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Stop Kony Debates…

Posted by vmsalama on March 9, 2012

I cannot help but share my thoughts on the Stop Kony debates that are circulating the web — including some of the issues raised by my friends around the world. I am certainly no expert on Africa (or anything, for that matter) so I will not argue for or against the factuality of the short documentary. As a journalist, I certainly wish to see all the information floating out there to be factually correct, beginning with anything I write!! Alas, that is a tall order…maybe the STOP KONY folks did get a few details wrong. HOWEVER, at the end of the day, I see nothing wrong with simplifying a complex part of Uganda’s recent history if it raises awareness. The people debating this issue are probably better informed than others and it’s great that they set the record straight. But the bottom line is children are dying and killing others, and this man is responsible for that and needs to be stopped. We can complicate the hell out of the events in Syria… debate the motives of the opposition, sectarian divisions, Bashar al-Assad’s good and bad deeds throughout the years, and what Syria might look like if al-Assad is finally removed. But the longer we debate without action, the more people die. Debate is healthy and wonderful, but i wish it doesn’t come at the expense of too many more lives.


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