Occupy Joseph Kony?

If you haven’t heard of Joseph Kony given the recent social media storm over him then you’re probably living under a rock or are still using AOL discs to dial up to the internet. In either case, I admire your dedication to checking this site given the evident technical difficulties. All jokes aside, if you at least want to know why people are talking about Joseph Kony, then check out the website for the Invisible Children organization and watch the video there. While I have concerns about the video and the nature of the information that is out there, at the very least you’ll know why people are dedicated to stopping Kony, although the video is kind of empty on facts or context (more on that later). Or you could just listen to my interpretation of the facts. Joseph Kony is a bad guy. He’s the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a transnational military-political group that operates across central Africa (including Uganda, and South Sudan) and uses brutality to pursue ends that aren’t quite clear to outsiders. They claim, however, to be a theocratic government wishing to establish a government based on the Ten Commandments in the region. The irony in this very claim is the fact that they use extreme acts of violence in pursuit of this “end,” including mass murders, mutilation, enslavement and sexual enslavement, and the use of child soldiers, which form the bulk of their military force.

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