Kony 2012 – Oil in Uganda? An Objective Opinion
I first gained knowledge of the terrible atrocities that were being committed by Joseph Kony in 2007 after watching a short video clip about a former Hells Angel turned missionary who ventured over to Uganda in order to make a real world effort to stop what was going on there. From then on I had been telling people that they should research this man and that having his name and crimes go unknown and unpunished were a disgrace to the world we live in. Well… nobody listened to what I had to say. The majority of those I told thought that this was a tale of imagination or “conspiracy” and that no story of this proportion would go unattended by major organisations and news sources. Nevertheless I still informed as many people as I could, hoping that one day something of note may happen. This is why my initial emotion when presented with the amount of coverage “Kony” is getting was one of joy… finally people would put a stop to this madness and end what was going on in Uganda and hopefully the whole of central Africa as well.
However, in my limited number of years I have come to acknowledge the simple fact that everything political, social and humane now happens for a reason. I hear those who quote the Arab spring as a “peoples” uprising never mention or even hear about the 5 year plan that the US government had put in place. So I immediately questioned why all of a sudden was there a mass interest in Joseph Kony and Uganda?
Certainly his crimes warrant the attention; but so do those of the various warlords of Liberia (a former US colony) and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Yet there is generally a reason as to why things are publicised to this level. Documentaries have been produced on the atrocities of both the latter countries and yet they never receive this much attention despite the situation there being worse! Jokingly I said to myself “Whats up? Did they find oil in Uganda or something?”. I decided to follow up on my thought and sure enough major oil reserves were found in Uganda around October last year – the same time a US diplomatic team was sent to the region to “cool things down”. From here on in things get a little hairy, to simplify the situation the Chinese are making a major push vying to soak up all of the oil in the country, much like they are doing with the rest of Africa – and this to the US government spells bad news. The White House has denied over and over that they are interested in oil in the region despite sending a party of over 100 there late last year. This is the same government that was about to arm guerrillas in Cuba to attack Guantanamo bay in order to provoke a war. The same government that told us time and time again that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction… you’re getting the picture?