This story is somewhat dated (and we’re not sure how we missed it) but thought it warranted a post with some commentary nonetheless.
Do you remember the guy who had a meltdown after the Kony 2012 video went viral last year and ran naked through the streets of San Diego in broad daylight, screaming and fondling himself while also slapping his hands on a sidewalk before bowing out into traffic? His name is Jason Russell and he is the co-founder of Invisible Children, the group behind that video.
This past August, Invisible Children held a Fourth Estate Summit in Los Angeles and none other than U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power gave a speech there, with her husband Cass Sunstein in attendance. What’s truly amazing here is that this summit was ostensibly about fighting for human rights. This flies in the face of what Power advocated in 2002. During an interview, she advocated for supplying arms and assistance to the Palestinian authority while withholding aid to Israel. In this interview, Power essentially called for an invasion of Israel for human rights abuses. In 2011, Power called for action in Libya. Any honest assessment of that decision now leads to the conclusion that human rights abuses in that country have grown exponentially worse as a result of doing just that.
In the video below, shot on August 10th of this year, a short introductory video of Power – narrated by Russell – is played for the audience and then Power is introduced. Her speech follows:
During her speech, Power referenced the Kony 2012 video and its subject, Joseph Kony, a truly barbaric warlord. However, as we have written before, Kony is nowhere near the threat he used to be and the real target for his past abuses should be Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir, who, like Kony, is wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity. A dirty little secret though, is that without al-Bashir, there would be no Kony. Sudan’s president has provided Kony with guns, money, and supplies for years. As Sam Childers – the Machine Gun preacher – says, al-Bashir is the root of the problem when it comes to Kony. Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama works as the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO), an arm of al-Bashir’s government.
There was much suspicion surrounding the viral nature of Kony 2012 last year. It had a manufactured feel to it. Hollywood celebrities very much aided in the effort and this was not something they’re known to do unprompted on such a massive scale. The video also didn’t meet the caliber of others that got so many views so quickly. There were signs in the video that Invisible Children is a left-wing group, though Russell denied this in interviews. Further belying the claim is when Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein are treated as royalty at your event.
There have been some indications that attention may be getting re-focused on Kony. The chief of Lango, a region in Uganda, has offered to give Kony some land in return for the warlord ending his genocide. A celebrity Ugandan singer named Chameleone has decided to pull a Dennis Rodman and go meet with Kony to see if the warlord will agree to change his ways.
Hopefully, if Kony is indeed captured, we won’t see an encore performance like this from Russell: