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Speaking Of Uganda: Americans Ship Off To Fight, While Rush Limbaugh Praises The Lord's Resistance Army

JosephKonyVictimYesterday, the United States quietly commenced hostilities in yet another unlucky country, bringing the total up to -- what? Five? But this one's probably worth it. Barack Obama's committed no more than 100 "advisers" -- who are nevertheless combat-ready -- to helping the Ugandan government rid the country of the child-raping, body-mutilating, mass-murdering theocrats known as the Lord's Resistance Army, and especially its leader, Joseph Kony.

Kony is a spirit-channeling madman who enslaves prepubescent children. Say what you will about the Ugandan government's oft-ugly treatment of gay people: Kony's worse. During the long civil war he's waged in Uganda, Kony's MO has been something like this: Roll into town, kill a bunch of mothers and fathers, kidnap the kids, keep the girls prisoner and train the boys to fight. His army -- which numbers, at this point, less than 4,000 -- is comprised primarily of bonded children. (The photo at right is of a young woman named Nancy Abwot, one of the Lord's Resistance Army's child abductees. She received her injuries during an escape attempt. The image is courtesy Echwalu Photography.)

It's hard to say exactly what species of craziness animates Joseph Kony, if only because he does a convincing impersonation of Christian mania at one moment and then, without batting an eye, claims to be Muslim. Maybe he's just a megalomaniac. Maybe he loves sex slaves and cash. Who knows? What's more, who cares? The dude's going down. (Unless he's hiding in Khartoum, which seems possible.)

This is good news for everyone, you'd think. Wrongo! Rush Limbaugh thinks Kony's a pretty cool guy.

Here's a bit of Rush's radio show from yesterday, as transcribed at Little Green Footballs:

4834255243_4097eaf760_o[The] Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill.

So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding. Jacob Tapper just reported it. Now, are we gonna help the Egyptians wipe out the Christians? Wouldn’t you say that we are? I mean the Coptic Christians are being wiped out, but it wasn’t just Obama that supported that. The conservative intelligentsia thought it was an outbreak of democracy. Now they’ve done a 180 on that, but they forgot that they supported it in the first place. Now they’re criticizing it.

Lord’s Resistance Army objectives. I have them here. “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.” Now, again Lord’s Resistance Army is who Obama sent troops to help nations wipe out. The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty, and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the LRA ideology.” Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.

Note that Rush kind of bungled the allegiences of the Lord's Resistance Army in Sudan. No matter. Facts are for wimps.

Check out a very moving trailer for a film called Children of War, about Mr. Kony's child soldiers, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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  1. I count 6. Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan make 5 and nebulous adventure spanning border regions of several East African states makes 6.

    Posted by: Karl | Oct 15, 2011 1:16:59 PM


  2. rush limbaugh is nothing but a drug addicted bigot who says things to inflame the radical right wing and make himself tons of money. he really doesn't care if children get hurt as look as he can make a buck.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 15, 2011 1:22:19 PM


  3. You chose the right (ahem) picture of R. Limbaugh. What a repulsive troll!

    Posted by: uffda | Oct 15, 2011 1:24:13 PM


  4. They forget that we're not a christian country, we have no national religion. We have unfortunately made ourselves the world's police force and that means stopping people and groups from harming others even if they are "Christians"

    Posted by: NHbrooklyn | Oct 15, 2011 1:29:11 PM


  5. Rush Limbaugh is a gross excuse for a human being. Just... filth.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Oct 15, 2011 2:19:12 PM


  6. Rush Limbaugh comes to the defense of a mass-murdering, child-raping spirit-channeler who has an army 400-strong, mostly made up of children whose parents he killed.

    Rush comes to his defense because he's a Christian and in the bible, it's OK to kill children's parents, sell the girls into sexual slavery and force the boys to become soldiers in your holy war.

    Or something.

    Posted by: jasun mark | Oct 15, 2011 2:45:53 PM


  7. He seems grossly misinformed. The LRR really isn't christian more than in name only. It's more of a cult of personality.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 15, 2011 2:52:39 PM


  8. Anyone have, or know where I can find, a list of this lying egomaniac's sponsers?
    I think emails to all of them are in order to point out that they are sponsoring someone who supports child rape and slavery.

    Posted by: Bill_HB | Oct 15, 2011 3:42:39 PM


  9. This just makes me absolutely sick. Only Rush Limbaugh could come up with a way to support the bastard.

    Posted by: Bobby | Oct 15, 2011 3:54:44 PM


  10. Iranians used a lot of the same propaganda in overthrowing the Shah of Iran back in '79. Wonder what Rush thinks of the outcome of that? I'm sure he thinks it's a different set of rules for Christians than Muslims.

    Posted by: scollingsworth | Oct 15, 2011 3:55:45 PM


  11. Let me summarize this OpEd: President Obama sending people to war is good. Rush Limbaugh is bad.

    Good thing Obama's doing it and not Bush.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 15, 2011 3:56:46 PM


  12. Oh Max, comparison and contrast aren't your strong suit.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Oct 15, 2011 5:49:57 PM


  13. Bill HB: I don't have a list, but I do remember that Limbaugh used to take a sponsored moment out of every program to sip and praise Snapple iced tea. I used to buy that stuff, and I haven't had a sip of Snapple ever since I saw that sponsorship.

    Posted by: Gregv | Oct 15, 2011 5:53:52 PM


  14. Why is Obama making a deal with the devil to fight the demon? As far as I'm concerned, both the LRA and the Ugandan government are vile specimens.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 15, 2011 6:29:37 PM


  15. The last thing we should be doing is propping up this hideous regime.

    Posted by: ynot | Oct 15, 2011 6:33:22 PM


  16. Max

    You thick piece of .....

    One os the president if the most backward war hungry right wing country in the world and the other is a radio show host who....why?

    Let's think who has the pressure here...?

    Hmm...

    Personally,I think Obama is stupid as hell for wanting to lead America. A bunch of odious, mean and nasty right wingers. I wouldn't know about the left because they are so sanctimonious and reactionary to do anything progressive.

    Posted by: Rowan | Oct 15, 2011 8:43:41 PM


  17. "I wouldn't know about the left because they are so sanctimonious and reactionary to do anything progressive."

    Well, Rowan, at least we agree on that.

    You are obviously superior to all of us in America. But guess which country's gonna get stuck bailing you morally righteous Europeans out after your little EU monetary adventure falls apart? (Hint: It's that same fascist, imperial empire that saved you from the Nazis.)

    Posted by: Max | Oct 15, 2011 10:30:17 PM


  18. Pity Rush can't be airlifted into the ranks of the LRA.

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 16, 2011 4:50:42 PM


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