|Kony2012: Absolutely worth watching, but not the whole story
That's all true, but the critics say it's naive and incredibly oversimplified. That is true too. For example, the LRA used to be massive in Uganda, today it is maybe a few hundred soldiers running for their lives in the jungle of a neighboring country. Much of the world mostly ignored the movement in it's heyday, mostly in the 90s and early 2000s, but we are well past that point today. The powers that be in the world have long since actively worked to shut down the LRA are almost done. There are American troops on the ground helping the Ugandan army hunt down Kony with broad international support. The recent huge facebook mobs are quite late to the party.
|We found Uganda to be a spectacular and comfortable country
to travel in. The war torn country was a decade ago.
The movie, and incipient movement, are most effective with young people. Although oversimplified, it is bringing an awareness of contemporary history to a demographic known for being apathetic and disengaged from some of the worlds bigger injustices. It shows how privileged young Americans have been able to make a difference on another continent. If it engages anyone enough to want to make a difference, and think a little on their own, there are some very real and practical steps that they could take. For example, the movie points out that the International Criminal Court (ICC) finds Kony to be one of the worlds worst war criminals. However, the ICC doesn't have much power, in part, because the United States has not ratified it. If an American acted like Kony, and is arrested by the ICC, George Bush Jr. famously said he'd invade Holland to 'rescue' them. A Facebook campaign in an election year really could force politicians to bring the US into the world community.
Rather than soliciting support for a necessary movement I think the point of Kony 2012 is more subtle. It's inviting an entire generation to join in a victory for humanity.