Archive for March, 2012

Joseph Kony the Muderer and the Attempt to Bring Him to Justice

Friday, March 16th, 2012

I first became aware of this video about Joseph Kony by way of Nicholas Kristof’s twitter feed.  The video has already had millions of views online and has generated a serious buzz.  As you will see in the video, Joseph Kony—the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which began in Uganda but has branched out into other African countries including: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and Central African Republic—is responsible for thousands of rapes, murders and the abduction children and who are forced into combat and sex-slavery.  

 

He is obviously a terrible man and must be stopped and thanks to Invisible Children, who made the Kony video that has become a web sensation, he is more recognizable.  We would like to make this video visible to our audience so that we may help in the crusade to can this Man.  However, the situation has made me deeply ambivalent, because I know that there is always more that can be done to mend the many situations on the continent of Africa that are causing millions of people to suffer unjustly.  And if one takes an objective view of the history of the continent one quickly realizes that it is Western intervention into the affairs of Africa that has laid the groundwork for many of the atrocities that have happened there.   Although I applaud the efforts of those working with Invisible Children to take direct action in hopes of apprehending this awful human being, the essence of they’re plan is more direct military involvement by U.S. troops, which is a tactic that many individuals erroneously view as a panacea for the world’s ills.  The questioning of direct military involvement of the U.S. in the hunt for Kony is one of several interesting points made by Joanna Castle Miller in this critique of Kristof’s view on the Kony project and the project itself.

 

The truth is that the situation is extremely complicated and could not be explained in a blog post or a thirty minute viral video.   But every individual must do their own research and draw their own conclusions.  Overall, it is refreshing to see people take an active role in changing a serious problem rather than doing nothing and operating under the assumption that nothing can be done.  We may not fully agree with their methods but we do appreciate anyone making serious efforts against injustice.  This blog post is a small attempt to bring greater awareness to our readers, who may not be informed about the situation.  For those who wish to know more you can visit www.kony2012.com, Invisible Children’s official website on the matter. 

 

Loren

Down with Prejudgement

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

There are some Americans that may think a majority of Europeans love us.  Imagine a kid you may have known from your childhood who was very popular in school for being either athletic, good looking, smart, or wealthy.  This person may have had an arrogance about them that ran so deep they did not recognize there were actually other kids who did not worship them.  Conversely, there are some that think most Europeans despise us.  Think of the apologist who somehow believes they can make up for all the bad things that happened in American history.  This person may think that we should be disliked simply by being born in this US.

 

I will be making my first trip to Europe today when I go to Germany.  I am excited to meet some Germans and have interesting conversations with people.  I hope anyone I meet bases their opinion of me on our encounter not my nationality.  I hear the people of there are really friendly and I will have first hand experience to make up my own mind.  I do my absolute best not to make prejudgements on people and I hope for the same in return, it’s a good way to go through life.

Expected Becomes Accepted

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Sometimes I can’t believe what I see in the news regarding our politicians.  The double talk, pandering, and back tracking on prior statements has come to be accepted by the voters.  Well, maybe accepted is not the correct word, but rather expected.  It seems to reason that the expected can very easily become the accepted though.  I just wonder if we have enough time to wake up before the accepted is our own ruin.  Unfortunately it may take a catastrophic event for people to realize this, but I hope not.

 

Randall