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  •  There are several problems with this. (2+ / 0-)

    The LRA is weak in part because of the US effort - though I agree that we are focusing too much on the LRA right now.  The US response started before the #KONY2012 campaign - "Operation Lighting Thunder" took place in 2008, and US assistance helped the Ugandans and S Sudanese push them out.

    Also the LRA remained a potent force even after 2008.  Over the next three years, they killed nearly 4000 more people:

    The fact that they crossed international boundaries and continued to threaten Uganda, S Sudan and DRC is the rationale for the US government's continued involvement, not because of some social media campaign here.  The US has been involved since 2008.

    Now I would prefer more of an investment in the UN Peacekeepers also.  But they have not really exercised much authority or force at all in eastern DRC - they are better than nothing, but they sat around in 2008 when militias slaughtered people and stuck their heads on sticks in villages in North Kivu. I am strongly in favor of a UN peacekeeping force that has the weapons and the  mandate and the leadership to actually use them, to go after the bad guys and shoot them.  DRC needs that sort of robust peace keeping force.  If the US could support that, great... but the UN itself seems unable or unwilling.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed May 21, 2014 at 03:41:37 PM PDT

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