It might not be clear at first, but the video is ultimately asking for young adults to support United States Military Interventions in Uganda. Coated under all the powerful music and images is a call to an unjustified “occupation”. To better, explore the issue lets first answer the question “is military intervention ever justified?” the quick answer is yes, as long as it is not the US that is intervening. The United States has Invaded Iraq under grounds for Humanitarian intervention; they did the same in Libya. Even the 100 “military advisors” present in Uganda now are reminiscent of the “military advisors” present prior to the spark of the Vietnam War. The US foreign policy isn’t one that’s based on Humanitarian Intervention; if it did it wouldn’t still have bases in post-WWII countries. I find it troubling to support #KONY2012 on the grounds of increasing the US military presence in Uganda, which the video clearly called for. The video states that the organization is going to target 20 politicians and 12 celebrities (or was it 12 politicians and 20 celebrities, the number doesn’t really matter) to put pressure on the US government to increase its military presence and help bring the most wanted man by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to justice.
Secondly, Joseph Kony is no longer in Uganda, so why should America increase its military presence there? Joseph Kony hasn’t been in Uganda for the past six years. But what has been discovered in Uganda in the past six years is Oil. The Ugandan journalist Angelo Opi-aiya Izama had the following to say on his blog:
Lastly but not least the geography of the area (Uganda’s border with the DRC) has large deposits of oil. Uganda and DRC first signed a joint cooperating agreement in 1993 for oil development. That was before the 1994 genocide and the consequent invasion of the Congo by Rwanda and Uganda. Since then Uganda has moved ahead with its own program announcing major finds in 2006/7 just as the LRA firmed up in Garamba.
Invisible Children, as an organization, does not formally affiliate itself with any religious entity. Indeed, not all of its staff, supporters, and financial backers are actively Christian or affiliated with Christian organizations — just most of the most important ones.
The group is a product, and perhaps the most successful manifestation of, a little-known, ultra-liberal, and highly controversial post-Evangelical Christian movement known as the Emerging Church.
The emerging church is a Christian movement where according to Wikipedia: Participants seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a ‘postmodern’ society. In Kron’s article “The Emerging Church has no formal organization, no single leader, and no uniform code of belief. It’s part of a larger Generation-Y of disillusioned youth looking for a cooler, more accessible brand of Christianity for the 21st century.” The movement rejects the institutional church however believes in following Christ as an individual. The movement does not spread Christianity through the bible but through compassion, just like the movie did. In the same article Jason is quoted as saying
“The trick is to not go out into the world and say I am going to baptize you, I’m going to convict you, I have an agenda to win you over,” Russell said at Liberty University. “Your agenda is to look into the eyes, as Jesus did, and say, who are you, and will you be my friend? Like he did to the prostitutes, to the tax collectors, to the fishermen.”
“We are able to be the Trojan horse in a sense, going into a secular realm and saying, guess what, life is about orphans and it’s about the widow. It’s about the oppressed,” Russell said during the 2005 conference. “It’s driven by an adventure and the adventure is God’s and it’s his story.“