Some friends shared this video with me. It’s a fairly long video so I’ll save you the trouble, if you don’t want to watch it, by providing a summary: It argues that we should make Joseph Kony “famous” by plastering his name all over the world so that influential people will force the U.S. government to take action and enable his arrest.
This Kony character appears to be a very evil man. He kidnaps children for use as soldiers and sex slaves. He forces them to murder their own parents and mutilate their peers. The video presents shocking images depicting the damage caused by this one individual.
I told my friends that, although it seemed like a worthy cause, the activists were playing with fire by making pacts with the devil. Assuming that there is, indeed, an ongoing campaign of atrocities being committed by Kony and his henchmen, I wholeheartedly agree that the man should be stopped and brought to justice. No child should have to endure the pain shown on this video and no child should have to see his brother murdered or live in fear. I agree that people should work to eradicate such crimes against humanity.
But there are serious problems with this proposed campaign. First of all, getting the U.S. government involved in overseas affairs is a risky proposition at best. Obama just sent some military advisers to Uganda. Didn’t Vietnam begin, for the U.S., as merely a deployment of military advisors? I do not trust the Federal government to solve such crises. Only a fool would believe that the U.S. government would get involved in such an enterprise without unforeseen consequences. The best solution would be for non-governmental agencies to pool resources and either support the government of Uganda in apprehending this man, or capture him using volunteer forces. Our government has no jurisdiction in Uganda.
Secondly, by creating a network of international do-gooders, who wield the power of armed force, we have the makings of a one-world government – or more accurately, “international mob rule”. In this case, the target is clearly a criminal, but nobody can guarantee that future targets will be just as clearly evil. Once a “Facebook world government” is formed, it will seek new justifications for its existence. It will target more dubious “criminals” – such as those who deal in recreational drugs, purvayors of pornography, money-launderers and “racists”. This is a slippery slope. It does not take an expert in history to see what it can lead to; we should be wary.
Unfortunately, many people believe that one possible solution to the problem is to bring these “invisible children” to the U.S. They don’t understand that people can be victims of brutality but, at the same time, carriers of the same cultural flaws that allowed it in the first place. The abduction of children is not an isolated incident of brutality in Africa. There is much evil in Africa, as the constant flow of emigrants attests to. To bring the “invisible children” here is to import the potential for such atrocities in our own neighborhoods. By all means help them if you wish – but help them in their home countries. This cause has the potential of being just another excuse for massive immigration from Africa (under the guise of “refugee resettlement”) and just another excuse to spread Africa all over the world.
I am not an expert on Uganda, but at least one Ugandan is challenging the version of events depicted in said video. My gut feeling is that, if Ugandans have so much time to worry about such causes as punishing homosexuals with death, they’re probably not living in a state of trauma from child kidnappings. Perhaps the AIDS business is running out of steam and somebody needs another source of wealth, as the young Ugandan lady in the above video implies.