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Saturday, March 10, 2012

KONY 2012: Want Peace? Start A War

Though many supporting the latest YouTube fad may be well-intended, history has demonstrated provoking wars is never the wisest approach to peace or justice. Not to mention, the United States is on the verge of bankruptcy which raises suspicions about the motives of Invisible Children and those backing them within the U.S. government.

What the film does not explain is that it is suspected that the U.S sent troops to Uganda as payback for the soldiers Uganda killed in Somalia fighting elements of Al-Qaeda, not wholly in response to the Invisible Children campaign. This is important to point out not to denigrate the Invisible Children campaign, but to point out that the U.S. government might have motivations other than humanitarian concern, and as such the effectiveness of this particular  Invisible Children campaign is hard to measure. The film also fails to explain the atrocities committed not only by other militia groups in the region fighting the LRA, but also the Ugandan People’s Defense Force that the U.S. is supposed to be assisting.
Read the full article here.
The American Conservative 

Drew Martin,
Blogger, THL

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