7 Kony 2012 Conspiracy Theories
If you haven’t see the KONY 2012 video that has a whopping 78 million views on YouTube, you are either one of Kony’s victims or friends with heartless dictators who don’t have time for armchair activism.
KONY 2012, if you don't know, is a film made by the activist group Invisible Children, and is designed to raise awareness about Joseph Kony, a man who allegedly abducted children and forced them to fight in Uganda's Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). According to Kony2012.com: “In its 26-year history, the LRA has abducted more than 30,000 children and displaced at least 2.1. million people.”
The video encourages viewers to write policy makers and advocates for military intervention to capture Joseph Kony. So, what’s the problem with finding and bringing to justice a brutal warlord responsible for ruining the lives of thousands of children?
Apparently, a lot. Since the video went viral, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Seacrest, Bono and your usual Prada-wearing do-gooders have lined up to support the cause. But the film has also kindled an inferno of conspiracy theories to stop even the most bleeding-heart Facebook activist think twice before hitting “Like.” We’ve pulled together the 7 most pervasive rumors about the effort to capture Joseph Kony.
1. Secret Operations
Jason Huft at the New University blog writes: "According to Invisible Children’s own public financial sheets, less than 1/3 of their donations were even spent in ways to help children in Africa. Meanwhile, the three founders are making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. Things like this… have led to a lower transparency rating on reputable websites like charitynavigator.org."
In 2012 Invisible Children was involved in back-and-forth accusations of voting fraud during a Chase Community Giving contest. And Redditers have dug up additional financial information that cast a dubious shadow over the non-profit's motives. Of course, the company has denied all of these and many other rumors and has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Although the video gives few clear solutions on how specifically sharing the video will stop Joseph Kony, Invisible Children does advocate direct military intervention. According to Conspiracy Planet, the film may be a tool by the government to stop Chinese expansion into Africa.
3. It’s all about the oil
With gas prices climbing to record highs, something has to be done. The International Business Times reports on last Thursday's White House press conference that the Obama Administration believes "there are about 100 U.S. military personnel in the region trying to find Kony, but conspiracy theorists believe that number will climb and that America is looking to seize the oil."
4. Power grab
In a 2010 speech by President Obama: “Although the U.S. forces [searching for Kony) are combat-equipped, they will only be providing information, advice, and assistance to partner nation forces, and they will not themselves engage LRA forces unless necessary for self-defense.” Which, as InfoWars points out, this was the same excuse used in the lead up to the Vietnam war. According to InfoWars, "Africa is one of several targets prized by the globalists as they move to grab vital natural resources, consolidate power and unleash their monetary enslavement and world totalitarian government end game around the globe."
5. A campaign to ruin Ron Paul
Might this all be part of the rumored GOP-led conspiracy to keep Ron Paul from winning primary votes? One poster in the Disclose.tv forum writes: “This KONY campaign will get everyone in America to want to go after KONY, yet it would be against Ron Paul's foreign policy to go into Africa and get him, so they're basically trapping Ron Paul. They either make him look like a bad guy for not wanting to go in and capture the guy -- or they make him look like he can't stick to his policies.”
6. It’s all about Jesus
If Invisible Children doesn’t want to save the children, they want to save the childrens’ souls.
“On its face, the effort appears secular, and evangelizing is not mentioned as an objective.
“But in a November 7, 2011 appearance at Liberty University, as part of Liberty's Fall Convocation speaker series, Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell hinted that Invisible Children was also an evangelizing effort, and during his talk Russell coached Liberty University students on what could be characterized as extremely low-key, or stealth, evangelism.” [Alternet]
7. New World Order
Shady finances and war-mongering aside, some commenters on the David Icke forum believe that KONY 2012 is just another facet of a larger effort to bring about a new world order. Forum member TheX1138 writes, “So, is this real? Is this part of the ‘2012 awakening/higher consciousness shift’… Or.. is this the part of the New World Order plan to make ‘all nations unite against a common cause’?”
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