Just to throw my oar into the Kony 2012 thing.
Charlie Brooker, a British political satirist, takes a lighthearted approach to the campaign but points out some important stuff. There's some very serious things to consider.
This is propaganda. You state yourself that the US/UK should not have gone to Iraq. This is a similar situation; things will be made worse. Any intervention in the past has caused retaliation. The ICC is investigating Ugandan Army atrocities
. Should that army be trained to be more efficient, more dangerous, more effective? I mean, let's look at what Stephen Oola
, a lawyer with the Kampala-based Refugee Law Project says;“Kony did not start that rebellion, and that is where the context is missing," noted Oola. "It was started by ex-soldiers who were pushed out of power. So who are we to think that taking out Kony wouldn’t bring another Kony? For the campaign to portray the issue as Kony vs. humanity is to miss the point. It’s a bigger political problem, and something we have been struggling with in this country.”
Imagine; US trained soldiers becoming a new Kony because all you've done is taken down one man, not fixed a nation. Has this happened before? Yes. The Mujahideen were trained by the UK SAS. They moved into tribes such as the Taliban and organisations such as Al Qaeda. Saddam Hussein's bodyguards were UK SAS trained. I'm sure there's other examples.
What about the excellent criticism from The NY Time's TMS Ruge
who states:"It is imperative that we don't hijack the voice and agency of the actors we are trying to help. Instead we should use our social clout to help them realize they have a voice, and we shouldn't dare assume we know what's best for them."
Remember how much every Westerner blindly supported the Arab Spring? That wasn't a push for democracy however, it was a push to kick out leaders (some of which who had been supported in by Western powers). It was anarchy. The blind support by the West has shown how short-sighted we are; an extreme religious political power is looking to take over Egypt's government. This isn't about a white man's problem, this is about Uganda. What do you know about those people? What do you know about what they want?
This results in the far better approach thought of by Adam Branch
of Al Jazeera (an extremely good news organisation) who states;"In terms of activism, the first step is to re-think the question: Instead of asking how the US can intervene in order to solve Africa's conflicts, we need to ask what we are already doing to cause those conflicts in the first place. How are we, as consumers, contributing to land grabbing and to the wars ravaging this region? How are we, as US citizens, allowing our government to militarise Africa in the name of the "War on Terror" and its effort to secure oil resources?"
Oh, and you'll find this information interesting. It's from Invisible Children's Director of Ideology."Thirty-seven percent of our budget goes directly to central African-related programs, about 20 percent goes to salaries and overhead, and the remaining 43 percent goes to our awareness programs [...] We got criticized for spending $1 million on travel expenses, but getting 130 people around the country and around the world is expensive. [...] the truth about Invisible Children is that we are not an aid organization, and we don’t intend to be. I think people think we’re over there delivering shoes or food. But we are an advocacy and awareness organization."
Let's also look at a Ugandan's opinion.
There are far bigger issues than a warlord here.
'What are you actually trying to do with this campaign' is the big question. Give me specifics, not 'stop Kony' and 'stop kidnapping'.
I found all of this with five minutes of googling. What backing up of your opinion have you done, KKirspel?To every single supporter of KONY 2012, I beg you to simply read this page. You don't care about the campaign but want to stop him anyway? You're no better. READ IT.http://www.boingboing.net/2012/03/08/african-voices-respond-to-hype.html