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October 17th, 2011, 03:11 PM
October 17, 2011, 2:02 pm

Limbaugh Defends Lord’s Resistance Army

By ROBERT MACKEY (http://wirednewyork.com/author/robert-mackey/)
Updated | 2:54 p.m. Apparently sensing an opportunity to tarnish President Obama’s standing with listeners who were unaware of the suffering (http://www.hrw.org/en/features/dear-obama) caused by the African rebels who call themselves the Lord’s Resistance Army, Rush Limbaugh responded to the president’s deployment of 100 military advisers to combat the group in central Africa on Friday in a segment of his radio show headlined, “Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians (http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2011/10/14/obama_invades_uganda_targets_christians).”

Mr. Limbaugh began his discussion of the group — described by my colleagues (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/world/africa/barack-obama-sending-100-armed-advisers-to-africa-to-help-fight-lords-resistance-army.html) Thom Shanker and Rick Gladstone as “a notorious renegade group that has terrorized villagers in at least four countries with marauding bands that kill, rape, maim and kidnap with impunity” — by explaining that the “Lord” referred to in their name is not someone named Lord, but “God.” He said:

Now, up until today, most Americans have never heard of the combat Lord’s Resistance Army. And here we are at war with them. Have you ever heard of Lord’s Resistance Army, Dawn? How about you, Brian? Snerdley, have you? You never heard of Lord’s Resistance Army? Well, proves my contention, most Americans have never heard of it, and here we are at war with them. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. It means God.

Overlooking the detailed record of their brutality and bizarre practices, Mr. Limbaugh then added: “They are fighting the Muslims in Sudan. And Obama has sent troops, United States troops, to remove them from the battlefield, which means kill them. So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda.”

After suggesting that Mr. Obama “supported” violence against Coptic Christians by Muslims in Egypt, Mr. Limbaugh then read aloud what he called the “Lord’s Resistance Army objectives.”

I have them here. “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people.” Now, again Lord’s Resistance Army is who Obama sent troops to help nations wipe out. The objectives of the Lord’s Resistance Army, what they’re trying to accomplish with their military action in these countries is the following: “To remove dictatorship and stop the oppression of our people; to fight for the immediate restoration of the competitive multiparty democracy in Uganda; to see an end to gross violation of human rights and dignity of Ugandans; to ensure the restoration of peace and security in Uganda, to ensure unity, sovereignty and economic prosperity beneficial to all Ugandans, and to bring to an end the repressive policy of deliberate marginalization of groups of people who may not agree with the L.R.A. ideology.” Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting.

The conservative host, who has previously demonstrated (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/us/16judge.html) a fondness for sharing information found on Wikipedia with listeners, even when it is incorrect or misleading, appears to have taken this list of objectives from a defense of the Lord’s Resistance Army (http://www.km-net.org.uk/conferences/KM97/papers_htm/casefor.htm) delivered by one of its leaders 14 years ago, which is featured in the online encyclopedia’s entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord's_Resistance_Army#Ideology) on the group’s ideology.

Mr. Limbaugh did not mention that the speech defending the rebel group was made in 1997 at a peace conference, organized by members of the ethnic group the Lord’s Resistance Army claims to represent, who characterized the conflict in northern Uganda this way (http://www.km-net.org.uk/): “The L.R.A. has abducted thousands of people, mainly children, tortured and murdered; and looted and destroyed property. The government army has not been able to provide adequate protection to the civilian population.”

In response to Mr. Limbaugh’s defense of the Lord’s Resistance Army, Matthew Yglesias, who blogs for the liberal Think Progress site, quoted from (http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/10/15/345000/rush-limbaugh-endorses-the-lords-resistance-army/) a Human Rights Watch report detailing a brutal attack (http://www.hrw.org/news/2010/03/28/dr-congo-lord-s-resistance-army-rampage-kills-321) by the group. Mr. Yglesias argued: “I think reasonable people can disagree as to whether or not chasing a relatively small band of depraved mass murderers around Central Africa is a reasonable thing for American military personnel to be doing. But let’s make no mistake — these are depraved mass murderers.”

From the opposite end of the political spectrum, Erick Erickson wrote (http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/10/16/the-president-is-not-going-to-africa-to-kill-christians/) on the conservative Web site Red State on Sunday night: “In the past 72 hours, I have gotten lots of e-mails from lots of people who should know better asking me if I’ve heard about Barack Obama sending American troops to Africa to go after the Lord’s Resistance Army. The people hearing the name assume it is a Christian group fighting radical Islamists in the Sudan or some such. It is no such thing.” He added: “The group has notoriously gone through Uganda capturing children and turning them into soldiers and, when not successful, murdering them. The group engages in sex trafficking, slavery, murder, mutilation, and the list goes on and on.”


October 17th, 2011, 03:32 PM

A slight oversight on the part of the politically blind.