The Lord's Liberation Army: Chasing Some of the Worst Hoodlums in East Africa

Africa might be called the Dark Continent because it's a giant blindspot to most people. We get used to the disease, famine, natural disasters, and the manmade abuses, the violence, even the genocide in Africa. After a while, it seems to be a matter of "What's another starving kid with a distended belly?" Or "What are a few thousand people chopped up by machetes among friends?"

What most of the rest of world calls shocking, disgusting and abhorrent, too much of Africa calls just another Tuesday.

It's not just as though nature has cursed Africa with volleys of killer diseases, bad climate and a procession of volcanoes, locust swarms and creeping deserts. Let's face it, Africa is plagued by too many ill-intentioned humans.

The West has not been blameless, and anyone who has studied Belgium's century-long rape of the Congo has to be impressed by the depths to which human moral corruption can sink during the chase for wealth and power. One of the more unpleasant facts is that a great deal of the blame has to laid at the feet of Africans themselves. Post-independence Africa has had a succession of evil-minded men just as destructive as the worst locust plague, and often even more rapacious.

One of the worst is a thug named Joseph Kony. He calls himself a good Christian, but he's an even better mass murderer. The word savage was coined expressly for this bundle of excrement wrapped in skin.

This current issue of Newsweek carries a very good article on the continuing struggle against Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. It's one of the most comprehensive web articles that I've seen so far on Kony and his LRA, and certainly worth reading here.

The story of the LRA and its depredations is one worthy reading and remembering. It is evidence too that justice, like liberty, sometimes must be nourished by the blood of the occasional tyrant and hoodlum.

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Comment by Mike O'Brien on May 20, 2009 at 9:09pm
I have said before what Africa needs is a new form of colonialism. The people seem unable to govern themselves. They "elect" warlords who oppress them. They tolerate dictatorships. I agree with Smitty. Africa is a cautionary tale of tribalism, greed and evil.
Comment by Smitty on May 20, 2009 at 2:50pm
Badly drawn lines , tribal politics and simply bad folks makes for a stew....
Comment by Jon Compton on May 20, 2009 at 7:22am
Africa is the poster-child of unintended consequences. We will reap the whirlwind of that continent's justifiable anger some day.

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