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To the person or people who have plastered Kony 2012 posters around the Byron Shire: either you are well-meaning, yet sadly misinformed or, worse, you know exactly what you are promoting with this campaign to stop Joseph Kony. I hope it is the former.

To anyone who still believes this is a worthwhile campaign I ask you to do some research (don’t believe the hype!) and realise that by promoting ‘Invisible Children’s’ campaign you are supporting further military intervention by the west in Africa at a time when the capitalist machine is hungrily looking for the last scraps of monetisable resources to consume.

A cursory look at how the west has ‘helped’ other countries with military intervention should highlight the obvious devastating consequences of these actions and the folly of the argument that they are about anything more than money, resources and power. Now that Osama has been removed from our collective psyches, it should come as no surprise that new ‘boogie men’ are being found to direct our fear and aggression towards and give an outlet for the military industrial complex to expend their masses of accumulated weaponry, and distract us from much more important issues. The devastation is not just limited to brown people in faraway lands. A recent study showed that for every US soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands. That’s one suicide every 80 minutes.

It is also worth noting that the people of Uganda rioted in disgust at the screening of the second Kony movie. One protester said:

‘I don’t know if this is the kind of peace they (Invisible Children) think we should enjoy.’ She insisted that if this current government of Yoweri Museveni (a friend of the US, accused of committing multiple war crimes over his 25-year reign) was changed, Invisible Children would be charged with fraud, financial impropriety and collaboration of genocide against the Acholi people. ‘We want them to leave our country,’ she and others screamed out aloud. http://www.kony2012-is-a-scam.org/

Whenever there is such a concerted effort to frame someone as the new personification of evil I encourage everyone to use their powers of critical thinking and question ‘why this person, why now?’

Ben Blay, Montecollum


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