posted on Mar, 5 2005 @ 03:26 AM
Good focus, and im really sorry to do this two you because yo useem like a good person. The whole child soldier thing is a lot sicker than you seem to
think. It started when the "moderate" replacement for Idi Amin decided that one of the provinces, i think it was the luwheru people, were getting
too uppity. The ugandan armed forces then procedded to try and kill every man and woman worth spending a bullet or macheti swing on. (unfortunatly
far to common in central africa, and you will see why soon). They succeded. theproblem was Apollo Milton Ubute (i still can't beleive that's his
name) the "moderate" president (moderate is a title african strongmen use to get western reporters to ignore there little genocides and reduce them
to tribal policing campaings or disputes). He didn't order the kids killed (sounds sick but the consequence is worse). So the kids pick up the AKs
and kick the Ugandan defence force (?) out. yep apparently the best schock troop you can get you hands on is a 13 year old with an AK. Makes sence,
once you repress your desire to vomit. no need to conditioning for war. your not going to need them to do anything complicated so there training
involves point that end at the otherguy and try no to lose balance. They follow orders without question and have moral forged in hell (no wife and
kids at home, no sence of mortality, just hate for the other guy and love for you). well after kicking te snot out of an army and the former leader of
the region (who had fled to london), had returned and taken power over the entirety of Uganda (still the case today), a good chunk of these kids
joined Aunti Alices own bulletproof crusade, The LRA. Since this people have understood: young enough not to know death, righ wrong or pubencent
rebellion, but old enough to fire a gun, makes the best front line troop. and they're almost free to boot. hence LRA, Uganda, eteopia etc using them
as front line troops as fast as they can replace the casulties.
It's sick but the moral is good: first, if your going to fight a zero sum war (chechnya, Kurdistan, greek revolution...) be prepared to kill everyone
that might remeber they existed, and don't forget the Goldeneye Bond Villan (that means above the age of... dead) otherwise just give up. Now for
most of the world that means just leave these guys alone until they turn into the basque or corsicans and realise that the bigger the country your in
the better for you, as long as that country has good social policy and gives municipalities plenty of power. Central africa that means either run to
europe or sign your soul away because the only people who can actually change the rules of the game (that would be us, don't know or care enough).
Second moral: WE NEED to fix this mess. I don't care who you are: if fixing a senerio that encurages child soldiery genocide and mutilation, as
elements of rational national policy, you deserve to be lathered up in bacon grease and airdroped into the "not much the" Peoples "not so"
Democratic "having nothing to do with a" Republic of Congo. It takes money and will (by the way money is fake, we made it up, it used to represent a
certain amount of gold but now, not a whole lot) As a planet we just need to fix it, or at least those of us who shouldn't smell like sunday at
This is not new knowledge though, this is wy the turks let greece gain independance and Saddam gassed the kurds. The turks didn't suck enough as
people, and Saddam was using British plans for the kurds. (the original plan was to gas them until the moutains wouldn't support life for another
century, but RAF strikes held off the plan long enough for the Kurds to regester that their leaders were about to get them ALL killed and seek a
peacefull solution (not rebelling during major war time(WW2 and the Iran Iraq war being right up there on the list).
Sorry this is a little crass but its not exactly a warm and fuzzy topic for me(NGO/Policy/Development Politics being my focus of interest).I'm also
[edit on 5-3-2005 by kevinofCanukistan]