Suddenly, condemning Boko Haram has become the cause ‘du jour’

A frame from a video of a man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram

Everyone is piling on. The US has sent a team to Nigeria, Congress and Obama are outraged.

U.S. President Barack Obama issued a somber warning on Wednesday that the kidnapping of Nigerian girls and sectarian conflicts worldwide are a sign that “we have not extinguished man’s darkest impulses.”

Obama accepted a humanitarian award from director Steven Spielberg at the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, a Holocaust museum founded by Spielberg after he made the film “Schindler’s List.”

Obama spoke about a variety of global conflicts including Ukraine, Syria, and the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.

Meanwhile, British special forces have joined a growing international effort to locate and rescue hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria.

SAS liaison officers, based in the capital Abuja, have switched their focus to evaluating Britain’s capacity to help the rescue, which has been dogged by claims of delays and incompetence.

They will be joined within days by a team of Whitehall experts that is being sent in direct response to the hostage crisis. The team includes a senior military officer and civil servants from the Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development.

David Cameron spoke by telephone yesterday to Goodluck Jonathan, the president of Nigeria, and condemned the kidnapping of more than 250 female students in the remote northeast of the country three weeks ago as “an act of pure evil”.

Just in: France sends agents to Nigeria and boosts ties to fight Boko Haram.

Verbal condemnations have also been released by Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, China and Sweden.

And now it’s time for Angelina Jolie to join the chorus.

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Expect mass indignation to sweep the globe. Boko Haram has been active for years but have been largely ignored, except for local Nigerian news, academic specialists and anti-jihad blogs.

People really are like sheep. Once a wave starts like this, it just rolls on.

Will it do any good? I doubt it.  Boko Haram does not care.  The area they are operating in is remote, thickly forested and difficult to operate in, so I have my doubts that foreign help will do much good.

It will all blow over, much like Darfur, and then be forgotten.

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