October 17, 2011
Why US Forces are in Uganda?
Pepe Escobar, writing in the Asia Times, contends that the motive for the mission sending 100 servicemen to Uganda is not humanitarianism but geopolitics in a mineral-rich region of East Africa. Museveni's government (helped by Washington) has also perpetrated horrendous massacres against civilians. Kony [the rebel leader] may even be an amateur compared to Museveni - a sort of dictator for life who has just supervised the displacement and mass murder of at least 20,000 Ugandans on behalf of British corporations. Additionally, Museveni basically stole the Ugandan elections early this year. Obama's Uganda surge should be seen as a crucial exchange of favors with Museveni - who has sent thousands of Ugandan troops to the African Union (AU) force that is fighting the hardcore Islamist al-Shabaab in Somalia. So while Uganda fights a proxy war for the US in Somalia, Washington helps the dictator to get rid of the LRA "rebels". No wonder the Pentagon is quite fond of Uganda; Museveni...(Read Full Post)