Loony Left: US foreign policy a greater evil than Joseph Kony edition

This week's madness, courtesy of Tim Rollins, Joseph Kony, Ed Miliband, Ken Livingstone, 10 O'Clock Live, Lee Jasper and Jody Mcintyre

Evil, sure. But not as evil as US foreign policy, according to some...
The Humph
On 9 March 2012 12:20


Can you imagine the look on Ugandan war-criminal, Joseph Kony’s face this week? “WTF!?” doesn’t even come close.

Over the course of three days, he has become the most famous man on the planet (by virtue of the fact that Justin Bieber is still a boy) thanks to the efforts of Invisible Children Inc. and, in particular, its co-founder, Jason Russell. If you haven't seen their campaign video, here it is:

But, seeing as the movie advocates intervention (not to mention that it is US-backed), it was never going to pass as charity with the left – or activism for that matter.

Oh no. In fact, Tim Rollins, in his New Statesman blog this week, was half a roll of tin-foil away from calling Invisible Children Inc. a bunch of colonial lizards:

[Even] if Invisible Children does not turn out to be some Pentagon-CIA front, the charity is still attempting to align social media, activism and youth political disengagement with the United States' hawkish economic and military interests in Africa.

So please, don't be fooled.

I feel so naïve; how could I forget that anything with American prints all over it is bound to be a design on world domination? Probably involving those Zionists, no less! Somebody call Mearsheimer and Walt!

It’s so obvious to me now that US foreign policy goals are an incalculably greater evil than setting up an army of children via massacre, rape and any number of other human rights violations. Hindsight: a wonderful thing.

So, can we expect a piece next week, Tim, on how, even if Greenpeace does not turn out to be some Guardian-BBC front, the charity is still attempting align social media, activism and youth political disengagement (not to mention criminal activity) with, well, essentially their own economic interests…worldwide?

No? Oh…


This is a little cheeky of me – attacking the left from both sides. But, I have a gripe with this whole affair too.

Let’s start with some obvious home truths: Joseph Kony is quite obviously evil and the movie itself – which, at the time of writing, has nearly 50 million hits on YouTube after four days – is a groundbreaking achievement that, beyond Kony, is remarkable for the way in which it has whipped up global fervour through social media interconnectedness.

Put simply, combating Kony’s guerrilla warfare with guerrilla marketing is bloody genius. Though, looking at the organisation’s accounts, it seems it may be more genius for their own pocket than anything else. Anyway, I digress.

What this campaign also highlights is something quite frightening in the thinking a large percentage of the anti-war brigade, particularly in the 18-25 year old demographic; students; young lefties, basically.

Perhaps I’m making a bit of a leap there; after all, Tim Collins has no shortage of kindred spirits.

But, let’s face it, there are literally millions of people who view this mission as divine and yet, you can bet your last Ugandan shilling that many of these will be the same people who protested in their droves against invading Iraq, for example.

What’s the difference? Was Saddam Hussein not a mass murderer too?

Perhaps it is the cynics’ view that endowment in natural resources detracts from the sanctity of any given intervention and maybe these people just aren’t yet aware of Uganda’s cobalt, gold and uranium resources?

Or does it, perhaps, have religious connotations; are these people scared of tampering in ostensible Islamic affairs, believing Africa to be a less controversial expedition?

I think that there’s a bit of truth in each of these scenarios, but overarching, and in many ways responsible for both, is my main concern: that today’s liberal youth place a frightening degree of faith in what they read, or more often, what they see online – often conspiracy.

There’s nothing wrong with that per se – The Commentator is an online outfit after all – and I’m not passing judgement on this specific campaign (except where Kony’s actions are concerned, of course).

But isn’t it scary that the word of one vigilante can be taken as gospel? Is it because Jason Russell has long hair and wears a backpack and is therefore more identifiable with a younger generation as opposed to a politician in a non-descript suit and a Hermes tie? Just think of the impact that power could have in the wrong hands.

Be sceptical of everything you read or see on the internet, folks.

Except here. Obviously.


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