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Kony 2012 – The arguments from both sides

I’m sure everyone by now has seen the KONY 2012 video made by the Invisible Children (IC), if not, you’ve clearly been living udner a rock because it’s all over the internet! I know 30 minutes is a bit steep for a youtube video, but I promise you it is an absolute must see.

The whole point of this video is to make Joseph Kony famous ” not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.” As said in the video, no one knows who Kony is “he is invisible”. I would put money on it that at least 95% of people who watched that video had never heard of him before and couldn’t point out Uganda on a map – But that is the whole point of this video! Whether people knew him before or not is not the issue here, the issue is,  this man has abducted, killed, raped, enslaved and wrongly trained children just like and even younger than us. It is not right and it must be stopped! And through the power of the people (excuse the cliché) things have been done and with this video going viral hopefully more will be done, what is the harm in trying?

As awful as it sounds, governments will only invest in things that interest the people. And people lobbying the American government is what has gotten us this far.

But instead of looking at the clearly greater positive side of this video and campaign, you have these negative idiots on Facebook who are afraid to belong to a majority “trend” trying to make this into a bad thing. The argument is so weak it’s clearly obvious that people are being stubborn. Their main points of argument are coming from this article by the visable children. These negative so and so’s are saying people are being too easily influenced by this campaign, and just jumping on the band wagon. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t that what is exactly happening with the people who read this opposing article? This site is showing one negative view point, so isn’t it also, and even more so biased?

The main points discussed in this article fluctuate around the finances of the IC. This documentary cost $2 million to make. Excuse me, but it’s a global campaign – $2 million is standard. Think of equipment, editing, all these action kits, posters and t-shirts that have been made. This was an excellently made documentary and would not have worked so well and gone viral if it wasn’t.

Another point of the article claims that because only 30% of funds in the IC go to charity that they are making a profit. This is money that pays for campaigns and hard work. These people deserve a wages and since when is earning a wage for very hard-working and extremely dangerous work making a profit?

IC won’t allow their accounts to be audited. I would love to know that this is just purely out of principal on behalf of the IC. But no one knows why this is for definite. I agree it’s shady looking, but it is a totally separate thing to this amazing campaign that is bringing the world together and shouldn’t take from the fact that Kony needs to be stopped.

This article stupidly says that Kony has stopped abducting children and isn’t even in Uganda any more, he’s gone into hiding in the Congo. Now, lets all pause here for a second and consider why this is. This is because 100 American soldiers were deployed to Uganda and Kony knew shit was going down so he bailed. How dare the Visible Children think they can claim there is no need for this campaign, it is absolutely ridiculous. IC are making a difference and the Ugandan army with the help of the US military in areas of training intelligence and equipment, will catch Kony and put him to justice.

Kony is an evil dictator who is brain washing the next generation for no reason other than remaining and gaining more power, sound familiar? Ding Ding, Adolf Hitler. People were oblivious, ignorant and afraid back then and it just cannot happen again.

If you research this topic, Joseph Kony has a pattern. He pretends to back down, hosts peace talks and then abducts more children. Just because this has stopped for the last while, should he be allowed to roam the Congo a free man? Who knows what he is planning. Whether things have stopped or not does not change that he is number one on the world’s most wanted list and it is about time he was caught.

People are also rightfully saying that this is a historic moment for social media. There is no doubt in my mind that this will go down in history books. Social media has too many negative points but for once we can celebrate the ease in which this campaign can be shared and awareness can be made – it is amazing. And discussion on this topic is totally necessary, discussion is good, when people know the facts of both sides.

What I can’t deal with is people trying t be different and seeking the bad in absolutely everything – since when did money issues > children being abducted, raped, killed, conscripted? The argument just doesn’t stand!

Some people are also saying, “when did people become humanitarians” – when did people become so cynical!? Now, people’s eyes have been opened, and it’s so easy to get involved by simply signing a pledge and sharing the video. It is their own choice whether they donate how ever much they want or to purchase the action kit for $22. What is wrong with people becoming charitable? Why should we have to prove ourselves as humanitarians? THIS IS A GOOD THING! I commend anyone who chooses to get involved or even watch and share the video.

I’m not afraid to blend in as part of the Stop Kony 2012. I’ve listened to both sides and made the obvious decision to support this cause. My action kit is ordered and as a 21 year old girl in this historic moment, I am going to get involved as much as I can. I am not going to be one of those twats that fear of being the same, I am concentrating on the true issue here, that belongs at the forefront of this argument.

Sophia Mc Andrew

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2 Comments on “Kony 2012 – The arguments from both sides”

  1. Andrew March 9, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Unfortunately the “aid” they are giving equates to military funding for Uganda. In this context funding for a military that A) has not had any contact with Kony since 2005 and B) doesn’t exactly have the best human rights record themselves (see: genocide and …oh yeah child soldiers). In fact the Ugandan Army was the exact same type of paramilitary guerilla force as the LRA following the fall of Idi Amin. The only difference is that they won and changed their name from the National Resistance Army (sound familiar) to the Uganda People’s Defence Army. I’m not opposed to people being aware of the issue, but the movements goal is to raise money for IC. For those who say the goal is to raise awareness in the US will make elected officials do something should know that AFRICOM (the US military and Intelligence command in Africa) has attempted to kill Kony on several occassions. If you think that a large scale incursion into the Congo by Ugandan forces would be a good thing or more effective than US special forces than Im sorry but your an idiot. Every time its resulted in the death of children soldiers, and the LRA has retaliated by killing civilians. In this case doing nothing is a far better option than doing what they plan. Also maybe we should be discussing the amount of times foreign military intervention in Africa has had a positive consequence, because I’m really starting to get tired of this White Man’s Burden bullshit. With the exception of Sierra Leone the answer would be zero (anyone who responds with Libya might want to wait awhile before they predict the consequences of a political vacuum in an ethnically divided country with foreign oil revenue and more paramilitary forces than you could shake a stick at).

    Lastly this media campaign focuses on the child soldiers of the LRA as if they’re the only ones on the continent. Not only are their more children affected by warfare in West Africa, but these children can also be helped. They’ve returned to post-war societies that both hate and fear them. Plus many of them have HIV/AIDS due to sexual abuse or PSTD. I’ll be impressed if any of you can identify the nations where these children fought, the name of the forces involved, or the history behind the conflicts.

    I’ll leave you with this link to a picture of IC’s leaders with Ugandan Army Operatives they’ve just armed. http://www.wrongingrights.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/GlennaGordon_InvisibleChildrenA.jp

  2. Limnetic Villains March 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    Andrew, just want to take you up on the fact you mention genocide in relation to the current military in Uganda, then mention how after the fall of Idi Amin how the Ugandan Army was the same as the LRA. I stopped reading at that point because you contradicted yourself and you are obviously a plum.

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