Interesting commentary from Dan Hodges on the West's dilemma:
If Boko Haram don’t bring back our girls, what are we going to do about it? I ask this question because yesterday I saw our Prime Minister do a very strange thing. During a break in his interview with Andrew Marr, he sat next to CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, and held up a bit of paper that asked the Islamist terror group to do just that. “Bring back our girls,” Her Majesty’s first minister demanded.
He’s not alone. Earlier in the week Michelle Obama, the wife of the most powerful man on the planet, stood in the White House and did the same thing. Having held up her sign, she then proceeded to deliver a radio address – unprecedented for a First Lady – in which she said: “In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters.” ...
OK, we’ve decided “something must be done”. So I repeat, what happens if nothing is done? What then? Do we put up more signs. Bigger signs. Get more high-profile advocates. A fundraiser. A pop concert perhaps. Get “Bring back our girls” to number one.
Or should we actually go and get our girls. Send some big, rough men, with very big guns to say to Boko Haram: “We’ve come to take our girls back. And if you try to stop us, it’s the last thing you’ll ever do.”
I'm not unsympathetic to the argument that "We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us." On the other hand, my views on interventionism are roughly those of Russell Kirk, who wrote that "presidents of the United States must not be encouraged to make Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, nor to fancy that they can establish a New World Order through eliminating dissenters." The USA cannot be the world's policeman. Instead, as Kirk wrote, "armed conflict, for all involved, ought to be the last desperate resort, to be entered upon only when all means of diplomacy, conciliation, and compromise have been exhausted." And then the Powell Doctrine must govern.
But that brings me back to Hodges:
Do we want to be the world’s policeman, or do we not? If we don’t, then fine. But let’s take down the signs, and the hashtags, because all we’re doing is communicating our own impotence.
So take them down.