I don’t think that I have ever seen young people become social activists as fast as with the Kony Campaign. (For anyone who is not familiar with the current Kony mission, there is a 27 minute video/documentary here http://vimeo.com/37119711.)
I promise to keep this post short and sweet.
Kony is by all means guilty of human rights violations and must to be stopped. There is no denying this fact, but I am skeptical. Skeptical that Kony will turn into an “end all, be all” of human rights violators and that the movement will wither away once Kony is caught. We cannot lose sight of the fact that there are many more people in the world right now who are committing heinous crimes against innocent adults and children. Syria, China, and Yemen are some big players that instantly come to mind, but there are many more.
I fear that policy makers in the US will go after Kony in order to silence criticism that they are ignoring, even supporting, other blatant human rights violations. It has happened in the past (US support for Pinochet) and I would not be surprised if it happened again. While I support the movement against Kony and his crimes, we cannot think that going after just one criminal will bring order to the world. If you are truly a believer in Kony 2012, then you will raise awareness for human rights violations around the world and make all of their leaders famous.
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