Kony 2012: Should the LRA Be Forgiven?

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Yesterday I discussed the virtues of punishing African warlord Joseph Kony, a goal famously shared by the Kony 2012 campaign. Today I became aware of a different kind of campaign--a campaign in Uganda to forgive officers and footsoldiers in Kony's Lord's Resistance Army for the atrocities they were party to, and to reintegrate them into the communities they left and in some cases victimized.

The video below, produced by the Fetzer Institute, documents this effort. Whether or not you consider forgiveness appropriate, I think you'll have to agree that this is a remarkable undertaking. We join the 21-minute Fetzer documentary about halfway through it, when it starts to focus on the forgiveness and reconciliation campaign. You can watch the whole documentary from the beginning here.

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Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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