First I would like to say that I do not support or condemn violence, brutality, cruelty and murder of innocent people especially children. I also do not support lies, manipulation and brainwashing that are being fed to us by mass media. I also do not support falsely invading countries for all the wrong reasons. It is absolutely horrifying how many innocent children have lost their lives in the hands of thisand many other brutal monsters. The thing is that Joseph Kony has been doing this for a very, very, very long time. He emerged about a quarter of a century, which is about the same time that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni came to power.
For over 20 years, Kony and his Army have been abducting children from villages there – boys so they can fight as soldiers in his army, girls so they can be subjected to rape and sexual enslavement.Suddenly a week ago, an American filmmaker called Jason Russell released a 30 minute documentary about the mad bastard called "Kony2012" for the campaign group known as “Invisible Children Inc”. At the same time most people worldwide and most Americans as of last week did not know who Joseph Kony was. That’s not surprising: most Americans begin every week not knowing a lot of things, especially about a part of the world as obscured from their vision as Uganda. So all of a sudden the world and America going viral about genocide and torture that has been around since 1980’s. We as human beings should have been out there trying to stop this brutality long time ago.
So the questions that I am asking is WHY NOW and WHY UGANDA. There are other countries with millions of people that are suffering from genocide for many years. Central Africa has had its fair share of ruthless dictators, ethnic conflicts, and mass genocides in the past five decades. Back in 2007a total of 58 countries signed the "Paris Commitments" at a conference in France committing themselves to put an end to the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts. They included 10 of the 12 nations where an estimated 250,000 children carry arms, namely Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda. It took 5 whole years for U.S.A. to educate its people about Joseph Kony and his brutality.
A viral video that took social media by storm over the past week that was produced by Invisible Children, a San Diego-based NGO, “Kony2012? is a half-hour plea for Americans and global netizens to pay attention to Kony’s crimes.
Please pay attention about ten minutes into the video, the narrator asks his young son who“THE BAD GUY” in Uganda is; when his young son hesitates, he informs him that Joseph Kony is the bad guy. In a sense, he let Kony off lightly: he is a monster. But what the narrator also failed to do was mention to his son that when a bad guy like Kony is running riot for years on end, raping and slashing and seizing and shooting, then there is most likely another host of bad guys out there letting him get on with it. He probably should have told him that, too.
The organization behind KONY 2012- INVISIBLE CHILDREN INC - is an extremely shady nonprofit that has been called "misleading", "naive", and "dangerous" by Yale political professor, and has been accused by Foreign Affairs of "manipulating facts for strategic purposes".
They have also been criticized by the Better Business Bureau for refusing to provide information to provide information necessary to determine if Invisible Children meets the Bureau's standards.
A lengthy piece in Foreign Affairs magazine in November lamented that Invisible Children and other similar groups "have manipulated facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA's use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying KONY - a brutal man, to be sure - as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil"
According to many Ugandan people, the Kony 2012 campaign pictures a conflict and a situation that happened 5 or 6 years ago and that is not as complicated right now as it’s being pictured in the documentary. And even when Joseph Kony is indeed a person who has done and continues doing crimes and is part of an internal war in Uganda, their country is not completely helpless and is not as vulnerable as it’s being presented on the Kony 2012 campaign.In the meantime, hundreds of children in northern Uganda have fallen victim to a mysterious and fatal neurological disease known as Nodding disease spreading across the border from the newly independent Southern Sudan. It is arguable that this problem deserves more immediate attention and help than pursuing a shadowy warlord who may not even be in Uganda now or be alive still. All of a sudden little bleeding heart liberals all want to go out there and catch Kony and save the little black kiddies, etc, etc...
No historical context is given, which is extremely suspicious: the film never explains who Joseph Kony is, why he is such a bogeyman and who his Lord’s Resistance Army is fighting against. What is his background, how and why is he a rebel, what political / social / economic conditions existed in Uganda in the 1990s that enabled him to rise to his current position as Uganda’s Public Enemy No 1, and why should we get rid of him now when we could have got rid of him ages ago? Is the Ugandan government under President Yoweri Museveni so helpless that it must appeal to the outside world? Is Kony fighting the Ugandan government? Given that Museveni has just been “elected” to a 4th term and has been in power for 25 years with a blemished record in violating human rights, invading parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo and holding elections that yield suspect results that support his continued rule, perhaps Kony is doing the right thing in resisting the Ugandan government!
2006 Uganda announced a major oil discovery in the Western part of their country
2009 they discovered that the oil find was much bigger than they thought.
2010 they discovered it is as much as 2.5 billion barrels of oil. Oil find in the Great Rift Valley just kept on getting bigger.
That potential revenue is equivalent to Shs333 trillion enough to fund Uganda's current national budget for the next 42 years without donor funding.
2011 President Obama sent the first combat troops to Uganda for “Humanitarian intervention” against the LRA and Joseph Kony.
President Obama announced that, without consulting congress, he has authorized the deployment of some 100 ”combat-equipped U.S. forces” to the country in order to fight and hopefully kill or capture the vicious militant who has an international warrant for crimes against humanity.
No doubt Uganda needs help; they are one of the world's poorest nations (17th) and have failed thus far to combat the LRA effectively enough to stop them.It’s a good thing that we’re fighting this monster, but for a humanitarian crisis that has been ongoing for almost two decades, that has been the scourge of a nation and a domestic terror threat rivaling the worst guerillas in Africa, it took us this long?
The fact that oil was discovered in Uganda was at best a footnote in most news outlets. You will not find any journalistic output that points out the striking coincidence that we picked the year when oil was discovered in Uganda to assist in stabilization.
Libya, along with being plagued by Muammar Gadaffi’s injustice, is also the site of massive oil reserves: the largest in Africa. And again, Gadaffi’s atrocious human rights record didn’t begin in the months or years before our invasion there. It had been happening for decades.
Libya holds the largest crude reserves in Africa and the ninth largest in the world. Libyan oil is considered to be of the highest quality. Oil prices have gone up by 35 per cent since the Western-backed rebellion in Libya started in the last week of February of last year.
2012 the vilification of the LRA has stepped up a gear with the release of the documentary “Kony 2012”.
United States quickly denied any interest in Ugandian oil but we know better then that. In fact, its initial move against the LRA in 2011 was seen by many as a move to secure footing in the region. The timing is impeccable. Just at the end of February, UK-based Tullow Oil PLC invested at least $1 billion in the exploration of oil and gas in Uganda, leading to the discovery of over a billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves, with an estimated 1.5 billion barrels expected to be found in three exploration blocks- a level of resource that could “place Uganda in the top 50 oil producers in the world”. Will U.S. pass on such an opportunity?
American intervention in the Middle East geopolitics is centered on its access for petroleum, but it is not limited in that region. From Iran (1953) to Iraq (2003) to Afganistan to even Somalia (1991) and there are others, the U.S. army tried to vigorously seal its oil access by toppling governments, invasion and searching for terrorists, etc-masking its intervention by a host of incredibly unbelievable and far fetched excuses, from anti-terrorism to humanitarian acts. 2011 Lybian “civil war” is also seen as a move to secure oil interest in a time of volatile oil prices ( with France and UK taking their share of the pie)
"The oil companies are the major international corporations. Since oil has become important, they have virtually owned the State Department. They are the corporations within the American imperialist system that have the greatest concern for American foreign policy. Because they have the largest overseas investments their influence over foreign policy has always been extremely strong." - Noam Chomsky
The tragedy in Uganda is no doubt a massive human rights issue yet films like these and other movements to stop the LRA have one big problem. They fail to mention the real reason for the major displacement and genocide in the region. The forced relocation of thousands of people into refugee concentration camps was actually carried out by the US backed dictator, Yoweri Museveni, in the guise of protecting the people from the LRA and Kony. Relocating people into refugee concentration camps also allowed Museveni to gain control of major resource rich locations that will ultimately be plundered by his Western backers. According to the World Health Organization these refugee camps are responsible for around 1,000 deaths a month because of neglect (lack of medical facilities; lack of adequate food; dehydration, and; lack of sanitation and toilet facilities). For the 20 years they have been operating, that number far outweighs the crimes of Kony at around 500,000 deaths. The camps are also plagued with poverty, rapes and gang figthing. We are witnessing a slow motion genocide being perpetrated by the West, yet being blamed soley by Kony.
Museveni's western backing has dramatically increased in the last several years receiving $431.2 million in US aid in 2008, $416.9 million in 2009; $456.8 million in 2010 and in 2011, a total of $480.3 million. He is also backed by the Pentagon and the CIA in military operations in the region. Furthermore he receives international support from IMF and World Bank loans. With all of this Western funding it now becomes obvious where this Kony2012 movement is coming from, and it will only serve to strengthen continuity of the Museveni's puppet government and give more control of the resource abundant region to western imperialists.