Sec. of State Clinton Says Improved Drones Will Find Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony
Clinton made her comments while in Uganda, as she watched a U.S. manufactured drone that the Ugandan military uses to fight al Qaida in Somalia.
The Associated Press reports:
The U.S. last year sent 100 special forces advisers to Central Africa to help hunt Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a band of jungle-roaming militants known for kidnapping children, taking girls as s*x slaves and disfiguring victims. Ugandan forces are at the forefront in the hunt for Kony, whose campaign of terror originated in Uganda but who now is elsewhere in central Africa.
“Now we have to figure out how we can see through thick vegetation to find Joseph Kony,” Clinton said at a Ugandan military installation shortly after meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
Joseph Kony became a household name when earlier this year a video created by the U.S.-based aid group Invisible Children went viral. Although the video was a success, many Ugandans took issue with it, answering with their own videos, and even voicing their concerns on CNN.
Then things took an unexpected turn for the worst when the co-founder of Invisible Children, and the man behind the Kony 2012 tape, Jason Russell, was found naked outside screaming.
Still, Clinton says she is prepared to give Uganda the resources it needs to locate Kony.
“We have to figure out how to work with all the countries where he and his criminal bands are perhaps hiding. We have to put our heads together to find out what additional equipment and support you need to lead this effort to rid the world of this terrible man and his criminal behavior,” Clinton said.
As journalist Angelo Izama pointed out back then, this probably has a lot to do with oil. If America’s government were that concerned with human life, there would be much more concern for the 1.5 million Iraqis who are dead from the Iraq war.
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