Is the Kony 2012 video just propaganda to send U.S. troops into Uganda so America can seize the African nation's recently discovered oil reserves?
The conspiracy theory is gaining traction, especially on Twitter, where users say it is not a coincidence that the Kony 2012 documentary has been released amid news that Uganda could become one of the top 50 oil producers in the world.
Joseph Kony is a warlord and head of the militant Lord's Resistance Army. The 30-minute documentary Kony 2012, made on behalf of the charity Invisible Children Inc. to put a spotlight on Kony's use of child soldiers and forcing young women into being sex slaves in Uganda.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during Thursday's press briefing that there were about 100 U.S. military personnel in the region trying to find Kony, but conspiracy theorists believe that number will climb and that America is looking to seize the oil.
Oliver Stone Theory of the DayTM #Kony2012 is a media front to send troops into recently oil top-heavy #Uganda. #facepalm, tweeted @OxbloodRuffin.
Invisible Children Inc., which has come under fire in recent days, could not be reached to get their take on the conspiracy theories. In fact, the charity's website, invisiblechildren.com, is currently inaccessible.
The LRA began its attacks in Uganda in the 1980s, when Kony sought to overthrow the government, according to the Associated Press. Since being pushed out of Uganda several years ago, the LRA has terrorized villages in Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan. The group takes young women into sexual slavery and forces children to commit heinous attacks.
Joseph Kony, not heard since 2006, no one cares. Then oil found in Northern Uganda, suddenly people want to stop him?, asked Twitter user @iDayway.
Any link between oil in Uganda and all this kony stuff? #i'mterriblycynical, said @moaningmeg.
Is it weird that there is suddenly interest in Kony when oil is found in Uganda? Said @iAmJeremyKay.
Anyone else wonder why the sudden Kony push & possible US military into Uganda? $2 billion/yr. in recently found oil, tweeted @SumoSmoker420.
Twitter user @IeatSweeTweets said he believes the Kony 2012-Uganda oil link is not just about the black gold, but getting America's economy back on track.
Kony 2012 is propaganda so America can cash in on Uganda's Big OIL RESERVES #WakeupAmerica oil=money War=money Uganda provides both!, he said.
Howard Koplowitz reports on crime and breaking news events for International Business Times. Howard formerly worked on IBT's continuous news desk, where he covered trending...