What is “the Lord’s Resistance Army” and Why Should the U.S. Send Special Forces to Uganda?

Oct 15, 2011 by

by Peter Stern

President Obama and Congress are 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 including rapes, beatings, torture and other actions. The army calls itself, “The Lord’s Resistance Army” and it is a well-developed band of trained mercenaries.

It is more of a humanitarian quest that must be undertaken as no people should be subjected 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.

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 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.

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.

http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Securing-Ugandas-Oil-Industry-Urged-But-Repeat-Terrorist-Attacks-Seen-As-Slim.html

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.

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?

That’s what I believe. What do you think?

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