“KAMPALA, Uganda — In March, the United States sent 150 Air Force Special Operations forces along with military aircraft to Uganda to help capture Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorized the country for decades. America is eager for a stable East African partner, particularly following the outbreak in December of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic.
“After the “Kony 2012” video calling for the fugitive leader’s arrest went viral in the United States, many Americans were convinced that Mr. Kony was the greatest problem facing Ugandans. But he is no longer a serious threat. The country’s real time bomb is a lack of educational opportunities that have over decades facilitated corruption and the recruitment of young people into terrorism and rebel movements. If the United States wants to neutralize the threat of radicalism in Uganda, it should invest in education, not a misguided manhunt.”
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