I’m still bothered by the hype created by the Kony 2012 people. So Joseph Kony has been marauding and pillaging for 26 years and tragically altered the lives of 30,000 children and their families. What about what Joseph Stalin did for 30 years in the USSR, what about the millions who were starved to death in the 1930s in Ukraine? Why is it so much easier to turn Americans heads to something that is going on in the jungles of Africa? With all the historical literature, police records and archival evidence at our disposal about the atrocities of the gulag in Russia and specifically the karlag system in Kazakhstan, why the silence?
These very same people who are lobbying, want our U.S. military to go and save the African children who are kidnapped. Aren’t they the same people who were against President George Bush who wanted to get Hussein out of Iraq and tried for war crimes and capture bin Laden for 9/11? Didn’t we deploy our military to those countries? Apparently this is different. We are supposedly only going to send 100 “advisors” to be on the ground. That’s how Vietnam started. Okay, so now as of December 2011, Joseph Kony has been served notice he is the top most wanted man according to the I.C.C.
What’s this latest thing with George Clooney being arrested today in front of the Sudan embassy in Washington D.C? He is NOT one of my favorite actors (“Perfect Storm” was the last bomb I watched of him though he was funny in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) Does Clooney know something about Joseph Kony moving back from Uganda into the very place where he was armed by the Muslim leadership in the north to shoot and kill the Christian population in southern Sudan? I guess the American media and publicity will shed light on what is going on right now so the killing and kidnapping can stop. YES, I am all for Joseph Kony being stopped.
However, more energy should be exerted in our school systems to know the atrocities that Joseph Stalin committed and make him infamous. He was far, far worse than Hitler but the academic community is silent on that score, why? Instead of making Joseph Kony famous, let’s make Joseph Stalin infamous. The youthful enthusiasm going into this during election year has me greatly puzzled. April 20th will be the big night out for people to demonstrate their feelings about Kony. What if Kony is captured and killed before then? That would be a little bit of a bummer for the organizers, right?
To me, this is too well orchestrated…too sinister on many levels. I hope I am wrong about the Invisible Children founders. Gavin Russell certainly is a cute little boy who could tell the bad guy (Joseph Kony) from the good guy Jacob who lost his brother to the L.R.A. Gavin’s father is doing what he can for justice. However, I’m reminded of the verse from Micah:
“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?”