I like a map and the map of the Scramble for Africa by European colonial powersafter the 1884 Berlin Conference is one of my favourites; it cuts through the rhetoric in its money grabbing venality.
Below is a map of the current buying of land in Africa by various countries, China at the forefront.
So I watched the Kony film with the two maps in mind - and I wondered how a film that essentially calls for US military training, advice and involvement (that's a gross simplification, but we're in simplification territory here) in Uganda could be anything other than part of that same struggle for power and influence.
And that's about it - that's all I could really think of to say on the subject. It's a gross over-simplification I know, but I couldn't get beyond it. I really couldn't.
More on US land grabs here and this is the Oakland Institute's report on The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor.
Larry Burrows photographed some US advisors working in South Vietnam in 1962, providing training, advice and involvement.