Thread: Kony Campaign
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:56 PM
Originally Posted by DaveyJoeG View Post
I posted this picture on my Facebook in response to all of the Kony hype. I think the reaction has been pretty ridiculous. The same people who want the US to pull out of the Middle East are all up in arms about this video without knowing the full story. It's not like there is a shortage of "bad guys" in the world. These people need to decide whether they want America to police the world or not.

And as far as what they do with that money:

The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money supports the Ugandan governmentís army and various other military forces. Hereís a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan Peopleís Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan Peopleís Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is ďbetter equipped than that of any of the other affected countriesĒ, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasnít been since 2006 by their own admission. These books each refer to the rape and sexual assault that are perennial issues with the UPDF, the military group Invisible Children is defending.

Letís not get our lines crossed: The Lordís Resistance Army is bad news. And Joseph Kony is a very bad man, and needs to be stopped. But propping up Ugandaís decades-old dictatorship and its military arm, which has been accused by the UN of committing unspeakable atrocities and itself facilitated the recruitment of child soldiers, is not the way to go about it.

The United States is already plenty involved in helping rout Kony and his band of psycho sycophants. Kony is on the run, having been pushed out of Uganda, and itís likely he will soon be caught, if he isnít already dead. But killing Kony wonít fix anything, just as killing Osama bin Laden didnít end terrorism. The LRA might collapse, but, as Foreign Affairs points out, it is ďa relatively small player in all of this ó as much a symptom as a cause of the endemic violence.Ē

Myopically placing the blame for all of central Africaís woes on Kony ó even as a starting point ó will only imperil many more people than are already in danger.

Sending money to a nonprofit that wants to muck things up by dousing the flames with fuel is not helping. Want to help? Really want to help? Send your money to nonprofits that are putting more than 31% toward rebuilding the regionís medical and educational infrastructure, so that former child soldiers have something worth coming home to.