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A product of American thinking

October 18, 2012

But the fact remains that Kony 2012 – the campaign – is centered on one ultimate goal: capturing Kony. And it seems clear to me that this is a product of American thinking. When most Americans hear of something terrible happening in the world, the first thought is almost always “why are we letting that happen?” or “what can we do to stop it?” It’s a byproduct of living in a country where you’re told you can make a difference in your government, coupled with that government happening to have the biggest military and a lot of influence. Our history is fraught with America trying to fix all the problems, many times when there wasn’t even a real problem. All too often, Americans jump straight to the military intervention option, be it the LRA or Libya or Syria. Using the ICC to capture Kony is a euphemism for sending soldiers into the bush to hunt down a guy surrounded by conscripted civilians. Proper training and better equipment could help the soldiers minimize casualties when the LRA retaliate, and it could hasten Kony’s capture, but the mission still puts child soldiers in danger – and they are the ones most victimized by Kony. As Amanda Taub pointed out in her opening statement, we don’t bear the burden if this plan goes awry – child soldiers in the LRA and civilians in the Congo and Central African Republic do. We need to be clear about this when we’re making decisions and understand the risks involved in a military-judicial approach.

This comes from a great article entitled “Kony 2012 Panel – A Response” from Backslash Scott Thoughts.

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