So you might be wondering, what the hell is this “make Kony famous 2012” crap? Well, if you’re anything like me: Today I went on Facebook minding my own business hoping to see maybe a cool video about puppies, talking to friends on Facebook chat while they’re at school, stalking a guy that I like and never actually saying anything to him. You know, doing that kind of stuff, and I get bombarded with this “make Kony famous” crap, and I get further bombarded by everyone on my friends list that are now patting themselves on the back and feeling like these fabulous humanitarians for sharing a video on Facebook. The first time I saw it I clicked to watch it on my phone, and I saw that it’s 30 minutes long, are you kidding me? And it’s being shared so much by so many of my friends with the comments “30 minutes to save a life” or “The 30 most eye opening minutes of my life”. Can you just get over yourself long enough to know that all you did was watch one video on Facebook?
Now, don’t get me wrong. The video is incredibly moving. While I support the motives and morals behind the Kony epidemic, How effective can the campaign be? There have been arrest warrants out for years now, and several unsuccessful attempts to capture or kill Kony by special UN ops. The Western side of the world took notice of the group a long time ago and tried to take action.
The United States deployed 100 military advisers to Uganda in October 2011, and the Kony 2012 campaign urges for further military involvement, and the training of the Ugandan Army to be able to stop Kony. Is this really wise? Increased American intervention is never a good idea. Remember when in the 1950s President Truman sent a small group of military advisers to give Vietnam a hand? That ended up in a terrible war. We should remember that we are trying to end wars at the moment, not start more.
Not to mention, the Ugandan army is unstable and should not be trained. The Ugandan president who has won for the sixth time last year in a shady election is very shifty, and has no problem sending his troops against the people of his own country, which happened last year when tear gas and bullets were shot at peaceful protesters which ended up killing a two year old child.
Moving on, only 32% of donations and purchases from Invisible Children goes to charity work. Think before you donate, because most of the money isn’t going where you think it is. Kony 2012 is a trend and became viral overnight. Don’t let your thought process end after one video. Research the facts, question things, and see what more can be done. The situation in Africa is shocking, but remain skeptical about what the results of this campaign will be.
Don’t let the click of a share button put your mind at rest.
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