Are President Obama and Congress correct to send a small group of U.S. Special Forces into Uganda and perhaps parts of the Sudan where an army of approximately 350 soldiers perpetrate often inhumane treatment onto individuals, families and children that include rapes, beatings, torture and other violent actions? The army calls itself, "The Lord's Resistance Army" and it is a well-developed band of trained mercenaries. However, what do we really know about the group?
We are being told that the action is more of a humanitarian quest that must be undertaken as no people should have to live under such chaotic, harsh and life-threatening circumstances.
According to an article in CNN News:
The Lord's Resistance Army, formed in the late 1980s, is a sectarian military and religious group that operates in northern Uganda and South Sudan. It has committed numerous abuses and atrocities such as abducting, raping, maiming and killing civilians, including women and children, according to globalsecurity.org. Its members are known for hacking off the lips and ears of their victims, looting villages and burning huts, and stealing clothes and medicine from the communities they terrorize, CNN has reported.
On Friday, President Barack Obama announced that he is sending about 100 U.S. troops to Africa to help hunt down the group's leaders.
Personally, I believe the U.S. has a responsibility as a World Leader to do whatever feasibly possible to prevent such blatant atrocities when brutal forces act with inhumane attempts on the lives of ordinary citizens and when the government of those nations turn a blind eye or are incapable of resolving the brutality themselves. Under normal circumstances, I believe that nations should govern and protect themselves, but there are times when we must take action. The problem in Uganda demands such a time and plan. However, are we being told the truth by Obama and Congress?
We are not speaking of a huge commitment in military forces or expenditures. We are providing a bare-bones operation of Special Forces to provide training and direction to Ugandan military/police that will lead to the capture of the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army to ensure the safety and protection of the civilians living in terror and frequent brutal conditions. However, the question remains: Are we being told the truth by our government?
That said... of course there may be another reason that the U.S. may be interested in Uganda (and the 2 Sudans). The region is rich in oil and is being pursued by many nations as a source for their oil needs. While the sending of special forces may be to dig out the leaders of The Lord's Resistance Army, there is little doubt that our eyes on focused on the rich oil reserves of the region and that we need to protect the area for our future needs as Uganda develops its oil fields.
Uganda is rich in many other natural resources, e.g., gold, tungsten,etc., and world nations have an interest in them as well. Recently there were terrorist bombings at the World Cup match and it triggered fears regarding further terrorist activities meant to interfere with the development of Uganda's oil reserves.
The World Cup-related bombings “might be enough to spook” Investors who know little about Uganda and the region, de Pontet told OilPrice.com. In this sense a country’s image counts, particularly in regard to incoming investment, he noted. The violence may deter an international oil company that is “perhaps dipping its feet in the waters but concerned about being sort of stuck, so to speak, right in the middle of Africa, a landlocked country,” he said. But the potential for such a reaction is not significantly high, he conceded.
The Ugandan government deployed troops permanently about four years ago to the Lake Albertine Graben area, the center of oil exploration about 250 kilometers from Kampala, Lawrence Bategeka, a senior research fellow at the Economic Policy Research Center in Kampala, told OilPrice.com in an e-mail. Albertine Graben is located on the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and southern Sudan, Bategeka said.
Fingers are pointing to billionaire Democrat and Obama supporter George Soros as the real reason behind Obama's "humanitarian" reason to send 100 Special Forces troops into Uganda. The movement is to protect the oil interests of Soros and other elite.
Uganda sits on huge oil fields and had struck oil first back in 2006 and the nation had planned to develop and begin selling the oil by 2013, which has since been set back to 2015 due to the inability by administration to set up an accurate processing plan and method.
It seems the U.S. never learns from previous actions and mistakes.
So, then what really is The Lord's Resistance Army and is it a true threat to civilians in Uganda? These days with so much manipulation of news throughout the media and with an ongoing non-transparency in our governments daily activities, the American people cannot possibly find the real reasons for any intervention on our part.
Meanwhile, our interference into the lives of other nations, e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., has proven that we are NOT the nation that plans well and wins the battles we begin. World nations will continue to look down upon the U.S. government and people for the constant and inappropriate interference in World affairs for imperialist causes.
That's what I believe. What do you think?
Perhaps the U.S. interest in sending troops to Uganda is more of the same actions our nation has taken in the interests of imperialism rather than humanitarianism?