This post actually refers back to a post which was written on January 10th, 2009. In other words a post that is over two years old and that is why it is important to quote it as part of my final word on the ‘Kony 2012’ campaign.
The last few pages of Matthew Green’s book, based on Joseph Kony were read on the Madrid metro and, while Matthew nor myself would wish to exonerate Joseph Kony, we would both appear to agree that he is a bit player in a bigger drama. The nail is really hit on the head when Mr Green writes, “The roots of Kony’s war stretched all the way back to the north-south divide crystalized under colonial rule, then nourished by Uganda’s cycles of post-independence bloodshed. But as long as the conflict was portrayed as the result of one man’s seemingly inexplicable “evil”, there was no need for people to look any deeper. And blaming one ‘madman’ played right into Museveni’s hands.(1) Blaming Kony makes it easy for Museveni’s powerful backers in London and Washington to not just turn a blind eye on Museveni’s forcibly transferring the Acholi population into camps where they are left literally to rot, but also to tacitly give their agreement to this strategy.
1. Matthew Green, ‘The Wizard of the Nile’, London 2008, p 312
This is, of course, correct. However, I would go further, and not only has Museveni’s ethnic cleansing of the Acholi been given the green light, but ultimately any direct intervention in the region by the United States can also be sold as some sort of humanitarian exercise. That is, of course, what is happening and it is something that is also being facilitated by the “Kony 2012” campaign. Furthermore, in casting our eyes over the region we might bear this in mind when we consider the actor George Clooney’s actions, well-intentioned or nor and even if we might welcome any American-Chinese cooperation that might help the African people. Omar al-Bashir and Kony have to be stopped, but not in order for Museveni, Kagame and their American and British backers to continue their own crimes.