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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Machine Gun Preacher on Kony 2012 (Muslim Brotherhood angle)

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Kony 2012 video and that while it espouses the noble goal of removing Joseph Kony from the Uganda region, there is also a uniquely surreal aspect to it. The man known as the Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers knows more about the region than anyone. He has been on the ground there for fourteen years. He builds orphanages for children and protects them with actual weaponry. In short, he's not your typical missionary.

Childers has issued a response to Invisible Children's Kony 2012 video and while he congratulates the charitable organization for drawing attention to Joseph Kony, he stresses that Kony is just a "small part" of the  problem. The larger part? Northern Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir, who according to Childers, has been the source of Kony's funding for years. Any guesses as to what group Bashir has the support of?

The Muslim Brotherhood.

The success of the Kony 2012 video was no accident. Obama signed an order back in October that sent approximately 100 U.S. Military personnel to Uganda. Six months later, Kony 2012 is made. Yet, there is no mention of Bashir or the group to which he is beholden and has benefited most from the Arab Spring - the Muslim Brotherhood.

Also, did you catch what Childers said beginning at the 3:00 mark?

Take note:
"If all eyes are not focused on South Sudan, what Bashir is doing there, within the next two months, we could have another genocide in South Sudan. It needs to be stopped NOW."
Why is this important? Because just last summer - three months before Obama signed the order that sent 100 military personnel to arrest Kony - South Sudan gained its independence from North Sudan and Bashir.

Via the New York Times:
"The eyes of the world are now on us," said South Sudan President Salva Kiir, who was inaugurated during a scorching midday ceremony. Kiir stressed that the people of South Sudan must advance their country together, and unite as countrymen first, casting aside allegiances to the dozens of tribes that reside here.

Saturday meant that South Sudan and its black tribesmen would for the first time be linked politically with sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya and Uganda are already laying strong economic ties with their northern neighbor, an oil-rich country that may one day ship its oil to a Kenyan port, instead of through the pipelines controlled by Khartoum.

"From today our identity is southern and African, not Arabic and Muslim," read a hand-painted sign that one man carried as he walked through the crowds.
Again, back to the quote from Childers in response to the Kony 2012 video:
"If all eyes are not focused on South Sudan, what Bashir is doing there, within the next two months, we could have another genocide in South Sudan. It needs to be stopped NOW."
Incidentally, the Jerusalem Center identifies South Sudan's new president, Salva Kiir as a "devout Christian."
"Kiir is a devout Christian and attends services regularly at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Southern Sudanese capital, Juba.

Kiir understands the difficulties facing Southern Sudan — Muslim states of the region (Chad, Libya, Egypt and Saudi Arabia) are obviously not excited to accept the appearance of a new Christian state that ostensibly has ties with Israel and enjoys the support of the American Jewish lobby.
Ok, according to Childers, if attention is directed away from Bashir, then South Sudan is in grave danger. Kony 2012 is a video that has quite mysteriously garnered tens of thousands of views in just a few days. That is not typical of organic YouTube hits. In fact, its length (30 minutes) actually makes viral viewing even more difficult. Perhaps the volume of leftist Hollywood celebrities and staunch Obama supporters like Oprah and P. Diddy have assisted in the video's success.

If there is one thing we've learned about the Obama administration, it's that when it wants to ignore something that doesn't fit its agenda, it's very, very good at doing so. Obama has endorsed the video. White House spokesman Jay Carney jumped on the Kony 2012 bandwagon just days after it was posted to YouTube.

Ok, again, if Childers is right about South Sudan needing to be protected by being a central area of focus, why does Kony 2012 seek to make an adjacent region that central area of focus?

Practically every policy of the Obama administration has benefited the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Arab Spring. Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, and now Syrian rebels are all the beneficiaries of Obama's policies. In every instance, those policies have worked toward giving rise to the Muslim Brotherhood. So does all of this attention on Kony actually serve to help the Brotherhood's leader in North Sudan less than a year after the oil-rich South Sudan gained its independence and elected a devout Christian leader?

If so, it would be consistent with the administration's Middle Eastern policies to date.

For the record, Childers has far more credibility than the producers of Kony 2012. Yet, in the words of Winston Churchill, "A lie makes it halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on."

I've posted the Kony 2012 video in question below. Note its left wing slant (Peace logo, raised fists, etc.). That is also another sign that the Obama administration doesn't just endorse it but is likely involved.

As of this writing, the video has 65 million views in under one week.

***UPDATE***According to the Sudan Tribune just last month, the Muslim Brotherhood is demanding that Bashir become even more extremist. Why? In response to South Sudan's independence and the rise of Christianity there:
A coalition of radical Islamic groups in Sudan has threatened to unseat the country’s President Omer Al-Bashir if he fails to heed demands for a constitution based on Shariah laws.

Sudan’s far-right and Islamist groups have been lobbying to have the country’s 2005 Transitional Constitution replaced with an Islamic one after the mainly Christian South Sudan gained independence in July last year.

To that end, they formed the Islamic Constitution Front (ICF) and proposed the Draft Constitution of Sudan, which is based entirely on Shariah law and according to a report earlier this month, prohibits the appointment of women in the judiciary.
If you listen to Childers, Bashir is more evil than Kony. If the Muslim Brotherhood is more evil than Bashir, shouldn't that be a bit of a clue about what we're dealing with in the Middle East?

God help us.

***UPDATE #2: 3/11/12***According to Kuzleem, there is no information on when Machine Gun Preacher will be released on DVD. The film was released in theaters back in September of 2011. Note the screen shot says DVD release dates for movies are usually issued 45-80 days after opening in theaters. Here we are 170 days after that opening and not only hasn't a DVD release date been given but the estimate for that release was January of 2012 and has come and gone.

There is an interesting dynamic at work here. Kony 2012 has generated a lot of interest in apprehending Joseph Kony but as in all Community Organizing strategies, organizers cannot be allowed to get bored or move on. Whenever this film (MGP) is released on DVD, it very well may keep interest in Kony from dying out. However, interest in Sam Childers may rise as well and his take doesn't seem to be in lock step with those behind Kony 2012.

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