Obama sends 100 troops to central Africa to fight terrorists
Evidently, they will be spread out over several countries and will be in an advisory role.
Their target - the "Lord's Resistance Army" - is a cult-like terrorist group that enslaves children for sex and uses them as soldiers while raping, pillaging, murdering, and destroying villages across several central African countries.
Part insurgency and part cult, the Lord's Resistance Army has waged a 20-year campaign of terror across Uganda, where it originally formed in opposition to the government there, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and Sudan. It raids villages, massacres for no other purpose than bloodlust, enslaves child soldiers and child sex slaves, drugs its captives to make them more violent, all in an apparently endless mission that has destroyed countless villages and killed thousands of civilians, transforming one of the world's least governed spaces into one of its most dangerous.
A 2009 U.S. law authorizing financial support to Uganda against the LRA cites studies finding the LRA had abducted 66,000 children and displaced two million civilians. Last year, Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth -- no hawk -- called on Obama to use U.S. military force against the Lord's Resistance Army. Roth cited the group's overwhelming humanitarian toll, its small size, and (unlike, for example, the Taliban) its extreme unpopularity among the populations it terrorizes.
What good will 100 soldiers do? Not too darn much at first. Expect follow up deployments, hopefully in conjunction with our European allies.
These are really, really evil people and need to be stopped - but I'm not sure America is the country that should be doing the stopping. If our soldiers are forced to fight back, they will be shooting at 9 and 10 year old little boys. Are we - and they - prepared for that? Plus, suppose our boys find the enemy and direct the local army toward the fighting. Many African troops are poorly trained and are likely to bolt at the first sign of combat, leaving our guys alone to face the enemy.
We need to cut the head off this terrorist group and go after their leader:
It is led by Joseph Kony, a self-proclaimed prophet known for ordering village massacres, recruiting prepubescent soldiers, keeping harems of child brides and mutilating opponents.
There are some who say we shouldn't be fighting these terrorists because they are "Christian" and are fighting Muslims in the Sudan. The Lord's Resistance Army is much closer to a cult than a Christian sect, with Kony being worshiped as a god and a harsh regimen of drugs and beatings programming these child soldiers to kill on Kony's command. No Christian sect employs children as sex slaves either.
It's not that they resemble Christians that should give us pause but rather if there is anything 100 or even 1000 American soldiers can do to defeat the LRA. This is a typical liberal military deployment in that there are no vital American interests at stake, but we can pat ourselves on the back for being so noble as to spill our blood for others with no thought of any strategic advantage. It is the antithesis of the rational reason to use our military - to protect Americans and/or American interests - which sits fine with many liberals who now get to congratulate themselves for being so unselfish as to sacrifice our soldiers for others without a thought of getting anything out of it for ourselves. Of course, it won't be their blood spilled for no compelling reason which also, is just fine with them.
The situation in central Africa is a tragedy. But it is an African tragedy and demands an African solution. The fact that we won't get any thanks from any of the countries involved should discredit this deployment from the start.