Kony Is Phony And A Means To War: Why Kony 2012 Is Just Plain Stupid
Kony Is Phony And A Means To War: Why Kony 2012 Is Just Plain Stupid
A Report by J.C. Merak, 2012
(C)2012 JCMPC Holdings, LLC/SLE America Media Group, LLC
It’s really amazing to see that Kony 2012 is still ongoing, especially after Jason Russell’s meltdown where he ran naked through the streets of Los Angeles and was admitted to a psych ward for a period. The Director for Kony 2012, Russell just couldn’t handle the pressure.
Sounds like the pressure is still on though. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Invisible Children, the USAID backed organization behind Kony 2012, released their sequel to the original Kony video. In this video, they call for more awareness towards capturing Kony and bringing his reign in the LRA to an end in their Part 2: Beyond Famous, that touts Kony becoming famous. Then there is their campaign to “Cover the Night” on April 20th that wishes people to take up late night activism by posting anything and everything they can about Kony 2012 that night to, well, raise more awareness. Of course, I’m not sure what this will prove though.
The new boom in the movement is of course totally unbased as you will read the original article below. What is really important about this, is that we can learn that the tools being used can work, and very well, as they have proven, but what they can be used for can sometimes be for the not so good. Kony 2012 is not a good thing, because the end result will be a new war lead by the UN under the guise of humanitarian aid, even though more bloodshed and harm will come if military action called by the Invisible Children and its duped followers push and make it come to fruition. Kony’s actions in the past are abhorrent, but there is no basis to capture him all of the sudden and frankly and simply, we have many more problems to face here in the United States like our economy, than trying to start new wars.
Just read the rest below and you will see why. I hope that you are objective and really make the best choice for the future.
If you’ve heard about this Kony 2012 movement now going on, you may feel compassionate towards the principle behind it. At first glance, I might be too. Yet, I wanted to look further into this and why all of the sudden we start hearing about Joseph Kony, a fairly unknown general (to us) of the Lords Resistance Army in Central Africa, mainly Uganda. What I found may be shocking to all of the duped followers of this movement. Did you know that it’s just not important? The reason I say this so boldly is that it is simply nothing more than a made up youth movement by the Invisible Children, promoting new wars in Central Africa against a random war lord who no one has ever heard of until now under the guise of the most famous United Nations ‘peacekeeping efforts’, and we should all know by now that the U.N. has a track record too long to mention of failures.
“Kony 2012 may seem to focus on yet another humanitarian issue supported by caring liberals, but in fact it is part of a larger geopolitical objective devised by [...] ‘globalists’. While Invisible Children’s finances are murky, there is evidence showing that it is a project supported by USAID, the “civilian foreign aid” agency run out of the NSC and the State Department that shares “a close working relationship with the CIA.””
The Next Theatre of War
Why this is so important, is that it will mean sending United States armed forces into Central Africa under the command of AFRICOM which will pose as the next theatre of war. This just moves and perpetuates the struggles from the Middle East and West Asia into now occupying Africa in which many more lives will be lost and all for what?:
“These young folks who run Invisible Children are extremely dangerous to the welfare of Ugandans and other Africans should they succeed in broadening U.S. military presence in Africa. If the United States were truly interested purely in eliminating Kony why deploy now when Kony abandoned Uganda in 2006 when he was negotiating a peace deal that ultimately collapsed, with Museveni.”
“The young folks behind Invisible Children don’t understand the conflict in Uganda; yet they have made themselves the spokespersons. They have campaigned and convinced some celebrities, including Rihana and P. Diddy, to tweet their half-truth propaganda film. This is a way to have one-sided or impartial information become the “dominant truth” globally, and drown out critical analysis.”
It may be another worthwhile point to make that although our supposed objective will be to find Kony and bring him to justice in the International Criminal Court, it seems to be a hypocrisy, considering the denial of the United States’ long history of rejection to participating in the ICC:
“Explanations of American hostility towards the ICC have been numerous and divergent. In his venomous article, Courting Danger: What’s Wrong with the International Criminal Court, John Bolton argued that the ICC is contradictory to the constitutional ideals of the US, is an overreaching and unaccountable institution, which America should “isolate it through our diplomacy, in order to prevent it from acquiring any further legitimacy or resources.””
Oil: Slick Way To Slide In
To add more controversy to the subject, we have the Wall Street Journal in a press release saying that Uganda may be sitting on the next big oil hit in central Africa and in turn raising score of opinion on the likes of Twitter and elsewhere. The International Business Times portrays this as a “conspiracy theory”, saying that it’s a fallacy to wonder if Kony 2012 and sending U.S. troops to Uganda might be a way to grab away natural resources or at least be an outcome of it:
“Is the “Kony 2012″ video just propaganda to send U.S. troops into Uganda so America can seize the African nation’s recently discovered oil reserves? The conspiracy theory is gaining traction, especially on Twitter, where users say it is not a coincidence that the “Kony 2012″ documentary has been released amid news that Uganda could become one of the top 50 oil producers in the world.” – http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/312028/20120309/kony-2012-video-conspiracy-theories-oil.htm
“Joseph Kony, not heard since 2006, no one cares. Then oil found in Northern Uganda, suddenly people want to stop him?,” asked Twitter user @iDayway.” (Example)
Invisible Children: Naughty Financials
What’s more, did you know that only about 37% of the Invisible Children actual annual funds for FY 2011 went to help people? The rest of it went more towards Awareness (25.98%), Management (16.24%), Products to sell (9.56%), Media and Film (7.87%), and Fundraising programs (3.22%), with a total spent on their expenses being 62.87%. Seems like they could scale down on the production values and management, and tell you how the situation really is and actually help more people. Shouldn’t those figures be turned around, at least? (http://www.invisiblechildren.com/financials.html)
What’s So Special About Kony: Who Else Is Wanted?
Do we even know if Kony is still around or if he’s alive? Shouldn’t we consider all those other wanted war lords by the ICC too? In an L.A. Times article, ‘Bad guys’ besides Kony: Who else is wanted by the ICC? March 9, 2012, we see more hypocrisy considering that there are other ‘high-priority’ people on the lists. It seems more or less like a random draw to pick Kony to be the fall guy for a new pretext to war. The list contains Ahmed Haroun, Ali Kushayb, Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein, Bosco Ntaganda, Abdullah Senussi, Okot Odhiambo, and Dominic Ongwen, all wanted on the continent of Africa, some with ties to the LRA or are themselves just wanted for massive crimes against humanity.
Troops and Dupes
What’s really interesting, is that you don’t hear about those 100 or so U.S. troops that were already sent to Uganda to aid other regional forces against the Lords Resistance Army in October of 2011.
“I have authorised a small number of combat-equipped US forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of (LRA leader) Joseph Kony from the battlefield,” Mr Obama wrote on Friday.
But he stressed that “although the US forces are combat-equipped… they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defence”. (Oct. 2011)
Our Propaganda Downfall
It seems like a very big coincidence that the United States would send troops to go after Kony last year and suddenly there is this new movement growing with such ferocity and fiery propaganda; We as true humanitarians are totally not seeing and paying attention to the stark facts of this clear agenda. I really hate to burst all of those bubbles that have since blown up by the pulling of heartstrings with that well made film, but you must realize though, IT IS JUST PROPAGANDA. The way to explain the whole scenario is that this organization, the Invisible Children, along with USAID and the U.N.’s ICC are creating a false visage of a war raging in Uganda when it really isn’t. I’m not denying the fact that Joseph Kony is a bad man and that he is a murderer; but for over 26 years there has never been such a movement against anyone in Africa as there is now against Kony. You really have to pose the question: why?! Not to mention, if we only wanted to help those ravaged by the LRA, why do we need troops? Wouldn’t we be sending aid in the way of food and helping hand, not guns and ammunition?
“Not surprisingly, the [film] is seriously misleading, falsely implying there’s war raging in Northern Uganda when there’s not. In fact, Kony has not been in the country for six years; his group is a much-depleted rump, numbering a few hundred people at most,” writes ABC Australia’s Jeff Sparrow.”
“Obama’s announcement represents a highly unusual intervention for the United States,” reports the Associated Press. “Although some American troops are based in Djibouti [at the $6 billion Africom mega-base] and small groups of soldiers have been deployed to Somalia, the U.S. traditionally has been reluctant to commit forces to help African nations put down insurgencies.” – http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2011/10/14/obama_sends_troops_to_aid_africa_anti_insurgency/
“Obama didn’t bother to consult Congress or abide by the Constitution. He just sent congressional leaders a letter announcing he would again violate the national sovereignty of yet another country.” – http://www.infowars.com/globalist-warlord-obama-moves-to-expand-africom-reach/
“Ugandan journalist Angelo Izama calls Kony 2012 a “misrepresentation,” noting that the film’s “portrayal of [Kony's] alleged crimes in Northern Uganda are from a bygone era,” and that the problems facing the country in 2012 are AIDS, Hepatitis, prostitution and unemployment, none of which would be alleviated by a U.S. military invasion on the pretext of hunting a man who is not even in the country.
“At the end of the day the Kony2012 campaign will not make Joseph Kony more famous but it will make Invisible Children famous,” writes Izama. “It will also make many, including P.Diddy, feel like they have contributed some good to his capture – assuming Kony is even alive. For many in the conflict prevention community including those who worry about the militarization of it in Central Africa this campaign is just another nightmare that will end soon. Hopefully.” – https://thisisafrica.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/acholi-street-stop-kony2012-invisible-childrens-campaign-of-infamy
Foreign Policy: War Is ‘Humanitarian Aid’?
I hope that this has been enlightening and I hope that I have allowed you to see the other side of the story. Many of us today are often blinded by outright compassion or just plain naivete’ on such things that are affecting us today. We are already facing more than 10 years of turmoil in the Middle East and West Asia with new ‘threats’ in Iran. What we should really be doing is bringing our troops home; not sending them to possibly die in Uganda. This kind of policy, being able to focus on America and our problems here, especially economically and financially is not pacifist; it’s just smart. I think what’s most naïve by our society is that we believe that war is part of good foreign policy and that it’s actually good for humanity. Now with Kony 2012, this is simply what the movement calls for, more war, even though it sounds good and it comes under the guise of humanitarian aid. I think this thing will more or less turn into a crime against humanity itself even though the cause behind it may be good. In fact we saw something like this just last year, although in the name of ‘Global Warming’, which is very disturbing and may be a revelation to what could happen very soon:
“Armed troops acting on behalf of a British carbon trading company backed by the World Bank burned houses to the ground and killed children to evict Ugandans from their homes in the name of seizing land to protect against “global warming,” a shocking illustration of how the climate change con is a barbarian form of neo-colonialism.
The evictions were ordered by New Forests Company, an outfit that seizes land in Africa to grow trees then sells the “carbon credits” on to transnational corporations. The company is backed by the World Bank and HSBC. Its Board of Directors includes HSBC Managing Director Sajjad Sabur, as well as other former Goldman Sachs investment bankers.
The company claims residents of Kicucula left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner, and yet the people tell a story of terror and bloodshed.” – (Friday, September 23, 2011 ) http://www.prisonplanet.com/armed-troops-burn-down-homes-kill-children-to-evict-ugandans-in-name-of-global-warming.html
Villagers told of how armed “security forces” stormed their village and torched houses, burning an eight-year-child to death as they threatened to murder anyone who resisted while beating others.“We were in church,” recalled Jean-Marie Tushabe, 26, a father of two. “I heard bullets being shot into the air. Cars were coming with police,” Mr. Tushabe said, sitting among the ruins of his old home. “They headed straight to the houses. They took our plates, cups, mattresses, bed, pillows. Then we saw them getting a matchbox out of their pockets.”
“But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming,” reports the New York Times.(http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/africa/in-scramble-for-land-oxfam-says-ugandans-were-pushed-out.html)
Our Place Is Not Hades or the World Police
It is said that the road to Hell, is paved with good intentions, and that’s exactly the message here. We need to rethink our strategies and know the United States’ place in the world; and that place is not being the world police. The litmus test for this whole scheme is, that if our own politicians are not willing to dawn a uniform themselves and go fight in the Middle East or even Uganda, they should never expect an innocent population to go fight for their political agenda, because that’s exactly what this is. Just because you have a military, doesn’t mean you have to use it. Remember that our troops, although it was their choice to join the armed forces, still do not have the function to choose their own missions; and sometimes those missions are pointless, hopeless, or horrific and this expense comes only for the politicians want to gain a vote or two.
There’s A Thing Called The Law: Constitutionality
There is rather a question of Constitutionality of not declaring war too, if it comes down to it. We now have Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense on March 7th basically stating in open conference that he does not need Congressional permission to declare war. What this means is that if Kony 2012 reaches the point of military action, we may have yet another undeclared war on our hands. Not only is it an abomination to those we so willingly sent to do our bidding, but also what our country used to stand for, and that was a God-fearing, law-abiding, and Liberty-loving country called the United States.
Conclusion and Last Words
Kony 2012 is something we must, as good stewards to our fellow man, take with a grain of salt. Ask the question, is a new war what we need? Would you go fight for this cause even if it were a false mission? Let’s make Kony famous; but only as a reminder to our humanity and why we need to focus on U.S.
“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people . . . [and this] nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people [and therefore becomes][a] nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life, is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten. Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.”
-Theodore Roosevelt & John F. Kennedy, Excerpted & Condensed
J.C. Merak is a local freelance writer and has been featured in many local publications. You can find out more at jcmerak2.webs.com.