Today, I’d like to take a look back at one of the principal liberal faux-humanitarian campaigns of yesteryear with a hint of nostalgia.
In 2012, the great folks over at Invisible Children brought us this absurd ‘documentary’ about the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony. Kony 2012 was mostly a Facebook and Twitter phenomenon, which gained traction after being re-tweeted by Rhianna and Jay-Z. It was, of course, a silly campaign from the very beginning, which should have been clear from the presentation of the information and how it spread.
I’m posting the video here for reference, but I recommend not wasting your time with it.
The Lord’s Resistance Army is a religious guerilla movement that was organized by Kony in the late 1980s to wage an armed insurrection against the government in Uganda. The LRA’s tactics revolved around small-scale terrorism of the population to capitalize on religious and ethnic conflicts within the country. However, almost none of this history is rehashed in the ‘documentary’.
For those of you who don’t remember, aside from some interviews with children in Uganda, the video totally focuses on white people telling the story of black people. Meanwhile, these white people are shown as the same people who can save those black people from other black people. The blatant racism of these supposed white saviors (and the fact that so few people noticed it) ought to be unnerving.
Generally, the film focuses on the fact that the LRA is notorious for kidnapping children and forcing them to fight as soldiers. This, however, is only one of the many disgusting characteristics of the terroristic cult that has stalked throughout central Africa for the past 30 years. The criticism of the LRA, however, was never applied to the organizations that Invisible Children supports, such as the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).
Let’s not forget this picture of the leaders of Invisible Children posing with soldiers from the SPLA.
The idea of the video was “to make Kony a household name”, so that Amerikkkans (read: White Amerikkkans) would pressure the government to send soldiers and military advisors to help the Ugandan government capture/kill him. Of course, this ignores the fact that even Human Rights Watch can tell you that the Ugandan military has itself committed war crimes.
Ultimately, “Kony 2012” and the accompanying promise to “arrest” Joseph Kony in 2012 was a sham. Invisible Children is a sham.
Once the video entered the public consciousness, Obama used it as a screen to expand the US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM), which today flies thousands of planes and drones equipped with all sorts of fun little weapons to attack targets. If the name “AFRICOM” wasn’t clear enough, the military formation is strictly an imperialist venture centered on controlling Africa.
It is important to remember that AFRICOM’s expansion was the direct result of the Kony 2012 Campaign, which was the stated goal of the video.
It would have been much more difficult for Obama to expand the imperial infrastructure without such well-meaning liberal sentiment.
This well-meaning liberal sentiment, of course, drives most “humanitarian” campaigns, where individuals are encouraged to feel rather than to think. These “humanitarian” campaigns often involve people in the West speaking for people in other places. Let George Clooney tell you about malaria in Africa or Angelina Jolie tell you about the crisis in Myanmar.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions and very, very little thought.
And I know any liberals reading this could say, “Expanding AFRICOM is good and necessary, because the LRA is evil and AFRICOM will kill Kony.” Unfortunately for them, reality is much less manipulative than the U.$. government and today Joseph Kony is still alive and free. Although today, he’s mostly hanging out in the northwestern areas of the DRC and terrorizing the population there.
Let’s face it – the Amerikkkan government is both evil and incompetent.
Our gut-reaction to these campaigns always ought to be skepticism.
Usually there is some sort of organization (e.g. Invisible Children) pushing some sort of agenda that is often not as “humanitarian” as it may seem. Does anyone remember when the creator of the documentary was roaming around naked, intoxicated, and publicly masturbating? Pictures of these lying hipsters carrying guns show the real message.
We should remember Kony 2012 very carefully. It, undoubtedly, won’t be the last time that propaganda leads to U.$. action (as we have since seen in places like Syria and the DPRK).
I’ve written before that There’s No Such Thing As A ‘Humanitarian Military Intervention’.
It is important to remember that the Amerikkkan government is never a source for stability and peace.
Today, when confronted with new “humanitarian” calls to action, it is the responsibility of all of us to take pause and analyze the facts. For things are not always as they seem.