, anything at all, the West, after admitted calculation, deliberately chose to do absolutely nothing. I recall a rustic colloquialism, “Nothing beats a failure, but a try.” Slightly more elegant words warn, “Don’t let the fear of what could happen, make nothing happen.” Except in this case, rape continued to happen and the peepers just kept right on peeping . . .

Did the US actually feel, outmanned, overwhelmed, helpless, as it were? I seriously doubt it. There’s obviously an underlying political motive at play when the almighty US Military Industrial Complex refused to act, having the Chinok girls squarely in the crosshairs where their abductors should have been. There has to be a political element! Otherwise, global warming is not humanity’s greatest problem at the moment – humanity is, rather, the lack of humanity is humanity’s greatest problem.

We should be reminded . . . or are these words now merely nostalgia; antiquated sentiments relevant only in a time long passed?

“There exists a solidary among men as human beings that makes each co-responsible for every wrong and every injustice in the world, especially for crimes committed in his presence or within his knowledge. If I fail to do whatever I can to prevent them, I too am guilty. If I were present at the murder of others without risking my life to prevent it, I feel guilty in a way not adequately conceivable either legally, politically or morally. That I live after such a thing has happened weighs upon me as indelible guilt.”

~ Karl Jaspers, German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher (1883 – 1969)

“If someone gives me this world with its injustices, it is not so that I may coolly contemplate them but so that I may animate them by my indignation, expose them and show their nature as injustices, that is, as abuses to be suppressed.”

~ Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist (1905 – 1980)

In the final analysis, my words in this piece may very well be meager and otherwise irrelevant, however, my indignation and my outrage are very real, and I add my voice to those exposing this injustice – the abuse inflicted upon these little girls by all sides – otherwise, knowing of it and remaining silent, I am also guilty. So, This is for my girls . . . the Chibok girls.

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ASAR ALKEBULAN

ASAR ALKEBULAN (Uncle ASAR) is an American(ized) African expatriate to West Africa and is a poet, philosopher, storyteller, essayist, lyricist and resolute Pan-Africanist.

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