I'll be frank and straight to the point, Kony 2012 is probably one of the dumbest things that I have seen this year so far. The simplicity of people to demonize one easy source as the root of evil, and subsequently attack it thinking that the result will be justice, is a tactic so childish I thought only fourth graders would even believe in it. And tons of people seem to be buying into this crap self-righteous philosophy that it actually makes me worry for the well being of humanity (well, a lot of things make me worry about the well being of humanity, but I digress, let's focus on one problem at a time).
Now where to begin? Well lets address the first major issue; the idea that by taking out a dictator whom has committed acts of evil then prosperity will rain down upon the meek and downtrodden. This mentality has a sort or romantic quality to it; a poetic justice that we can all love. And such a mentality makes for really good inspirational films, not foreign war policies and military operations. Now some may not be aware, but apparently from what I've read on multiple message boards, Kony hasn't been active since 2006 or something. Yeah, apparently he isn't even doing anything significant at the moment. So the urgency for justice is itself justified because? Hell why not wait another three months? Really it probably wouldn't make a damn difference.
This also makes me wonder; what the hell is so special about Kony? He enslaves children into child soldiers? That's it? I mean hell, Sparta had an entire army built around training children into warriors, and several decades ago we used to draft citizens who were barely eighteen into full scale bloody wars. Yes, training child soldiers is a really immoral thing to do, but it's not sex slavery or systematic genocide. But what this makes me wonder is why not go after other bad dictators? I'm pretty sure there's lots of other baddies out there who actively oppress people's rights, fuck children, and kick little puppies; why not go after them? Or is it because they don't have the catchy name of Kony? Yeah, I thought so.
Okay, so no one cares about any other dastardly villains other than Kony at the moment, so let's say we do take out this asshole, then what? Will order, peace, and justice just restore itself magically? I mean if the world operated like it did in the movies, all we'd need are some powerful speeches about doing the right thing combined with a rag-tag rebellion and the day would be saved. Sadly reality isn't as awesome. In fact reality sucks. You know what would happen if Kony died? Well actually I can't be too sure myself, but I imagine any of the following may occur; 1. His death creates a power vacuum and another villain takes his place while laughing evilly; 2. A new leader is elected but all the other problems that plague the country still exist; 3. The military and other 'good guys' that we support in assassination of Kony will continue to murder and rape others; and the list could go on but I think you get the point.
Overall, the whole Kony video and media response is nothing but pure nonsense. It's just a cheap media tactic that plays onto people's emotions and uses it to conform their thoughts concerning this social issue. Now I'll admit, I haven't actually watched the video, and no I don't plan on doing so, I'd rather waste my time doing something more productive. But from what I've heard (from the cynical anyway), the video is just melodramatic sappy tear-jerking crap. However I'm not really at all surprised that that would be enough to persuade thousands (or millions?) to take up a voice of opposition to Kony and start a giant propaganda movement. Remember what I said about how movies and reality can't compare oh whatever. So now every celebrity and Joe Shmoe wants to start placing up posters or something overnight while begging our politicians to go to war. Populism people. It works wonders.
And this of course worries me as well; the government being persuaded by the masses to take actions that could have severe consequences. Hopefully the government is smarter than that. However that gets me wondering; did the government set up this whole media hype as an excuse? Maybe the government wanted to engage in this military operation in order to fulfill its own agenda, and the whole Kony 2012 is just a fabrication to manipulate the people into supporting it?
So as a final conclusion, things in real life are complicated; people, politics, government, war, all of it is more complex then what people take for granted. And if you support Kony 2012, well then you're either a complete idiot who buys into propaganda crap because of a gullible attitude and intense desire for justice, or you want evil to pay but ignore the many great details involved in such matters. Either way, nothing good will come of Kony 2012.