Because Obama opposes them, Limbaugh endorses terrorists and murderers


There may be no better demonstration of how the blind, unthinking and unfounded hatred of Barack Obama has skewed the rationality of conservatives than Rush Limbaugh’s endorsement of the war criminals, murdering “Lord’s Resistance Army”  (LRA) in Central Africa.

Watch this short excerpt from a PBS documentary, “The Lord’s Children”:

Original PBS airdate: Tuesday, July 29, 2008. The region of Northern Uganda was ravaged by one of Africa’s longest civil wars until 2006. For over 20 years, more than 65,000 children, some as young as five years old, have been kidnapped by Uganda’s anti-government rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and forced to serve as child soldiers and sex slaves.

Under the command of LRA leader Joseph Kony, these children have been terrorized into committing the worst atrocities, even killing their own families. Lord’s Children follows three former LRA soldiers who escaped from the bush and have since taken refuge in a rehabilitation center. WIDE ANGLE is with the center’s counselors as they help the physically and emotionally scarred children put their lives back together.

For more information, visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/episodes/lords-children/introduction/1769/

Oh, one may have second and third thoughts about President Obama’s dispatching of “advisers” to help Uganda’s government fight the LRA.  Anyone who remembers Vietnam would think twice about such a deployment, though Rush appears not to remember Vietnam at all (!), and ignores the dramatic success of Obama’s policies toward Libya over the past year.

Worse, Limbaugh appears to believe the LRA is a simple group of Christians fighting for freedom.

So that’s a new war, a hundred troops to wipe out Christians in Sudan, Uganda, and — (interruption) no, I’m not kidding.

You should read Matt Yglesias’s comments on Limbaugh’s despicable claims:

Victim of Lord's Resistance Army - image from Human Rights Watch via Matt Yglesias

(Image of a victim of a machete attack by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) - Human Rights Watch via Matt Yglesias))

I don’t have a really strong view on whether or not it’s advisable to dispatch a small number of US combat troops to help fight the Lord’s Resistance Army. My instinct is to be skeptical. I want to see less military intervention, not more. But Rush Limbaugh’s instinct is to embrace brutal murderers:

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. I was only kidding. Lord’s Resistance Army are Christians. 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. That’s what the lingo means, “to help regional forces remove from the battlefield,” meaning capture or kill. [...]

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 LRA ideology.” Those are the objectives of the group that we are fighting, or who are being fought and we are joining in the effort to remove them from the battlefield.

This post is illustrated with a photo of a man who survived a Lord’s Resistance Army machete attack and has the gashes on his head to prove it. You can read more about it courtesy of Human Rights Watch:

LRA forces attacked at least 10 villages, capturing, killing, and abducting hundreds of civilians, including women and children. The vast majority of those killed were adult men, whom LRA combatants first tied up and then hacked to death with machetes or crushed their skulls with axes and heavy wooden sticks. The dead include at least 13 women and 23 children, the youngest a 3-year-old girl who was burned to death. LRA combatants tied some of the victims to trees before crushing their skulls with axes.

The LRA also killed those they abducted who walked too slowly or tried to escape. Family members and local authorities later found bodies all along the LRA’s 105-kilometer journey through the Makombo area and the small town of Tapili. Witnesses interviewed by Human Rights Watch said that for days and weeks after the attack, this vast area was filled with the “stench of death.”

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 personel to be doing. But let’s make no mistake—these are depraved mass murderers. And yet Rush Limbaugh is pleased to welcome them as fellow Christian allies.

Oy.

If Limbaugh has a human brain cell and human heart cell left, surely he will retract this bizarre endorsement of terrorists.

You don’t know about the LRA?  I suppose it’s possible people have slept through the past two decades or forgotten the news reports.  The group has been terrorizing Sudan and Uganda since 1987.  The facts from Wikipedia:

“The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on 8 July and 27 September 2005 against Joseph Kony, his deputy Vincent Otti, and LRA commanders Raska Lukwiya, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen. The five LRA leaders were charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape, sexual slavery, and enlisting of children as combatants. The warrants were filed under seal; public redacted versions were released on 13 October 2005.”

  • You may wish to start with the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Uganda Recovery Act of 2010:
    The Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act was a 2010 act of Congress promoted by the Obama administration that makes it American policy to kill or capture Joseph Kony and to crush his rebellion once and for all. According to the President, “The legislation crystallizes the commitment of the United States to help bring an end to the brutality and destruction that have been a hallmark of the LRA across several countries for two decades, and to pursue a future of greater security and hope for the people of central Africa.”[1][2]

Limbaugh’s actions are really beyond the pale. Clearly he is undergoing some kind of mental disturbance.  Is there any organization over him to see he gets the treatment he needs,  and get him off the air before he does more damage?  Responsible radio stations should pull his program until there is a retraction and some sort of indication that the man is not himself a threat to the country — assuming he thought he knew what he was doing.

Call your local Limbaugh outlet, ask if they endorse terrorism, too.  If they don’t endorse terrorism, ask what they intend to say and do about Limbaugh.

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18 Responses to Because Obama opposes them, Limbaugh endorses terrorists and murderers

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  2. Jim says:

    Wow.

    ::: crickets :::

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    I guess Limbaugh was out of town and missed that PBS episode. Or maybe he learned about LRA from Glenn Beck.

    Beck, too? You’re not serious. Are you?

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  4. [...] of the child maiming, rape-sowing, war-crimes committing “Lord’s Resistance Army” made by Rush Limbaugh the other day, I sought out the Dallas-Fort Worth station that carries the program.  Limbaugh’s show is [...]

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  5. mark says:

    I guess Limbaugh was out of town and missed that PBS episode. Or maybe he learned about LRA from Glenn Beck.

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  6. Gee I wonder how much sooner we could have found bin Laden and ganked his ass if Bush and the neocons didn’t weaken our military by sending them to Iraq on a mission that in no way shape or form served our interests….

    Care to find the balls necessary to answer that question, Alan?

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  7. Jim writes:
    I don’t want to presume their silence is tacit or implied agreement…

    Oh I think it’s safe to assume that it is tacit or implied agreement.

    Which is ironically hilarious considering the conservatives are the first ones to jump down Islam’s throat for not condemning Islamic terrorists at every turn.

    But then conservatives long ago abandoned the concepts of morality, intelligence and responsibility.

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  8. [...] and unholy silence from conservatives and Christians about this terrorist-supporting claim from a pillar of right-wing thought.  No wonder Jesus weeps (not past tense).  On October 18, Limbaugh went back to the topic to [...]

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  9. Jim says:

    Wow. The silence of “the usual suspects” among conservatives is deafening. Have they no response to Limbaugh? Do they condemn him for this?

    I don’t want to presume their silence is tacit or implied agreement…

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  10. Ed Darrell says:

    Why did George Bush send aid in 2008? Have our strategic interests in getting minerals and other products out of Uganda changed since then?

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  11. ALan writes:
    However humane or not it is to intervene in Uganda, the fact is the United States has no strategic interests there . At a time when we are cutting back troops in places where we do have interests, why are we weakening our military by going here ?

    And that’s a fair question, Alan. But what Rush and others were doing was not asking that question. They were giving support to a terrorist group. They were defending the LRA as “just a group of Christians.” Whether or not they’re “Christians” is debatable but they are they’re still terrorists. Do you recognize the difference?

    Now just to point out something for your attention. Questioning the need for the troops to be sent is not supporting terrorism.

    But that sure as hell didn’t stop your side of the political fence from making the claim that opposing the Iraq war was “liberals allying with terrorists” or “being anti-American.”

    Because it’s not like we had a strategic interest in Iraq before we stupidly invaded them. And it’s not like the Iraq war didn’t weaken our military.

    The fat ass drug addict loudmouth that your side worships like the second coming of Christ just couldn’t stop his continued moral debauchery and irrational hatred and latent racism. And in the end…he defended a group of terrorists.

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  12. Ellie says:

    Alan Scott, I may question the wisdom of sending troops, but that has nothing to do with Mr. Limbaugh advocating for a terrorist organization that massacres people and kidnaps, tortures, and enslaves children. It appears that those who burned a three year old alive, and force small children to kill their own parents, and sell girl children into sexual slavery are OK in his book as long as they have “Lord” in their chosen name.

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  13. Alan Scott says:

    However humane or not it is to intervene in Uganda, the fact is the United States has no strategic interests there . At a time when we are cutting back troops in places where we do have interests, why are we weakening our military by going here ?

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  14. Well we already have other Republicans supporting other terrorist groups.

    After all, Michele “Harpy” Bachmann supports Iran’s MEK which not only is classified as a terrorist group by the United States government but has also killed American citizens.

    The terms “conservative” and “morality” have never been farther apart.

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  15. Jim says:

    I actually didn’t need to read this to know Rush Limbaugh represented all that was vile and evil in conservative and Republican circles. But it does add more evidence against him.

    My prayer is that the Holy Spirit would convict Limbaugh of his sin. His hatred of his fellow human being; his naked, abject greed; his racism and bigotry; his homophobic fulminations; his serial “marriages” and his drug addiction.

    I know God can change the heart of the most evil people — I have seen and experienced it. I am praying for Rush.

    But that doesn’t mean I can keep silent about the river of bilge and filth that pours out of his mouth every single day. How anyone can call themself a faithful follower of Jesus and not reject this man’s sickening philosophy is beyond me.

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  16. Eric Koenig says:

    Apparently Limbaugh thinks, because it’s a “Christian” group, it can’t be a bunch of terrorists. Yet the Bush labeled them as such in early 2001, BEFORE 9/11.

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  17. And watch the right wing fall over itself seeking to defend terrorism in God’s name….

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  18. Ellie says:

    I have written to my local station:

    Rush Limbaugh appears to support The Lord’s Resistance Army, already designated as a terrorist organization by our government. It is responsible for mass murders and the kidnapping of tens of thousands of children, forcing them at times to kill their own families before making them into soldiers, or selling them as sex slaves. Does WBEN agree with Mr. Limbaugh? Is that why he’s still on the air?

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