Editor’s Note: This is the first item we run on the virulent (and ludicrous) liberaloid scam going down by the name of “KONY 2012”, an audacious maneuver to sell intervention abroad behind the veil of “humanitarianism and justice”, and currently being spread via YouTube and similar social media. So far, supposedly tens of millions have seen the video (the promoters deliberately targeted a young demographic), and many more heard about it thanks to the mainstream media’s enthusiastic endorsement. Despite its “success” the video has detonated its share of highly articulate critics. (The video we present below is precisely one such example.) This quick response is rather notable (and encouraging). In far too many cases the real left has been slow to respond to such naked stabs at influencing public opinion on matters of foreign policy. Another difference is that till now the drumbeat to war—picking up on cues from the political class— has usually originated within the subservient media. In this case, we see an “outsourcing” of such fabrications, with a third party playing the critical role of “discoverer”of the outrage needing rectification.
The chief culprit behind this project (Invisible Children, as it’s formally known) is one Jason Russell (above), whose real background is somewhat obscure but who apparently has some Christian fundamentalist connections. In our view it’s not accidental that, with loads of liberal celebrities joining the crusade, literally begging Uncle Sam for intervention, it is US imperialism that stands to gain. (This, of course, entirely escapes the celebs. It requires more heavy thinking than they’re prepared to do.) The IC website gushes the following info on Russell:
Jason Russell Co-Founder/Filmmaker
Jason “Radical” Russell is a co-founder of Invisible Children, as well as our grand storyteller and dreamer. His sparks of creative intelligence and insanity have propelled IC to redefine the concept of humanitarian work, offering new life to old hope. A filmmaker by trade, Jason graduated from the University of Southern California’s film school with a degree in Cinema Production. He admires Oprah, Bono, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Baz Luhrmann, and Dan Eldon and believes wholeheartedly in magic and the impossible. Already a proud papa to Gavin Danger and Everley Darling, Jason wants to have nine more children with his beautiful wife Danica‚ the girl who has been his best friend for over 23 years.
The actual mainspring for the Kony 2012 campaign
The probable background to this blatant exercise in propaganda is rather obvious. With Russia and China now determined to deny a United Nations cover to future American invasions and assorted meddling abroad (they voted down a Security Council resolution authorizing a bolder intervention in Syria), the US has been shopping around for a new legitimating mechanism and the International Criminal Court (ICC) is rapidly profiling itself as a willing accomplice. But to let the ICC play its role it needs a villain, and that’s where shameless propagandistas like Russell enter the picture.
In a future post we’ll explore in more detail the Kony 2012 phenomenon and its horrid implications for the future of this sorry Orwellian world. —Patrice Greanville
PS/ The video below, by Briton David Childerley, uses an interesting angle. While Childerley seems to harbor no love for the global elites or the 1% , he argues that the massive awakening of teens to a political issue detonated by KONY 2012 may be a good thing, after all, despite the fact that it is a propaganda vehicle that can only serve imperial goals at the present time. “The next time they may get it right,” he suggests. What do you think?
KONY 2012 SCAM… Bankers Outsmarted by Millions of Young Activists?
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