ALL IS NOT AS IT APPEARS…
The Kony 2012 video is very effective PROPAGANDA
WARNING: KONY 2012 VIDEO IS DECEPTIVE PROPAGANDA
Most people are outraged at murder, rape and poverty, thus would not be aware of the USA militry in Uganda or the oil resources the military are protecting. The USA military has a command center in Africa known as AFRICOM that strategically guards the Africa (and Middle-East) sphere of resources (oil & gold for example). While people’s emotions are tugged few question the policy of military intervention. Few explore the alternatives to military intervention. A gang (such as kony) can be removed without a permanent USA military command center…
FOLLOW THE MONEY (aka gold, oil, etc.)
“In early February (2009), The New York Times released information detailing the involvement of the U.S. military in the bungled Ugandan mission to oust the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from northeastern DR Congo. Seventeen military advisors from AFRICOM worked closely with the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to plan the attack, which the United States further subsidized through the donation of satellite phones and $1 million worth of fuel. Although the United States has been training the Ugandan military for years, this is the first time it has directly assisted in carrying out an operation.”
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“Seven journalists from Kampala, Uganda, representing four newspapers and three TV stations, met with senior military leaders, visited military and local news organizations, and received briefings on a wide range of AFRICOM programs.
“These visits provide us (AFRICOM) an opportunity to explain the command to journalists of a country where AFRICOM has an increasing engagement,” said Lieutenant Commander James Stockman, an AFRICOM media officer. “It also allows us to discuss the history of the command, engagement programs in Uganda and the region, and provide a foundation for future reporting and commentary on AFRICOM.”
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CONTINUING to spread militarism throughout the world may not be the solution.
Recognizing the tactics of propaganda to continue the spread of militarism and to justify it is a step to introducing alternatives and having a lasting peace.
14 AFRICAN NATIONS HAVE PUBLICLY DENOUNCED AFRICOM. That official opposition convinced the Bush Presidency to locate AFRICOM’s HQ in Germany.
PS: A reminder of past propaganda that led to war campaigns.
(Please read http://www.prwatch.org/books/tsigfy10.html
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“Every big media event needs what journalists and flacks alike refer to as “the hook.” An ideal hook becomes the central element of a story that makes it newsworthy, evokes a strong emotional response, and sticks in the memory. In the case of the Gulf War, the “hook” was invented by Hill & Knowlton. In style, substance and mode of delivery, it bore an uncanny resemblance to England’s World War I hearings that accused German soldiers of killing babies…
(in front of Congress) the most emotionally moving testimony on October 10 came from a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only by her first name of Nayirah. According to the Caucus, Nayirah’s full name was being kept confidential to prevent Iraqi reprisals against her family in occupied Kuwait. Sobbing, she described what she had seen with her own eyes in a hospital in Kuwait City. Her written testimony was passed out in a media kit prepared by Citizens for a Free Kuwait. “I volunteered at the al-Addan hospital,” Nayirah said. “While I was there, I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns, and go into the room where . . . babies were in incubators. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die.”
Three months passed between Nayirah’s testimony and the start of the war. During those months, the story of babies torn from their incubators was repeated over and over again. President Bush told the story. It was recited as fact in Congressional testimony, on TV and radio talk shows, and at the UN Security Council. “Of all the accusations made against the dictator,” MacArthur observed, “none had more impact on American public opinion than the one about Iraqi soldiers removing 312 babies from their incubators and leaving them to die on the cold hospital floors of Kuwait City.”
At the Human Rights Caucus, however, Hill & Knowlton and Congressman Lantos had failed to reveal that Nayirah was a member of the Kuwaiti Royal Family. Her father, in fact, was Saud Nasir al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the US, who sat listening in the hearing room during her testimony. The Caucus also failed to reveal that H&K vice-president Lauri Fitz-Pegado had coached Nayirah in what even the Kuwaitis’ own investigators later confirmed was false testimony.
If Nayirah’s outrageous lie had been exposed at the time it was told, it might have at least caused some in Congress and the news media to soberly reevaluate the extent to which they were being skillfully manipulated to support military action.