Baloney 2012

Imperialist Propaganda Film Making Waves on YouTube

Uganda is undoubtedly rife with resources for Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron, et al. to plunder, otherwise why would a viral film like Kony 2012 be popping up on YouTube? And the unwitting, or perhaps even duplicitously savvy shill’s film — and its Hollywood accomplices — are certainly making ample headlines. The ostensible end of the viral YouTube picture would appear to be pressing for yet another “humanitarian” intervention. After all AFRICOM is still based in Stuttgart, Germany, so the US and its partners are undoubtedly pining away for another place to base their banefulness and multifarious tools of mass destruction.

The US-Western-backed dictator Yoweri Museveni is somehow never mentioned in the film. A man whose iron fist, and human rights violations have given rise to a monstrous opposition movement like the Kony-led Lord’s Resistance Army. And Museveni has been involved in numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity himself. And about 40% of the Ugandan people live in immense poverty under Museveni’s authority. Indeed, on Museveni’s inauguration day (23 years ago) he said that Africa’s problems were largely caused by leaders who overstay their time in power: leading to impunity, the promotion of patronage, and corruption. Museveni — from whom the Congo was awarded a $10 billion judgement by an International Court of Justice ruling because of his atrocities — should, undoubtedly, be brought to justice also.

The International Criminal Court (led by Luis Moreno Ocampo) is also highlighted in this film. A court that is already widely discredited in Africa. Since its inception in 2002 the ICC has targeted solely African and other developing world leaders. Jean Ping, the head of the African Union, has said about the ICC and Ocampo, “We Africans and the African Union are not against the International Criminal Court. We are against Ocampo who is rendering justice with double standards.” The ICC has had many opportunities to indict Western war criminals/leaders — such as Bush, Blair, Olmert and Cheney — since it has come into being, and it has, of course, wholly failed to do so.

US militarism being promoted as a solution or panacea is never an answer. American military advisers going into a nation is exceedingly rarely — if ever — good. And certainly not for the ostensible end of humanitarianism. The film and its campaigners are certainly folks to continue to keep a close eye on in my opinion. As suggested earlier, perhaps they are just well meaning dupes, but the film presents a very limited picture as to what ails the Central African nation of Uganda. And again to exuberantly support US militarism, as a goal against the Lord’s Resistance Army, is unequivocally highly suspect to even downright reprehensible at the absolute very worst.

Sean Fenley is an independent progressive who would like to see the end of the dictatorial duopoly of the so-called two party adversarial system. He would also like to see some sanity brought to the creation and implementation of current and future U.S. military, economic, foreign and domestic policies. Read other articles by Sean.