This is something we should support.
I agree. Kony is a madman in the strictest sense of the word.
I think that the U.S. could apprehend or kill the man if it were made a priority. Perhaps it isn't our responsibility, but I always believed that anyone who CAN potentially affect change and chooses not to, is then morally responsible in-part for the continuation of the evil in question.
Encyclopedia wrote:In November Obama delivered a strategy document to Congress, asking for more funding to disarm Kony and the LRA. In October 2011, Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 100 combat-equipped U.S. troops to central Africa. Their goal is to help regional forces remove Kony and senior LRA leaders from the battlefield. "Although the U.S. forces are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense," Obama said in a letter to Congress.
I think this is a textbook example of making one's nation look good, while avoiding the risk of getting anybody's hands dirty. The U.S. has a better trained and equipped military than could ever previously have been imagined. It is patently impossible to quickly bring the local forces up to their professional level. Our superiority in tech/logistics is the only reason I believe that, with the proper deployment of troops who are cleared to seek out and engage Kony themselves, that this maniac could be stopped in his tracks. By instead saying that our troops will essentially toss a few tips to the locals, it shows how low a priority Kony really is.
That, of course, gets us into the "Why should America act like the policemen of the world?" debate. At the most basic level, Kony isn't our problem. That said, the mere thought of such a man being free to inflict his particular brand of mayhem on the innocent fills me with a level of disgust that is difficult to put into words. I want anyone who can grind that bastard out like an insect to do so, and do so as soon as humanly possible.