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Lord's Resistance Army: Still resisting

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17 April 2008 11:11

Some disappointing news from Uganda. Nine senior members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) were murdered, apparently at the behest of its crazy leader, Joseph Kony, with signs the group's peace negotiators lack direct communications with their leader, and that factions are emerging.

I have been deeply sceptical about the LRA's genuineness in the negotiations with the Ugandan Government to end the decades-long conflict. The LRA has long seemed to be what Stephen Stedman has called 'total spoilers'. That is, armies 'led by individuals who see the world in all-or-nothing terms, who often suffer from pathological tendencies contrary to the pragmatism necessary for compromise settlements of conflict'. If the LRA really aren't serious about peace, Stedman's theory explains why the current strategy is failing to bring them onboard. Unfortunately, his theory suggests the only means of dealing with the LRA is to either press ahead with peace efforts without them (very difficult) or to defeat them militarily (hopeless to date). If negotiations continue to stall, then it does bring back to centre stage the issue of the International Criminal Court's arrest warrants issued against Kony and his senior cadres. 

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