ganda is undoubtedly rife with resources for Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron,
et al to plunder, otherwise why would a viral film like Kony 2012
be popping up on YouTube? And the unwitting, or perhaps even
duplicitously savvy shill’s film — and its Hollywood accomplices — are
certainly making ample headlines.
The ostensible end of the viral
YouTube picture, would appear to be pressing for yet another
“humanitarian” intervention. After all AFRICOM is still based in
Stuttgart, Germany, so the US and its partners, are undoubtedly pining
away for another place to base their banefulness and multifarious tools
of mass destruction.
The US/Western-backed dictator Yoweri Museveni is somehow never mentioned in the film. A man’s whose iron fist
and human rights violations, have given rise to a monstrous opposition
movement like the Kony-led Lord’s Resistance Army. And, Museveni has been
involved in numerous atrocities, and crimes against humanity himself; and about 40% of the Ugandan people live in immense poverty under
ndeed, on Museveni’s inauguration day (23 years
ago) he said that Africa’s problems, were largely caused by leaders who
overstay their time in power: leading to impunity, the promotion of
patronage, and corruption. Museveni — who the Congo received $10 billion
from an International Court of Justice ruling because of his atrocities — should, undoubtedly, be brought to justice also.
The International Criminal Court (led by Luis Moreno Ocampo) is also highlighted in this film, a court that is already widely discredited
in Africa. Since its inception in 2002 the ICC, has targeted solely
African and other developing world leaders. Jean Ping, the head of the
African Union, has said about the ICC and Ocampo;
“We Africans and the
African Union are not against the International Criminal Court. We are
against Ocampo who is rendering justice with double standards.”
has had many opportunities to indict Western war criminals/leaders —
such as Bush, Blair, Olmert
and Cheney — since it has come into being, and has of course wholly failed to do so.
US militarism being promoted as a solution or panacea, is never an
answer. American military advisers going into a nation is exceedingly
rarely — if ever — good; and certainly not for the ostensible end of
The film and its campaigners are certainly folks to
continue to keep a close eye on in my opinion. As suggested earlier,
perhaps they are just well meaning dupes, but the film presents a very
limited picture as to what ails the Central African nation of Uganda.
And again, to exuberantly support US militarism as a goal against the
Lord’s Resistance Army, is suspect, (to even downright
reprehensible at its absolute worst).