Kony and Intervention
Is the U.S. able to stop him?
by James Leroy Wilson
April 11, 2012
They are to be commended for their compassion and demand for justice. They are also commended for taking the initiative.
But here's something to think about:
Are children in Singapore pressuring their government to take action against Kony? In Switzerland? Bolivia? Bulgaria?
Should those governments take action?
It may be said in reply: "Don't be silly! Those governments are powerless to do anything about it!"
Why should they expend diplomatic, economic, or military resources to conquer an evil so far away from them? Who is not an actual threat to them?
Now let me ask: How is the United States any different?
Federal officials are to obey the Constitution and serve the people of the United States. They are not duty-bound to overcome every evil in the world, no matter how terrible that evil may be. Our intervention - especially military intervention - will likely make things worse.
The African Union is raising 5,000 troops to hunt for Kony. That may well be an appropriate, region-based response. I hope Kony is captured and the LRA is disbanded soon.
And who knows? Maybe the African Union will accept volunteers from other parts of the world, such as young, idealistic American men and women, to join the effort.
Fighting Kony yourself is a principled, courageous stand. Asking Congress to commit resources to the cause? Not so much.
About the Author:
James Leroy Wilson is author of Ron Paul Is A Nut (And So Am I). He blogs at Independent Country and writes for DownsizeDC.org and the Downsize DC Foundation. Opinions expressed here do not represent the views of DownsizeDC.org -- or of Ron Paul.
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