Now having found a pretext for direct military intervention in the region, it would not do for Joseph Kony to be captured or killed too quickly. No, in this case the bogeyman will not be given the ten years of grace given to the elusive bin Laden, whose corpse none of us have yet seen, but …. well, it wouldn’t do to kill him just yet. Of course, as was the case with the elusive bin “whatever his name was”, they will need their little successes and that is why we shouldn’t be surprised to read that the Ugandan army has said that it “has caught Caesar Achellam, a Major-General in Kony’s outfit of about 200 fighters, in an ambush along the banks of the River Mbou in Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday.”
Now is anyone asking who Caesar Achellam actually is? Well, we are informed by a Uganda People’s Defence Force (UDPF) spokesman that the capture of this “Major-General in an outfit of about 200 fighters”, which might make us think that the LRA really is all chiefs and no indians, is “big progress because he is a big fish.” Ah, “a big fish” and what we might have is just one more fishy story in the very tall tale of Washington’s humanitarian intervention in Africa.