Review: “US Crusade In Africa” Exposes Financial and Militarism Agenda behind 2012 Intervention

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"US Crusade" reveals motives behind 2012 military intervention in Central Africa.

The new DW Documentary “A U.S. Crusade in Africa” exposes the U.S. military’s true agenda behind the manhunt for Joseph Kony, the leader of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Because of “Kony 2012,” a short propaganda documentary by Invisible Children, a non-profit organization, U.S. troops were deployed to Uganda. The manhunt allowed both Museveni and the U.S. troops to carry out their own separate agendas, neither of which had the objective of capturing Kony.

Deploying troops to Uganda to find Joseph Kony was the cover-up story for the U.S. military’s true agenda. Once Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 movement became very popular, the President Barack Obama deployed troops into Uganda to “find” Kony. However, finding Kony was never their intention and, not surprisingly, they never “succeeded.” The manhunt for Kony cost the U.S. “Over $750 million. It only makes sense if the money was financing another agenda.” Once Mike Pearson traveled to the Central African Republic —where Kony was supposed to have fled—to meet with U.S. and Ugandan troops supposedly hunting for Kony, the hidden motive was obvious. Pearson was formally employed by Gem Diamonds, a corporation that organized extractions of gold and diamonds around the world, including from West Africa. While the U.S. government and troops were said to be in Uganda to stop the violent terrorism of Kony and the LRA, the truth was that they were there to protect financial interests.

The involvement that Invisible Children had in the manhunt was no less than extremely suspicious. Not only was Invisible Children funded by evangelical groups, the organization also violated many rules in the code of conduct for NGOs; rules well recognized by the UN.

The founder of Invisible Children, Jason Russell, saw himself as a pastor and gave sermons at the biggest Christian gatherings in the U.S. At one of these gatherings, Russell even said that the work that they do is to spread religion and that “the adventure is God’s.” He added, “That is what Invisible Children is really about.”

In the early days of the organization, Invisible Children, the DW documentary shows, was completely funded by “giant fundamentalist evangelical philanthropies.”

Yet, as the documentary makes clear: “In the code of ethics for NGOs recognized by the UN, neutrality is non-negotiable. In fact, an NGO should always be independent of governments and armies.”

Invisible Children completely disregarded these codes of conduct during their time in Uganda. Invisible Children directly supported one of the most corrupt regime in Africa by becoming the U.S. and Ugandan government’s eyes and ears in the villages in the Central African Republic.

The NGO became a large group of intel workers that would report back to the U.S. and Ugandan armed forces weekly. There is clearly religious motivation behind Invisible Children, which the group exploits by telling supporters it wants to help children in Africa.

The U.S. government and Invisible Children weren’t the only ones with a secret agenda. Museveni needed support from the U.S., and Kony was the answer. Museveni deployed Ugandan soldiers to Somalia to pursue “Islamic terrorism.” Clearly, the U.S. wasn’t going to pass up on this opportunity. So the U.S. aided Museveni and Ugandan troops.

The United States continued to support Museveni after ignoring a very critical and harrowing 2005 report by New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The report had documented massacre of civilians by Ugandan troops after they had allegedly harbored LRA followers. In reality, the DW documentary shows, Museveni actually tolerated the existence of Kony—to justify resources from the U.S.—while he focused on, and defeated rebel groups that were better placed to threaten his government. 

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