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‘Kony 2012’ should incite some change, but not military action


Published: Monday, March 12, 2012

Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012 09:03

Did anybody know who Joseph Kony was before the viral video "Kony 2012" was released? The answer is probably no. And that is fair, not many Americans are up-to-date on current and past African militias and their penchant for violence. But now, thousands of Americans are crusading on the behalf of ending Kony's reign and bringing him to justice, this ,of course, is thanks to the video that the nonprofit, Invisible Children started.

Kony's army, called the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, is a militant army that has been plaguing the country for many years. The LRA has kidnapped nearly 66,000 children — making the boys captured become soldiers and turning the girls into sex slaves. The LRA has been a disgusting force in Uganda but now seems to be slowing down, according to Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson. Last year, however, the LRA committed 300 attacks. Despite moves by both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama and a bill passed by Congress in 2010 (LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act) the army seems to have been diminished, but is still dangerous.

It is also important to note the creators of the video, the nonprofit Invisible Children, have some questions regarding the use of its funds. Only 32 percent of the $8,676,614 the nonprofit raised was spent on direct services for people in Uganda. A larger portion is being spent on viral video campaigns to spread via Facebook and Twitter. Although Invisible Children's goal is noble, it seems to not be living up to the all charitable organization it makes itself out to be.

It is necessary for people to become informed, but it is also necessary to directly address the effects of the LRA (I.E. the ones suffering in Uganda because of this Kony's militia).The solution to the problem is not United States military intervention, as Invisible Children and President Obama who deployed 100 troops to Uganda in October, seem to think. Do we need to be in a country that rid itself of the number of presidential terms the president may serve, along with Joseph Kony and his lunatic militia?

 The LRA is awful. It is really is. And it is important for Americans to be aware and to do whatever is in their reach to assuage the suffering in Uganda because of the LRA. However, this need not be done we should not do this by military force.


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