By Matthew Frank Kot
In 2012, the charitable organization Invisible Children launched an online campaign that they say would lead to the capture or killing of Joseph Kony, Africa's most notorious child abductor and terrorist leader. His group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA,) is a terrorist organization made up mostly by abducted children. The Kony 2012 campaign was aimed at taking down the LRA and liberating the children of Central Africa. Remember how caught up in the moment you were when you watched that video? Remember how "making Kony famous" was a fail-proof strategy? Remember how 2012 turned into 2013, and Joseph Kony hadn't been captured?
Kony is alive. He is in poor health, many media organizations report. He's ill, gravely ill perhaps, but he's still at large. He's still commanding the LRA, even though it's become much weaker lately. He's still planning to capture children, train them to use guns, train them to have no mercy, to kill, to steal, to recruit other fellow children. Kony will not die in a jail. Kony will most definitely die a free man. He must have been laughing at us all on January 1st, 2013. Us western Yahoos, with our military and technology and social media, we couldn't capture him. He won.
Invisible Children, they lost. Their credibility will never be repaired, their organization will never be taken seriously again. Their campaign to "Make Kony Famous," was the most RIDICULOUS and USELESS campaign in the history of history. The charity organization bragged when 30, yes, only THIRTY troops were deployed to Central Africa. Like 30 troops can capture a warlord in a ginormous jungled landscape in a couple of months. No. That was a colossal waste of American taxpayer money.
Yes, the LRA is weaker now. The IC charity organization, they had ABSOLUTELY no role in weakening the army. No. Big business, they're the people to thank. The oil companies drilling in Central Africa for oil and gas, they have hired thousands of Africans, invested plenty of money, millions, into making the area more livable. The LRA couldn't attack an industrialized area, so things went downhill.
And the LRA will continue to slowly die down, until all that's left is Mr. Joseph Kony himself and a couple of henchmen, going from country to country, eluding capture, and Kony, he will be gone from this Earth very shorty, if the reporters in Africa are to be believed. Kony will be dead by the end of the decade. By 2020. And when he dies, Africa will be a much better place. There will never truly be peace in Africa, but the people, they can sleep more soundly at night, knowing that the LRA won't be abducting their children anymore. It will be a much better world without Joseph Kony in it.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.