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.