And unless the nations and people they're targeting, especially their own women, don't respond with deadly force there's no chance to "bring back our girls" or get most of them inside a school or an office building in the first place.
It was Smith in his 1776 book "Wealth of Nations," who said that prosperity depends on peace, low taxes and a good system of justice.
When men with guns like Boko Haram are attacking schools, there is no peace. And the only response that will work is a military response (i.e., the good men with guns).
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And these protective armies must be maintained and armed by the local governments. The U.S. and the rest of the West can help with funding and advice, but unless these developing nations do it on their own the terrorists will simply wait until we lose the interest and stamina to stay overseas.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan produced a bumper crop of political and economic experts who told us that wars are bad for the economy. I suggest they go to Nigeria and see the alternative.
Men with guns are needed for an economy to thrive, and if they succeed in securing educational equality in everything from the developing world's hospitals to military schools, one day the women with guns will protect them too.
Commentary by Jake Novak, supervising producer of "Street Signs." Follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.