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Don’t Be Scammed Into Another War - 7 Ways Kony 2012 Does Exactly That

There’s a 30-minute long YouTube sensation that’s gotten more than 70 million views in just a few days.  The stated goals of the expertly produced Kony 2012 is to make an African warlord a household name and to keep U.S. military advisors in Uganda.

Because ideas presented in the documentary are stated as “something we can all agree on,” I find it important to step forward and say that I do not in the slightest agree with the idea of U.S. military advisors in Uganda.  In fact, I think that the work being done by Kony 2012 director Jason Russell and a number of organizations and activists on this topic is flat wrong.

Kony 2012 has a “power-to-the-people” feel to it and calls for action that is humanitarian in nature, making it ideal in convincing naïve, well-intentioned people about the justness of having foreign troops in Uganda.

However, my years of political involvement have shown me that people must not be judged on what they say, but on what they do.  As well-intentioned as they are couched, Russell’s actions move us toward American military involvement in Uganda under popular pressure and under a veneer of justice.  This is not an admirable goal and the talking points are familiar ones.

In fact, his techniques are so familiar that the maker of this film sounds like a neo-conservative, especially from September 10, 2001 until W’s mission accomplished speech on May 1, 2003.

I’m not going to spend time addressing the valid concerns that Uganda has oil reserves coveted by American interests, that U.S. interests wants to beat China to Africa’s resources and are looking for ways to have more of a military presence, that Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army might not be the threat they once were, that the crimes mentioned in Kony 2012 are an issue of the past and not ongoing, that Kony is believed to no longer be in Uganda, or that a tremendous amount of criticism has come out among Ugandans and other Africans against Kony 2012 and Kony 2012-type thinking.  All of that can easily be found by a person approaching this video with a critical mind and an Internet connection.

Instead I will address more fundamental issues that are as pertinent today as they are in any other conflict and in assessing any other piece of pro-war propaganda meant to impassion.  These are seven familiar techniques used by the neo-conservatives then and the neo-liberal Kony 2012 filmmakers today:

It’ll Be Easy
The makers of the film inform us that intervention in Uganda will be easy.  However, we all know that a warlord doesn’t get to be a warlord because it’s easy to kill him.  We’ve heard before that wars are easy.  I remember how Iraq part II was supposed to be a cakewalk.  If Americans understood that we were agreeing to 10+ years in Afghanistan, a post 9/11 assault on the Taliban and occupation would have been a harder sell.  I’m not sure that Americans today would support a war in Vietnam with our 20/20 hindsight about the conflict.  War isn’t easy.  That can be easy to forget. 

Are we to imagine that Joseph Kony doesn’t have a single general willing to follow in his footsteps?  Will the brainwashed and abused child soldiers welcome us with open arms?  Both of those concepts make this “easy” fight more complex and these questions don’t even begin to scratch the surface. 

I’m not convinced that this will be easy.  How poor of a memory does someone need to have to be IN THE MIDDLE of a war and to forget that military conflict is never guaranteed to be easy. 

Calling hard things easy is nothing new.  Door-to-door salesmen came up with a name for this technique – “the foot in the door technique.” It’s a technique that has surely been around as long as interpersonal communication has existed.  “C’mon, it won’t be as hard as you think” is the gist of it. Sometimes that’s true.  When it comes to war, that’s generally a lie.

He Has No Friends
“[Kony] is not supported by anyone,” we are told in Kony 2012.  Presumably everyone is Joseph Kony’s enemy.  He has no friends. Everyone in the region is against him.  Well, then it should be easy for him to be killed or captured without U.S. assistance right?  If U.S. assistance is needed, this claim sounds hard to believe. 

There Won’t Be Unintended Consequences
If the unintended consequences were apparent to the warmonger, then the modifier “unintended” would not be needed.  Causing problems and then coming along later saying “Sorry, I didn’t mean to do that” isn’t responsible.  It’s even less responsible to screw up another country with one of our interventions and to pretend that we could not possibly have imagined that there might be unintended consequences. 

Ultimately, Americans can just get in planes and leave Uganda if we screw things up. Ugandans, on the other hand, are stuck there.  We have no way of predicting what our intervention will do to their homeland.  This Ugandan writer, Javie Ssozi, even goes so far as to suggest that the movement could cause Kony to fight back, which could mean abducting more children to secure his position and go on the offensive in now peaceful Northern Uganda.

Take Up the White Man’s Burden
This is an ugly and seldom questioned aspect of every war America involves itself in.  People who are so devoid of racism in all other aspects of their lives can so easily buy into this concept written about by Rudyard Kipling in 1899 when the U.S. invaded the Philippines. 

Essentially, it’s the burden of the “advanced” white man to bring a better life to the “less advanced” non-whites.  Put a twist on that and we have a version of Manifest Destiny – it is the duty of the advanced Americans – God’s chosen people – to ride to Africa and help; their lands will be better off under our control than in their current state.

It’s so blindly arrogant to look at our lives and to say that our lives are better than the lives of people who we do not know in a place far away.  In the event that you’ve never slept under the roofs of poor families in third world countries, I should share with you that people smile all over the world and quite enjoy their lives.  My experience has been that even in the face of much adversity and even extreme poverty, the good people I’ve encountered would rather be left alone by America than ever lay eyes on an American soldier and the inevitable war zone that surrounds him.  Many people the world over are happy without America’s help even if their lives (like the lives of all human beings) are imperfect.

Attack Anti-War Ideology
Anti-war views can be ideological and inflexible.  Some who are anti-war guard against others coming along and tearing away at the firm ideas of being against war.  Common attacks to anti-war views propose moral questions intended to ruin the resolve of someone who is anti-war.  For example, the unlikely event of ticking time bomb scenarios are used in this way to try to erode at a person’s peaceful values. 

In case Obama’s presidency (the anti-war vote of 2008) hasn’t done enough to undermine the anti-war movement, Russell, who probably hates the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is calling for new military intervention.  That’s probably because he’s flexible on the role war should play as a tool and encourages others to be more flexible.  A war advocated by Dick Cheney to increase American military and corporate influence in the Middle East might be lousy, but if it’s advocated by someone I like for reasons I like then it’s suddenly grand to kill people.  Is a bloody war, a bloody women-and-children-killing, community-destroying, body-maiming, soil-polluting war, with unpredictable additional consequences okay if it’s done for humanitarian reasons and has a really cool marketing campaign? 

Simplistic Thinking
Even a child can see right and wrong.  The director demonstrates this by allowing us to watch as he tells his son about Joseph Kony.  It can be hard to understand right and wrong from the other side of the globe.  From my experience of years living abroad, it would surprise me if even 1% of people living outside of the U.S. have the vaguest sense of what life is like in America. 

At the same time, we Americans have no idea what life is like in Uganda.  An American expert living and studying in Uganda for 20 years might be able to really give a solid estimate of all kinds of facets of life in Uganda provided that you considered him trustworthy.  Six weeks in wartime Iraq, six weeks in wartime Afghanistan, six weeks in wartime Vietnam and even a soldier who is far removed from the day-to-day life of the average person in those countries can tell you that it’s a lot more complicated of a situation than anyone at home realizes.  He may not be able to describe the differences, but he recognizes that vast complexities exist. 

Almost 20 years after the first invasion of Iraq, it’s still asking too much to expect an American to explain the difference between Sunni and Shia in the land that we’ve been occupying, let alone make an educated argument for taking sides in an armed conflict.  Can any of us really be expected to discern what constitutes just and unjust in the context of Uganda’s internal politics?  Yet in the example of Kony 2012, that’s exactly what we’re being called on to do, each one of us individually is being asked to step forward and to argue on behalf of military intervention in Uganda – a country that few of us know much about.  As discerning thinkers seek to make themselves knowledgeable about Uganda, the more we learn about Uganda the less we’ll see we understand.  Just like our own country and any other country, the internal matters are complex, often more complex than most outsiders realize.

Ignoring the Hypocrisy of It All
America’s the cleanest country out there, right?  It’s an example of perfection, right?  Forget that there are American citizens who would like to see our last two presidents, Henry Kissinger, and many others indicted by the same war crime tribunal that has indicted Joseph Kony.

The following, from Glenn Greenwald, is such a good accounting of some of President Obama’s horrific behavior that I like to reference it regularly:

“President Obama — himself holds heinous views on a slew of critical issues and himself has done heinous things with the power he has been vested. He has slaughtered civilians — Muslim children by the dozens — not once or twice, but continuously in numerous nations with dronescluster bombs and other forms of attack.He has sought to overturn a global ban on cluster bombs.He has institutionalized the power of Presidents — in secret and with no checks — to target American citizens for assassination-by-CIA, far from any battlefield. He has waged an unprecedented war against whistleblowers, the protection of which was once a liberal shibboleth. He rendered permanently irrelevant the War Powers Resolution, a crown jewel in the list of post-Vietnam liberal accomplishments, and thus enshrined the power of Presidents to wage war even in the face of a Congressional vote against it. His obsession with secrecy is so extreme that it has become  darkly laughable in its manifestations, and he even worked to amend the Freedom of Information Act (another crown jewel of liberal legislative successes) when compliance became inconvenient.

“He has entrenched for a generation the once-reviled, once-radical Bush/Cheney Terrorism powers of indefinite detention, military commissions, and the state secret privilege as a weapon to immunize political leaders from the rule of law. He has shielded Bush era criminals from every last form of accountability. He has vigorously prosecuted the cruel and supremely racist War on Drugs,including those parts he vowed during the campaign to relinquish — a war which devastates minority communities and encages and converts into felons huge numbers of minority youth for no good reason. He has empowered thieving bankers through the Wall Street bailout, Fed secrecy,efforts to shield mortgage defrauders from prosecution, and the appointment of an endless roster of former Goldman, Sachs executives and lobbyists. He’s brought the nation to a full-on Cold War and a covert hot war with Iran, on the brink of far greater hostilities. He has made the U.S. as subservient as ever to the destructive agenda of the right-wing Israeli government. His support for some of the Arab world’s  most repressive regimes is as strong as ever.

“Most of all, America’s NationalSecurityState, its Surveillance State, and its posture of endless war is more robust than ever before. The nation suffers from what National Journal‘s Michael Hirsh just christened “Obama’s Romance with the CIA.” He has created what The Washington Post just dubbed “a vast drone/killing operation,” all behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy and without a shred of oversight. Obama’s steadfast devotion to what Dana Priest and William Arkin called “Top Secret America” has severe domestic repercussions as well, building up vast debt and deficits in the name of militarism that create the pretext for the “austerity” measures which the Washington class ( target="_blank"
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You see, if you weren’t American and watched American news perhaps twice a year, then maybe you would say “Wow, I can’t understand why Obama isn’t being tried as a war criminal yet.  All those people he kills in other countries, you’d think his people would want him tried as a war criminal. If some outsider would just swoop in and deliver him to the Hague, everything would be better.”  Thank goodness other countries don’t cluelessly get involved in our internal affairs – what a mess that would be.

I don’t want to determine guilt or innocence by comparing Obama to Kony, but aren’t we the American voter, the American taxpayer infinitely more responsible for going after Obama than Kony?  Obama is our murderer.  We enable him.  Kony is someone else’s murderer.  It may be convenient to ignore Obama’s crimes and go after Kony.  Is it just though, to be concerned with the speck in the Ugandan eye, while ignoring the log in our own?

Invading another country about which we know little while essentially ignoring the faults of our own is the wrong step for an America interested in justice.

Allan Stevo is a writer from Chicago – author of the #1 Best Selling Book at LewRockwell.com for the month of February, the recently released How to Win America for Ron Paul and the Cause of Freedom in 2012, a book on how Ron Paul supporters can secure the GOP nomination and with certainty deliver a presidential win for Ron Paul in 2012.

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ALEX JONES on the KONY 2012 FRAUD

Especially on Angelina Jolie who is supporting multiple wars in Africa.

Alex Jones could not be more correct here...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtGEBmSmOqI&context=C4ab1248A...

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

K KONY da Phony Balony

Ie been posting these posts on the Kony face book page for the last week. Pretty much 99% of replies were likes and agree with the statements and video, and then every now and then you had the Idiots repetedly attack, who would not listen to facts or logic.

Ive been banned 4 times now, My own page and a few others I created to spread the truth.

Here are the Posts. Please go to face book and keep posting them because I think all of mine have been deleted.

"Do not support Anything that Advocates more Military action in a Country that has massive resorces, there is always an ulterier motive. Oil has just been discovered and now you are all falling for a pitch, about an Evil prick of a guy, Who hasn't been in Uganda in 6 years, it makes as much sense to say, lets go into Uganda and get Saddam Hussian. Research some facts! Oil has been discovered and the US Corporate interests / Banks /Military Industries / Oil Companies want to profit from it. Its the Ugandas Peoples fight and its a Fight in which they DO NOT want foreign troops of any kind swamping thier country. That will only serve to increase the numbers of these People like Kony building up a resistance army and starting these practices all over again! watch this video for an explaination of how things happen the way they do.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQs5hoHW_Qc "

And this One

"If you support Kony 2012 then you are actively helping the cause you are fighting against. If US or any Foreign forces enter Uganda, it will make it easier for people like Kony to recruit an army and start these attrocities all over again. THINK before you support something!
No US/NATO/UN Invasion of Uganda! Stop supporting WAR!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vts0tqsFcJ0 "

plus a few others. Kony is such a scam and propaganda piece, its amazing any falls for it.

WARNING: Do not be fooled. This publicity is an another way to

Flood the country with Ugandan refugees across the country just in time for financial chaos. Remember these and people coming from a war zone where for a century war and senseless violence is the norm.

This is the same with the George Clooney "Sudan Arrest" threater.
Did you see the picture of who was there to interview him? Andrea Mitchell...gee coincedence?

One of the biggest refugee organizations working in America is a zionist organisation (under some name I forget). They get funding from the Federal govt and where they settle them is up to them. The local towns and cities have no say in overwheleming suburban schools and towns with refugees.

This is a precursor of what is happening. The stunts and video are to make the whole think legal and make the people accept it...otherwise people will question the local leaders and the fed what is happening.
This is only to legitimize what is to come.
If anyone has time please research this further and post.

If you doubt this...look up what happened after the Dan Rather news stories about Sudanese war children.
Or what happened after Somalia under Clinton(Black Hawk Down incident).

NPR had a interview on their show during that time but soon took it down right after the air.
In the show they name the israelli organization who is refugee resettlement organization!

STOP KONY 2012

PREMISE

There is a bad guy in central Africa named Joseph Kony who has been committing crimes against humanity for over 20 years. The US and other world governments are unwilling to go after him since he has never done anything to them. Therefore, Invisible Children Inc. believes that everyone should demand that their government assist in bringing Kony to justice. A worldwide grassroots effort has been launched for this sole purpose, one that Invisible Children Inc. believes to be of monumental importance to the future of the world and humanity itself.

MOTIVATION

Like most human ideas, movements, and policies, this film is fueled by good intentions. However, it's not the intentions that I disagree with but rather the means of implementation, as well as the ambiguous reality that would ensue. There's an old saying about the road to hell and good intentions...wait, how does that one go?

LEGAL CHALLENGE

The Federal Government of the United States operates (whoops, I meant to say "is supposed to operate") under the rule of law of the US Constitution. KONY 2012 advocates a complete disregard for the framework of our Republic.

1. Using the Military - Only the Congress has the power to commit the US military. To do so, they must pass a Declaration Of War. In the film, the staff of Invisible Children Inc. are shown celebrating and cheering when they learn that President Obama deployed 100 troops to Central Africa. This highlights both Invisible Children’s and the President’s ignorance when it comes to the role of the Legislative branch regarding foreign affairs and war. Although the President is the Commander and Chief of the military once deployed, he cannot authorize the military’s deployment without Congressional approval. Furthermore, the Constitution makes no provision for US forces to serve under any foreign or global command.

1b. Letters of Marque and Reprisal - What's that you say? "The Congress cannot declare war on Kony and the LRA because they're not a foreign government or country!" Good point. However, our founders had this one handled as well. There is a constitutional provision known as a Letter of Marque and Reprisal which allows the Congress and the President to go after specific, even non-governmental threats. In 1815, James Madison followed this procedure in response to the Barbary Pirates. More recently, Congressman Ron Paul introduced the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001 as a means of constitutionally going after the terrorists responsible for the attacks on 9/11.

We cannot legally use either of these Constitutional powers to go after Kony because he has not committed an offense against the USA. The idea that our military would be used to police the world was abhorrent to the founding fathers. They believed in the Christian Just War Theory, which states that only defensive/non-aggressive wars are ever justifiable. In fact, there are 4 concrete criterion that must be met before a war is justifiable:

The damage inflicted by the aggressor on the nation or community of nations must be lasting, grave, and certain;
All other means of putting an end to it must have been shown to be impractical or ineffective;
There must be serious prospects of success;
The use of arms must not produce evils and disorders graver than the evil to be eliminated.

America fought her own fight just as the people of central Africa must fight their own fight. Yes, we received the help of the French during our revolution but never did the colonists believe that the French help was something owed; we were lucky to have it. Subsequently, what happened when the French petitioned our first president to help with their fledgling revolution? Washington declined, sighting that it was none of America’s business. Later, when departing his presidency, Washington admonished us once again to stay out of foreign entanglements. I have no doubt that he would be shocked and appalled by our membership and participation in several world bodies, such as the United Nations.

Thomas Jefferson spent his whole presidency doing everything he could to avoid a costly war. He believed that a new war might threaten to destroy the very nation he had just helped to create. It’s possible that James Madison wasn’t quite as skilful as Jefferson when it came to negotiating peace with Europe. Within 4 years of Jefferson’s return to civilian life the White House was burned to the ground by the British in the War of 1812.

This non-interventionist foreign policy persisted into the 20th century. The American public wanted nothing to do with World War I and luckily we managed to avoid 75% of it. The same can be said for the tumultuous European affairs of the 1930s and the first 2 years of World War II.

“Mr. Republican”, Senator Robert Taft, staunchly opposed our involvement in NATO and the Korean War on strict Constitutional grounds: “My conclusion, therefore, is that in the case of Korea, where a war was already under way, we had no right to send troops to a nation, with whom we had no treaty, to defend it against attack by another nation, no matter how unprincipled that aggression might be, unless the whole matter was submitted to Congress and a declaration of war or some other direct authority obtained.”

There is a long non-interventionist tradition in the American Republic but sadly, over the last 60 years there has been an ever-growing propagation of unconstitutional involvement in foreign affairs. Kony is a criminal, no doubt about it. But if we need to bring him to justice then we must follow the Constitution. Breaking our own laws to catch him won’t make it right…I think there’s an old saying about this one as well.

HISTORICAL CHALLENGE

Having already highlighted a few instances throughout our history where Americans have gone out of their way to avoid foreign involvements, lets take a look at some of the instances where the US Government has strived for the very opposite: to take money from it’s own citizens and use it to risk the lives its young American soldiers for the stated purpose of ousting foreign bad guys and promoting human rights.

1. Afghanistan: When the poor and innocent Afghan people are suddenly attacked by an evil world superpower, a flood of US taxpayer money is sent to fund the Mujahideen and their golden boy, Osama Bin Laden, in the fight for freedom. Armed with the latest US-made anti aircraft Stinger missiles the poor Afghans fight back valiantly against the invading communists! But then the Americans turn their back on the conflict and once the Soviets have been repelled the Afghans become radicalized against their former ally. America’s favorite freedom fighter becomes the world’s most wanted man as well as an excuse to invade and occupy an entire country. Corrupt political and corporate influences result in the conflict developing into a nation building mission and the American taxpayer finds himself spending money to rebuild the same Afghan bridges and facilities that he paid to blow up in the first place while his own domestic infrastructure collapses around him. When Bin Laden escapes out of Afghanistan the Americans begin bombing the surrounding sovereign nations without the consent of those governments or their own Congress. It’s a storyline that would make a great suspense thriller if it weren’t all tragically true. 2012 Estimates put the cost of the Afghanistan war at over $500 billion with at least 19,000 killed and hundreds of thousands displaced or injured.

2. Iraq: Much like Kony, Saddam Hussein was a bad guy. He killed thousands of his own people (using weapons we gave him to invade Iran in the 1980s) and perhaps it’s for the better that he’s gone. But, what if it wasn’t for the better? What if Saddam Hussein couldn't have ever have caused as much pain and suffering as the resulting carnage of our war? The cost of the Iraq war is even more staggering than that of the Afghanistan War: 900,000 killed (90% being civilians), over 1.6million injured, $801 billion spent, an alarming epidemic of suicide and post traumatic stress disorder in our veterans, and for what, a better – more free Iraq? The new government of Iraq has done something that Hussein never did: removed the separation of church and state. The new “democracy” we were told was being established is now a full blown theocracy. Article 2 of the newly established Iraqi Constitution states: “Islam is the official religion of the State and it is a fundamental source of legislation: A. No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.” Furthermore, Al Queda has now infiltrated Iraq, something they could never have accomplished when Hussein was in power. Lets not overlook the facts that this war was justified by the supposed existence of weapons of mass destruction (BLTs as Ali G put it) which were proven to have never existed. Secondly, we were never attacked, our national security was never threatened, and our Congress never declared war.

3. Egypt: After supporting Hosni Mubarak’s rule over the Egyptian people to the tune of about $50 billion over several decades, the tide of worldwide popular opinion finally caught up to that of the Egyptian people and in an effort to save face the US hopped on the “Mubarak Must Go” train. Funny how no American ever wondered where Mubarak got his tanks, guns, and tools of enslavement? Now, with Mubarak gone, Egypt has slid into an even worse state; where the people are now fighting against the very military that just freed them from their own oppressor. Where is the world support for the Egyptian people now?

4. Libya: Muammar Qaddafi, the “Mad Dog of the Middle East”. Although he was a thorn in the western world’s side during his younger years, he certainly toned down his angst and started playing nice as he aged:

In December 2003, Libya announced that it had agreed to reveal and end its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction and to renounce terrorism, and Gaddafi made significant strides in normalizing relations with western nations. He received various Western European leaders as well as many working-level and commercial delegations, and made his first trip to Western Europe in 15 years when he traveled to Brussels in April 2004. Libya responded in good faith to legal cases brought against it in U.S. courts for terrorist acts that predate its renunciation of violence. Claims for compensation in the Lockerbie bombing, LaBelle disco bombing, and UTA 772 bombing cases are ongoing. The U.S. rescinded Libya's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism in June 2006. In late 2007, Libya was elected by the General Assembly to a nonpermanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2008–2009 term.

The US rewarded Qaddafi’s efforts by blowing him up. Like all heads of state, Qaddafi, and particularly his sons, lived lavishly. But unlike many dictators, he spread Libya’s wealth around:

Before Qaddafi, literacy in Libya was only 10%. In 2011 literacy was at 90%.
Malnutrition in Libya was 2%—a figure lower than the USA.
Education from grade school through college was free.
Healthcare was free and Libyan pharmacies and hospitals were comparable to high-quality European facilities.
Libya ranked No. 53 on the United Nations Index of Human Development.
Libya had the highest standard of living in Africa. In 1969, before Qaddafi, it was the lowest in the world at just $60 per year in income.
Qaddafi gave free land, livestock, machinery, and seeds to anyone who wanted to farm.
There wais virtually no homelessness in Libya as everyone was given a home. Home ownership was seen as a right.
Women in Libya had equal rights, not only in philosophy, but also in practice.
When a couple married they were gifted $50,000 to do with as they pleased; furnish their home, take a holiday, honeymoon, buy a car, etc.
There was no interest on loans. Banks in Libya were state-owned and loans were given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
There was no electricity bill in Libya; electricity was free for all citizens.

Like the other newly freed countries of the Middle East, Libya finds herself struggling in the post dictator era. Radical Islam is taking root, Al Queda has come into the country, scores of weapons and money have gone missing, and the transitional government is in chaos. Will future Libyans look at America positively for our actions in their country’s early history or will they join today’s Afghans, Iraqis, and Iranians?

5. Vietnam: Today we have 100 “advisers” in central Africa to help capture Kony. The Obama administration claims that these troops won’t be used in active combat but as my dad says: “I’ve seen this movie before.” In 1950 the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) was sent to South Vietnam. In May 1961, President Kennedy bolstered their numbers by sending 400 Green Berets as “special advisers”. By the end of 1961 there were over 16,000 US military “advisers” in the country and a full-blown war was underway shortly thereafter. In 1975, a quarter of a century since the first US military advisers arrived, after suffering 350,000 casualties, the US finally withdrew from Vietnam. Today, communist Vietnam is developing rapidly and is a major US trading partner. We can accomplish so much more for ourselves and for the world through peace and friendship than we ever could at the end of a barrel of a gun.

PHILOSOPHICAL CHALLENGE

This paper isn’t meant to delve into the deep, crystal clear waters of the libertarian school of thought but I believe that a few extra points should be considered:

1. The Line In The Sand: If we go after Kony, does that mean we should go after every bad guy in the world? Should we only go after the worst violators of human rights and ignore the lesser ones? What if those evil people command huge armies? What if they have nuclear weapons? What if the suspect escapes into a country that doesn’t welcome our presence? How many American lives are we willing to lose to get Kony? How much money are we willing to spend? Why didn’t we stop the genocide in Rwanda or Sudan? What about the fact that the Chinese have killed hundreds of times more people than Kony?

2. The Pot and The Kettle: We never declared war on Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan, just to name a few. Yet, our unconstitutional involvements in these countries have destroyed more lives than an entire division of Konys ever could. Who are we to claim the side of all knowing righteousness? Isn’t there already too much blood on our interventionist foreign policy’s hands? Given the unintended consequences of our previous foreign involvements, what makes us think that this adventure will go any better?

3. Federal Reserve Notes: If the US is over $15 trillion in debt where will we get the money to pay for this overseas spending? Are the people of the USA willing to pay a Kony 2012 tax out of their paycheck to fund this mission? If not, will anyone lend us the money? If not, should the Federal Reserve print more dollars to fund this mission? If printing dollars makes every dollar worth a little bit less, won’t it take more dollars to buy the same amount of goods? If prices go up domestically, won’t they go up worldwide since our dollar is the reserve currency of the world? Won’t higher prices worldwide cause more suffering than Kony ever could in his small section of Africa? Given that our dollar has already lost 98% of its value in the last 100 years, what if our overseas spending finally destroys the remaining 2%? What will become of our country, or the world, if our currency collapses?

4. Morality: Is it moral to denounce one man’s killing of innocent life while at the same time advocating the use of military force which often kills innocent bystanders in the process? Is it moral to ask young American soldiers to violate their oath to uphold the Constitution by sending them to an unconstitutional conflict? Is it moral to take money from one group of people and give it to another group, for any reason? Is it moral to help one group of people but ignore another? Is it moral to intervene in a conflict that does not directly threaten our safety?

SOLUTIONS OF LIBERTY

I, like the creators of KONY 2012, want Kony and LRA destroyed. It’s easy to point the finger of blame and this paper would be remiss if it did not present some solutions.

The best thing we can do for the world is restore liberty here at home and allow the world to see the benefits for themselves. Allow them to emulate us, not depend us. Allow them to respect us, not hate us. Without getting our own house in order we stand little chance of being successful in helping others.

Libertarians believe that the fruit of your labor is an unalienable right. Thus, the income tax is immoral and unjustifiable (it’s also technically unconstitutional but we’ll save that argument for another day.) Imagine how much more charitable Americans could be with an extra 15-40% in earnings. Imagine how much more innovation and advancement the world would see if businesses were able to focus on advancing and producing new technologies rather than complying with over bearing governmental compliance and taxation.

In a free society you would be allowed to go over to Uganda and join the fight in any way you wish. You could form an armed militia or even an army of mercenaries and offer your services to the government in need. These options are of course illegal for a US citizen to do today.

If more of the world understood and adopted liberty, the chances of a Kony ever coming to power in the first place would be greatly reduced.

Under capitalism, freedom, success, the standard of living, and the chances of a peaceful existence all increase dramatically. Uganda, and the nations surrounding it, would be more equipped to respond to this threat if they were more advanced and prosperous. The ability of a single person to control another through violence is curbed in a truly free society because the right to self-defense is bolstered through supportive legislation and economic means. Also, uprisings and conflicts would be rarer if the Just War Theory was more widespread and recognized. I understand that these points are more long term and theoretical than anything previously stated herein but I do believe that painting the big picture is worth a few words.

PRIORITIES

The USA is over $15 trillion in debt (That looks like this: http://usdebt.kleptocracy.us/) We are fast approaching a sovereign debt crisis that threatens to destroy our currency and way of life. The US Military is stationed in over 130 countries around the world. In 2011 alone, the USA bombed 6 countries. The health of our troops and veterans is worse today than ever. Many troops have served multiple tours of duty overseas and have now come back to a wartime economy with few jobs to offer them. The division between Americans today is comparable to that of the 1860s. We now have laws that allow the US Military to abduct and indefinitely detain American citizens in secret prisons without ever giving them a trial. The Patriot Act allows our government to read our emails, listen to our phone calls, and break into our homes without the consent of a judge and search warrant. The President now claims that he has the authority to assassinate American citizens that he suspects are terrorists without ever having to present his evidence to a judge or jury. I’d much rather see Invisible Children Inc. focus their efforts on these invisible and ignored domestic issues.

Victor Hugo was correct when he stated that “Nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.” But KONY 2012 is the same idea that we’ve been following to our own detriment for the past century: more government, more force, more spending. KONY 2012 is not the idea whose time has come, that spot has already been reserved by the R3VOLUTION.

I think people caught on

that there was an agenda behind KONY2012, so theyhad to have the attention re-directed towards the producer, and away from the people behind the scenes.

Hence the spectacle of public nudity due to "exhaustion".

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

Attacking the countries worth looting.

http://www.economist.com/content/global_debt_clock

In the green, Iraq, Pakistan Yemen, Libya invaded. Iran, Syria and Uganda in the Cross hairs?

The Red countries are looting the green countries on false pretenses.

Free includes debt-free!

Interesting global map

I like how you can scroll through the years, I wish it had more.

Agreed, longer timeline needed.

And why wasn't data available for Iraq and Afghanistan in 2000?

Free includes debt-free!

First-hand experience sent to do "right"

And it only ended wrong!

Not only in other parts of the world, but specifically Africa too.

Mogadishu, Somalia.

Many lives lost, billions of dollars wasted, complete failure.

We must lead through example, and government intervention is not a good example.

Other than asking for government intervention, I applaud the efforts and activism, and hope they succeed with the people and governments that are involved.

Why should any 18 year-old US soldier

go and risk injury or death to fight in that miserable war-torn country in an attempt to "save the children?" What happens when one of those children, tragically bent to violence, kills some of our troops? and our troops shoot back? A Lose-lose situation all around.

Better yet, the guy who made the video ought to go over as a volunteer to fight Kony himself. Many US citizens did the same in the Spanish Civil war, the Finnish Winter war, and some joined the RAF and flew in Eagle squadron during the Battle of Britain. You may not agree with the wars they fought in, but at least they were honest enough not demand anyone else to go on their behalf fulfill their personal crusade!

All these hand wringing bleeding hearts should shed some of their blood to ease their armchair consciences and satisfy their driving need that "Something ought to be done!" by doing it themselves!

Remember how we tried to save Somalia from starvation from the bad guys? All we got was Blackhawk Down and our dead troops bodies dragged though the streets.

Then there was the false flag in Kuwait with the Kuwait ambassador's daughter lying about the cruel Iraqi soldiers

Others scenarios come to mind. The sinking of the USS Maine. The RMS Lusitania which became a pawn played by the Brits to lure the US into WWI. And so on.

No more. Let the EU or someone else play hero. It's nothing but a profit bump for the military contractors anyway as they supply the goods to finance another military intervention.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Very good article

And as I said on another Kony topic here on DP:

"God I love how us Ron Paul supporters actually research things before jumping on a bandwagon"

And it's true, Ron Paul has all of the critical thinkers. :)

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

This, from a Ugandan colleague...

"This documentary is at least 7 years out of date; Kony fled Uganda some years back and the local people have returned to their homes! It is weird because it might have had a meaningful impact if it had been aired then; for now I'm not sure of what the producer intends to achieve! The damage has been done and the scars are beyond belief; we adopted a young lady who was a victim of all this; she has just completed her [secondary education] so that goes to show how out-of-date the documentary is!"

A MUST READ

KONY 2012: State Propaganda for a New Generation

http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/kony-2012-state-pr...

Not Scammed...But What Do We Do???

"Kony 2012 is not a search for justice. Kony 2012 is a corporate-style PR and psy-ops campaign, a cynical hoax engineered to justify US and Western military intervention to control the incredibly lucrative oil, mineral, water and strategic resources of the heart of Africa."

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30846.htm

Question: Most of us on this site were not "scammed" by the propaganda building up to Iraq and yet we went to war and destroyed that country.

Not "scammed" by the "Arab Spring" and yet Egypt is a mess...Libya...now Syria..and next Iran and African nations. And to think this was all ANNOUNCED prior to...

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/neoconservatives-plan...

Sigh..Only replacing Washington will stop the massacres.

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Steve, excellent and courageous article.

I especially liked the end. "Obama is our murderer. Kony is Uganda's." "Isn't it our job to take care of our own murderer and let Uganda handle theirs?" (From memory, may not be a precise quote of you.)

Good video response

Too bad the Kony guys don't allow comments or video responses.

Thank you

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