Nigeria’s 9-11

13 Jan

On September 11, 2001, almost 3000 people were killed in the most devastating of terrorist attacks on United States soil.  As a rally cry, the U.S., Canada, Britain, Norway, Australia, and several other nations invaded and occupied Afghanistan and eventually Iraq in order to flush out Al Qaeda and punish their leader, Osama bin Laden.

It took over ten years later, bin Laden was found and executed.  He was one of the leaders of Al Qaeda during the initial bombing at the World Trade Center, and the eventual mastermind behind the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

While those conflicts still go on, and as military presence and occupation still take place in Afghanistan and Iraq, the organization Boko Haram has made violent in roads in Nigeria.  Boko Haram first made major news when they successfully kidnapped 276 school girls saying that girls should not be in school and that girls as young as 9 are suitable for marriage.

And now, Boko Haram is responsible for an attack that literally has wiped a small town off the face of the Earth.  In affect, Nigeria has had their own version of 9-11.

So what happens now?  What does the rest of the world do to help?  This has been a problem that has plagued this region for a number of years, and it’s most likely been a thorn in the side of Nigerian authority and government.  But we can’t really send in troops to help clean things up.  It’s already been proven that this doesn’t help the local population.

In response to the 9-11 attacks, over a million people in Afghanistan and Iraq have died due to American and Allied occupation forces.  That’s a staggering number that dwarfs those killed on September 11, 2001.  More deaths isn’t the answer.


Posted by on January 13, 2015 in Life, randomness


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2 responses to “Nigeria’s 9-11

  1. 3boxesofbs

    January 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

    More deaths isn’t the answer.

    So you don’t think the murderous thugs who did this should answer for their actions with their lives?

    What should we do with people who are not willing to conform to societal standards; even in war, there has allows been unacceptable deaths. Doesn’t think qualify?

    In response to the 9-11 attacks, over a million people in Afghanistan and Iraq have died due to American and Allied occupation forces

    You seem to be off by an order of magnitude there. Too many to be sure, but let’s use real and honest facts in any conversation about the subject.

    Bob S.

  2. Tim

    January 16, 2015 at 10:54 am

    From Casualties of Iraq War (wikipedia), Coalition Casualties In Afghanistan, and Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan:

    A total of 4,491 U.S. service members were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2014. Regarding the Iraqis (see Tables section below), however, information on both military and civilian casualties is both less precise and less consistent. Estimates of casualty levels are available from reporters on the scene, from officials of involved organizations, and from groups that summarize information on incidents reported in the news media.

    And for Iraqis:

    Iraq Family Health Survey – 151,000 violent deaths – March 2003 to June 2006
    Lancet survey – 601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deaths – March 2003 to June 2006
    Opinion Research Business survey – 1,033,000 deaths as a result of the conflict – March 2003 to August 2007
    PLOS Medicine Survey – Approximately 500,000 deaths in Iraq as direct or indirect result of the war. – March 2003 to June, 2011

    In Afghanistan:

    As of 26 November 2014, there have been 3,387 coalition deaths in Afghanistan as part of ongoing coalition operations (Operation Enduring Freedom and ISAF) since the invasion in 2001. In this total, the American figure is for deaths “In and Around Afghanistan” which, as defined by the United States Department of Defense, includes some deaths in Pakistan and Uzbekistan and the deaths of 12 CIA operatives.

    In addition to these deaths in Afghanistan, another 52 U.S. and one Canadian soldier were killed in other countries while supporting operations in Afghanistan. The total also omits the 62 Spanish soldiers returning from Afghanistan who died in Turkey on 26 May 2003, when their plane crashed.

    Estimates in Afghanistan by both Coalition forces and by insurgents put the number of civilian deaths somewhere around 150,000 (low estimate). That, combined with the civilian and American deaths in Iraq, that pushes the total over 1 million dead. And each of those pages at wiki have citations pointing to several dozen other organizations that confirm and support the numbers presented.

    As for unwanted deaths, I will not condone more killing to satisfy an aspect of revenge. I will condone the apprehension of such criminals to be brought to justice, which they should. I’m not so willing to condemn myself and kill a large number of people (Boko Haram is estimated to have over 8,000 members). But if a military action takes place in order to stop Boko Haram, then so be it.

    You seem to be reading something that isn’t there at all. And as for the estimates of the dead, I use more than one source for my findings, but I’m not in the mood to post dozens of links.


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