We just discussed the new Kony 2012 video that has been spread worldwide and has gone viral. Invisible Children, a non-profit organization, is planning to make Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda (also Sudan and Congo), famous in order to draw the attention of everyone and then get the US policy makers to have the Obama administration capture and arrest Joseph Kony. With Joseph Kony out of power hopefully this would put a stop to child militants in the region.
While that seems like a brilliant idea, this issue has stirred up a lot of controversy since this video has gone viral. Many critics have bashed this campaign and others support it. It could be dangerous. Many people think that in the 30 minute video the entire problem is addressed. I don't think that was the intention of the videomakers but that's what has happened.
This problem has been going on for years and years. The U.S is powerful, and probably way powerful enough to find Kony, but the problem is that Imperialistic countries like The U.S and The U.K have put Africa in these situations in the first place. Most of the top world criminals are terrorist leaders, or radical militants. These people arose from getting screwed over by imperialism. As sad as it sounds, it's the truth. Don't get me wrong, I think Kony should be stopped, but really these problems shouldn't have happened.
I also have a lot of studying to do as well. I completely suppport the removal of Kony and I think the U.S administration are completely capable of doing so and should. But the opposing Ugandan defense have also committed countless crimes and protect a "dictatorship" that the U.S probably helped install.
I saw the video and it was really devastating to see all those children in peril. Invisible Children and TRI are actually trying to raise money to help support those in need. I feel that Joseph Kony should be, and must be stopped. He actually just wanted to remain in power forever. But you do make some very excellent points. Im glad that someone else cares.cLi
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