January 16, 2015 10:00 pm -


You might not have noticed, but the world has acquired a new country. With its own capital, army and self-styled “emir,” this domain possesses some of the features of statehood. But don’t expect an application to join the United Nations: the consuming ambition of this realm is to reverse just about every facet of human progress…

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

25 responses to Boko Haram Created Its Own Country While The World Looked Elsewhere

  1. edmeyer_able January 16th, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    With the apparent corruption of the leadership in Nigeria, it doesn’t look good for a satisfactory outcome for the citizens. Correct me if this wrong.

    • neworleans878 January 16th, 2015 at 11:05 pm

      Big oil ain’t been any help either…there are numerous instances of big oil bribing government officials in Nigeria.

    • John Henry January 16th, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      It seems to me like a cake is baking, and everyone is standing around watching it cook. Once Boko Haram decimates the government and the people, then the world will show up “to save them”. War will be staged, and a new government will be setup with an occupying police force. I hope not, but that seems to be the pattern.

    • rg9rts January 17th, 2015 at 2:59 am

      It’s a muslim christian thing…the north is muslim…the power of the government is in the christian south. BH operates in the north. The world response is like Rwanda ….Oh how could this happen??”

    • burqa January 17th, 2015 at 9:59 am

      That is the critical factor. It is also the thread that has doomed our good intentions in country after country, going back to Vietnam. Same with Iraq and Afghanistan. we support these corrupt regimes the people don’t support.

    • Snick1946 January 17th, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Nigeria’s government is a joke. Their president ‘Goodluck’ Jonathan seems totally incompetent and his wife seems more concerned with keeping up her fashionable image than doing anything worthwhile. A couple of bozos.

  2. fancypants January 17th, 2015 at 1:11 am

    at this point BH can create their own currency for all I care These clowns have had way more press then they deserve

  3. rg9rts January 17th, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Nothing secret about it…Watched it on BBC…It was ignored probably because it was a “Black” issue…Can you imagine the world response if 200+ white girls were kidnapped to be sold off into marriage and slavery???

    • Suzanne McFly January 17th, 2015 at 9:21 am

      And now the girls are used as suicide bombers.

      • rg9rts January 17th, 2015 at 9:41 am

        10- year olds aren’t of much use to them yet.

        • Suzanne McFly January 17th, 2015 at 9:56 am

          How sick is that? Hell for them can’t come soon enough.

          • rg9rts January 17th, 2015 at 10:31 am

            It has arrived and the world just ignores it..

        • Mephistophiles January 17th, 2015 at 10:36 am

          Oh, I don’t know. The prophet Mohammed found good use for a 9 year old.

    • burqa January 17th, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Yeah, I’ve been following developments there for years. Unfortunately, a lot of it is in little news feature roundups in the newspapers. I gotta think it’s not easy to report.
      I don’t see a U.S. strategic interest there. Boko haram is evil as can be, but they are concerned with local affairs.

      • rg9rts January 17th, 2015 at 9:38 am

        Black…Muslims…no oil

  4. Apocalypse January 17th, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Do 2000 black lives matter as much as a dozen white cartoonist?

    • burqa January 17th, 2015 at 10:01 am

      We have a strategic interest in supporting our oldest ally with whom we have many ties. French intelligence has helped us a great deal in North Africa all the way over to Lebanon and into Syria, probably. They have assets we don’t.
      What is our strategic interest in Nigeria?

      • Apocalypse January 17th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

        Nice conservative attitude toward humanity…

        • Bunya January 17th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

          Our conservative posters here lean toward a more “what can you do for me?” attitude. They like to save their humanitarian services for a good photo op.

  5. Apocalypse January 17th, 2015 at 3:29 am

    The use of the word Islamists in this article is no longer politically correct.

  6. Apocalypse January 17th, 2015 at 3:37 am

    While diverting funds to fight the Islamic State in Iraq, the US seems unwilling to address Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.”

  7. jasperjava January 17th, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Boko Haram is so evil, they make Republicans almost look sane in comparison.

    • Suzanne McFly January 17th, 2015 at 9:19 am

      And that is saying a lot.

  8. Apocalypse January 17th, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  9. Apocalypse January 17th, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    The horror…