US military advisers have been helping the Ugandan army track the LRA since October, and Invisible Children wants to keep pressure on the US to maintain or improve that assistance. But as there has not been a whisper of possibly withdrawing this support, raising it as the reason for urgency seems slightly odd.
Beyond this quasi-straw man, the most immediately problematic part of Invisible Children’s video campaign is the simultaneous success and failure of Kony 2012 in raising awareness. Uganda and Kony are trending on Twitter but does awareness mean a basic understanding that goes beyond Kony’s name? Only briefly, and 15 minutes into the video does the narrator, Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell, mention that the LRA has left northern Uganda, and he doesn’t say when. So you could forgive the thousands of eager tweeters crying out for action to stop the non-existent violence in northern Uganda now. But can you forgive Invisible Children for glossing over this?
- Michael Wilkerson tackles the Kony 2012 campaign