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Rush Limbaugh defends the Lord’s Resistance Army

19 October 2011

Who’s Rush Limbaugh? you might ask.

Apparently he’s an American talk show host, renowned for propagating ignorance, and this is what he said about the Lord’s Resistance Army

Now, up until today, most Americans have never heard of the combat Lord’s Resistance Army. And here we are at war with them. Have you ever heard of Lord’s Resistance Army, Dawn? How about you, Brian? Snerdley, have you? You never heard of Lord’s Resistance Army? Well, proves my contention, most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God.

In case you haven’t heard of Rush Limbaugh, he is an American talk-show host, who is, I gather, renouned for his ignorance and promotion of ignorance, and spreading disinformation like the above.

And in case you haven’t heard of the Lord’s Resistance Army, it is a new religious movement, schismatic sect that broke away from the Roman Catholic Church in Northern Uganda, and has terrorised the countryside for the last 20 years or more, kidnapping children and arming them to assist in its terrorist activities. Here’s what I have on it from the Database of African Independent Churches:

Alice Auma, a young woman from Acholiland in northern Uganda, became possessed by the spirit Lakwena shortly after her conversion to Catholicism in the mid-1980s. This gave her power to heal and find witches. The spirit eventually instructed her to lead her followers in a war against the National Resistance Movement shortly after its successful guerrilla struggle ended in 1986. Under the name of the Lord’s Resistance Army, remnants of Lakwena’s movements have continued to cause security problems in the North (Kassimir in Spear & Kimambo 1999:250). Under the leadership of Joseph Kony, a relative of the founder the movement turned into a militia, and recruited child soldiers,

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), formed in 1987, is a rebel paramilitary group operating in northern Uganda, and as of February 2005 is engaged in an armed conflict against the Ugandan government. It is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself a spirit medium and apparently wishes to establish a state based on his unique millennial interpretation of Biblical millennarianism. The rebels have been accused of many atrocities in the area. It is estimated that around 20,000 children have been kidnapped by the group since 1987 for use as soldiers and sex slaves. The group abducts new members primarily from the Acholi people, who have been the victims of many of the LRA’s Acholi tactics. The insurgency has been mainly contained to the region known as Acholiland, consisting of the districts of Kitgum, Gulu, and Pader, though since 2002 violence has overflowed into other districts (Wikipedia, 13 Apr 2005).

Now I have strong reservations about the sending of US soldiers to fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army, and suspect that it may have more to do with the discovery of valuable minerable resources in Uganda and the possible obstruction to the expoloitation of those resources by the LRA than with any humanitarian motives (see Notes from underground: Where child sacrifice is a business). The fact that China is interested in the same mineral resources may also have something to do with it. A hundred soldiers may not look like much, but Vietnam started with less. So this looks suspiciously like another exercise in US imperialism.

But it doesn’t help to have ignoramuses like Rush Limbaugh spreading disinformation about it, and supporting terrorism.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. phtroutman permalink
    20 October 2011 3:26 pm

    Mr. Limbaugh’s ignorance and bigotry are truly appalling sometimes. (Among other things, anybody who has paid attention to Africa news in recent years should have heard quite alot about the LRA, nearly all of it horrifying!) The sad thing is that many (theologically) conservative Christians listen to him daily, and take his reports as truth, rather than doing their own fact-checking. Thus, whether they intend to be or not, they become supporters of the (politically) ultra-conservative right wing in American politics.

    Speaking as a theologically conservative, politically and economically moderate Christians, I am always saddened when I hear my Christian compatriots here in the U.S. taking political and economic positions that are directly contrary (in my opinion) to Jesus’ teachings.

    I am going to write Mr. Limbaugh and try to inform him about the LRA. He won’t apologize for his misinformation, but perhaps he will change his rhetoric in this case.

  2. Roger Pennington permalink
    23 October 2011 12:32 am

    Limbaugh’s an ignoramus, but you’re the one who suggests the point of the military action is for “valuable mineral resources in Uganda”? Who’s the ignoramus now?

  3. 10 November 2011 7:08 pm

    I’ve been following this discussion – sadly – and came across your blog. There are many Americans who dislike President Obama who have been repeating Limbaugh’s accusations, and saying the motivation is mineral resources. So that idea is not new with this blog!

    Two US groups, Invisible Children and Resolve, and some international human rights groups, have been lobbying our Congress for years now to offer this kind of assistance, helping to coordinate communication, protecting citizens, and helping the four affected countries to work together across borders to bring Kony to justice. The act supporting this move was the most bipartisan decision in the last two years, and the president is just following through on what our Congress asked him to do. That’s why it’s outrageous that Limbaugh would make his accusations, and very very sad that misinformation has been repeated by so many. This is very much a humanitarian operation – not a military one – or an economic one.

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