KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
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Obviously, airbrushing out shades of grey is a principal way creating powerful propaganda. Shades of grey such as the fact that we are being asked to provide support for a brutal dictator Yoweri Museveni, whose election EU observers believe was rigged and who has violently suppressed all opposition to him. Or that the Ugandan Army is widely seen as being corrupt and brutal, would leave us questioning whether providing military support for a brutal dictatorship and military is something we support. How many people will die as result of escalating violence? What are the consequences of supporting US intervention in an oil rich developing country? How do you disarm 200 child soldiers without killing them and is this why many north Ugandans want peace through an amnesty rather than escalation the fighting? Is an escalation of fighting with an organisation which the UN describes as a dying out even necessary? Could the millions of pounds that it would cost be better spent on humanitarian causes?
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