I might be late to the game on this issue but i am curious know what is your guys opinion of this man?
i got around to watching the mega popular kony 2012 video just last week and it felt odd...in the sense that....this man has been active for so long....why such a sudden interest now?....plus it felt weird to involve children from elementary schools in the hunt for Kony etc....
Apparently a lot of people have discovered the video may have been a propaganda tool to not just make money but to give the US population an idea of why the US may need to get involved in various African countries.
I have been doing a lot reading on this guy and simply cannot totally comprehend the duration and consistency this man has achieved. I wish there was more information on him out there.
I read some history on his heritage and the holy spirit movement in his part of Africa in the 1980s which historians allege gave birth to the movement that Kony now is heading, the LRA. I'm really also curious about the commonly held belief that Kony is a spirit medium, which is no doubt a self proclamation and/or a tactic to hypnotize his followers and/or perhaps to remove himself from claiming responsibility for his actions.
His wiki profile says he may have been related to a woman named alice auma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Auma) ....who led people with a similar strategy to kony's....via a spirit medium.....but apparently with less intensity, duration and violence as kony.
There is a 60 minutes piece that profiles him and his history : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uls-bYzcBjQ
and apparently the only direct video interview ever recorded back in june of 2006.....go to youtube and type in meeting joseph kony.
It is obvious this man has been brutally violent during his unbelievably long reign as leader of his rebel group. I'm curious though, how much of it is truly real? There is a lot to be suspicious of these days when it comes to information and agenda. The US says he is not a direct threat and the only reason they are going after him is because he opposes the US's core values....he is also on top of the International Criminal Court's most wanted list and I think he was the first to be put on the list.
I think my interest in this subject is 1) the length of time this man has been active and has evaded capture 2) his living deep in the jungle for so long without living a normal/calm life and still being able to survive 3) his claims to be a spirit medium and a practitioner of magic (which i view as him being very smart / clever and highly intuitive) 4) the horrors he has apparently committed and his being still alive and operational.
What is also interesting is that the US is flying drones all over the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Uganda and the Central African Republic and still cannot find him.
This leads me to the following conclusion: There is a good chance he will be targeted and eventually killed / captured given the accelerated US involvement in recent times...but at the same time, I feel he is so skilled in evading capture and has become so adept and learned in this way of living that he may very well remain alive and active for some time. I also have looked into a lot of articles and it is apparent that he has received funding and support from various African governments over the years who probably employ him as a Mercenary to disrupt regions of a country so various political groups can achieve their political ends. This last fact alone gives me reason to believe he may not be caught and is being protected.
There have also been recent reports that he has engaged in ordering his army to kill elephants (in national parks and elsewhere) to poach them for ivory and then sells the ivory to fund his campaign, which for some mind blowing reason, has been active for 27 years!!!.
I know this man is bad but there are a A LOT of bad people in this world and there are decisions and actions that politicians and individuals make on a daily basis that are arguably just as bad what this man has done. I am not saying i empathize with him and given his claims that he is cleansing his people by killing them, he is either a tactical genius who uses fear to survive and advance his cause and succeed or he is a mad man ....one thing is certain though...this guy knows how to survive and I feel someone is helping him survive.
I just don't understand how US drones can fail to find someone when technology is so advanced and interests in the region are so high.