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  •  Kony's not a dictator per se. (2+ / 0-)
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    In fact, nobody's exactly sure where he is.  He's a warlord without territory.  An "Arab Spring" wouldn't work against him.  It would however work against Museveni and other regional presidents-for-life, which may be why they're eager to embrace this viral whitewash.

    Ugandans have been aware of him for many, many years.  They've tried to stop him, they've tried to raise awareness, they've even opposed their own government to get it prioritized.  But the film merely builds on stereotypes about Africa and gives precious little background on the incredible complexity of the post-Amin era in Uganda and its fraught internal politics.  It's portrayed as a simple problem (Africa's broken and can't/won't catch this guy) with a simple solution (send money! send troops!) but it's really not.  The best thing to do is to ask Ugandans working with ex-LRA and against the LRA's activities what they need and follow their lead.  But people in the first world don't like to do that, because we feel like it should be our show.

    •  Thanks, but I don't need a lecture. I know quite (0+ / 0-)

      a bit about Kony and the LRA...long before it became popular to talk about this. In fact, one of the main problems with the hypersensitive Left nowadays is that they seem to have an insatiable need to lecture everybody on just how incredibly complex every situation really is and how everything is a simplification, or gasp, a dreaded stereotype.

      First, the Arab Spring approach to spreading information about Kony, reporting on any activities where and when they happen, and creating a world wide activist base against him can and is working. The early warning system that has already been created in many villages already is working. It's funny how quick people are to declare work on this is somehow a bad thing, that they already know it won't work, and what we really need to do is just sit around listening to lectures about how naive everyone is.  

      Second, Africa is broken. Some things may be getting a little better, but this is not just a stereotype. It's an inconvenient truth that many people will even freely admit...except when they get on camera and choose to get all pissed off that some outsider might be doing something new without first giving proper credit to all the locals and bowing to everyone's ego. But, nobody has effectively stopped this motherfucker for 26 years. So, I really don't give a shit if it hurts people's egos to try something new. Building up consciousness to arrest him where ever the fuck he roams is a good thing. Period. And if asking Ugandans and following their lead worked so damn well, they would have caught this guy already.

      Third, this isn't really all about Uganda, so they and you and whoever else wants to talk about how people in Uganda got their feeling hurt because someone tried to help them without properly asking permission, talking about how complex the situation is, and then kissing all the appropriate backsides--get over it! There are a lot of people out there who want to fight injustice. When they do, somebody somewhere is going to get offended by the implication that they are not doing enough and yada yada. But, people can't and shouldn't let that stop them. It's not all about you, Uganda. It's about the principle. There are some things worth fighting for even if the implications of it might tweak someone's ego. Get over it.

      Just doing my part to piss off right wing nuts, one smart ass comment at a time.

      by tekno2600 on Fri Mar 16, 2012 at 07:53:35 PM PDT

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