See http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/201 ... Y.facebook
here's what i posted, with one or two later edits, after sharing that link on facebook:
YES YES YES!! SAY IT BROTHER!!
I was living in Uganda in 2003, when Kony made his LAST major incursion there-- he came from the north and got as far as Soroti, but it turned out it was just a raid, and after killing and burning for a few days, his forces melted back into the north, over the border of Sudan, then northeast Congo, now the Central Afr. Rep., and more or less hasn't been heard of since. THAT WAS 9 YEARS AGO!! Yes, he made a couple of brief raids after that in Uganda and, if memory serves, he stirred up some trouble in Congo around Christmas of 2010, but pretty much hasn't been heard of, otherwise.
And by ALL accounts, his present forces are estimated at a few hundred at most. He apparently gets his weapons from China, but through what channels I don't know. Those questions never have clear answers, especially when 'enemies' often serve the same masters.
I was in Uganda again from 2005 through 2007, and the kids who were still sleeping in churches and schools in Gulu in early 2005 (only half as many as 2002) were all back in the villages by the end of 2007.
I have remained continuously in touch with many people all over Uganda since then, and I was in Gulu again last year (2011), drinking beer outdoors even until late at night, and even sleeping in grass huts with some of those kids and their wonderful parents in a perfectly peaceful village outside of town. Kony is basically just a bad memory at this point. NO, he's not dead and he needs to be brought to justice. But he is not an active presence there.
But understand this: Uganda's President Museveni himself is NOT innocent of wrongdoing in the whole Kony affair from the git-go— he USED Kony to punish the Acholi people because they resist him, and Kony remains a potentially useful destabilizing force that he and the other corrupt dictators of Central/East Africa can call upon at will. One of Museveni's highest advisors spent years with Kony (sorry, i don't know the status right now). Do you think he was just enjoying a camping trip?
And the UPDF, by all accounts, is *just* as brutal and corrupt as Kony. Especially since they're not well paid, and they're armed, they loot and rape with impunity. So is supporting them such a great idea? They COULD have taken Kony down any number of times, had they been determined. But they don't like fighting people with with weapons. Better just to live off the locals.
So ALWAYS remember this: there's OIL in Uganda now, and MINERALS all over the place in that part of Africa, and what has been called "World War III" is happening RIGHT NOW in neighboring eastern Congo. Rwanda is up to its ears in murder. Congolese gold is a major export of Uganda. The uranium that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki came from Congo. Google "conflict minerals" and "coltan"— and you'll find that estimates of those killed over the past decade in neighboring Congo run as high as ten MILLION so far; one in four women gang-raped, even *men* gang-raped— but all this merits not a whisper in our newspapers because THOSE MINERALS ARE IN YOUR CELL PHONE and every other cellphone in the world— got the picture yet? So what is Kony? Brutal, insane, murderous— and useful.
When all the killing was going on— nothing, not a single tear from the good ol' USA. But NOW, in a great, magnanimous gesture of *humanitarian concern*, the US has sent 100 military 'advisors' to Uganda. Of course, no Kony-related 'results' have been reported so far— not least because they're not even looking for Kony— at all!
But meanwhile the Uganda police are sitting in plenty of shiny new heavy military equipment at all major intersections now, as the people plunge further and further into desperation.
While i was there last summer, the US made a 10-year, $75 billion commitment to providing *fighter jets* to Uganda for "security". Um, excuse me? *Fighter* jets??— for *Uganda*??? That's like fighter jets for *Oregon*! (Well, and what it really means is, the criminals who run the US just donated $75B of our tax money to Lockheed, which will give a certain percentage of it to Museveni and his brother the top general; Museveni, who has proven himself ready to do US trickses in any country he can fly to, will spin some more trickses in Somalia, and feel more confident about taking over the new East African Union, that is, president of about 1/6 of the whole continent.
I'm convinced this "Invisible Children" group is either *sinfully* naive, criminally corrupt, or (what is the same) simply a CIA front aiming to stir up support for a future destabilization program.
I feel sooooo bad and sorry for the beautiful, wonderful, innocent people of Uganda, who have done NOTHING to deserve this, least of all, all this "humanitarian concern" from the US.