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US forces join jungle search for Kony

In an article recently published by the BBC, the writer reports traveling from Uganda’s capitol city of Kampala to Obo in the Central African Republic.  The writer reports that there they are met by a few of the US special forces and identifies these as the ones that were sent to locate and kill Osama bin Laden; specifically Navy Seals.

Although the author confirms exactly what the United States has been reporting on the issue of finding the LRA’s leader Jospeh Kony in that the goal is to simply aid already existing African forces on the ground, it seems that the perceived notion of the local people is that US forces is different: “The man in overall charge of the US African Command (Africom) is General Carter Ham.  He emphasizes that US soldiers will not be out on patrol in the jungle tracking Mr Kony, but he acknowledges that this is what a lot of Africans think is going to happen.”

Is it possible for the US to respond to a humanitarian crisis and for the public perception to not be that they are the only answer to the solution?  In addition, towards the end of the article it is written, “The local betting is that Joseph Kony is more likely to die in the forest than appear in the dock in The Hague as an indicted war criminal.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17900403

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One response to “US forces join jungle search for Kony

  1. kmumass May 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    This is pretty intense that the US is employing the same crew of soldiers that we sent after Osama Bin Laden as Kony. I mean they are both evil and well known for extreme crimes against humanity. But the US is a support system to the African Armies they are by no means leading it, which I like is a common misconception that people have when they consider US Military forces. It’s a really sad international reputation that the US has, as being an agressive nation. I think honestly in the international community the US tends to get scape goated for either doing something just to be aggressive or for doing something purely for an economic gain. It’s not fair but it is not likely to end soon. I think it is helpful for other countries, like Uganda to point out that the US is not leading but assisting in a goal. And overtime this should help lessen this stigma.

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