Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: It Takes A Village
Posted on 07/17/2011 8:16:03 PM PDT by marktwain
African Village Uses Tech to Fight off Rape Cult, David Axe of Wired.com reports in its Danger Room-Whats next for National Security feature column.
The place is the southern Central African Republic. We learn that dreadlocked fighters of the LRA, the Lords Resistance Army rebel group called tongo-tongo by the natives, raid villages, kidnapping men and women, forcing them to porter stolen goods, brainwashing the boys to become new fighters, and keeping the girls as rape trophies for officers and as breeders for even more new fighters.
We learn this has been repeated countless times across Central Africa.
And we learn that surviving residents of the village of Obo decided they would not go gentle into that good night. Instead, they raised their own volunteer scout force, armed it with homemade shotguns, and began disseminating intelligence on the LRAs movements using the villages sole, short-range FM radio transmitter.
So thats what the Wired title means by tech: Guns. And yeah, a radio, but without the guns they couldnt protect it.
The result? Obo has not suffered another major LRA invasion, Axe writes.
Hmmm a militia comprised of the people establishing security and keeping evil at baywhere have we heard that concept before?
Which means, of course, that the government is against the idea. No surprise thereas signatories to the UN-crafted Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, any arms not under its controland their own public laws governing, among other things, homemade weapons, you cant expect them to forego the incentives for toeing the UN lineas opposed to securing the Blessings of Liberty for the people theyre supposed to serve.
But wait, some may say, the LRA is a militia, too, as if that somehow negates the value of good people being able to provide mutual defense. Brigands resorting to force and fear have been plaguing societys productive since the dawn of timeand the rational quickly learned their option was to submit, enduring enslavement and death for themselves and their Posterityor to fight back. Our Constitutions Framers knew this when they crafted the Second Amendment as the ultimate safeguard against enemies foreign and domestic.
The villagers of Obo represent in principle the wisdom of our own Founders as they deploy in righteous defense so that no more of their people will be kidnapped, enslaved, raped, killed and their story seems somehow familiar, but with one important difference.
What were seeing is a real-world reenactment of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawas masterpiece, Seven Samurai, perhaps more familiar to American audiences when remade as our own classic, The Magnificent Seven.
The important difference? Unlike the inept, cowardly weaklings the simple villagers in both films were portrayed as, the men of Obo have provided for their own defense. They have not relied on importing mercenaries to do their fighting for them, and that is as it should be. Free men who accept the burdens of adult responsibilitieseven though their plight may seem hopeless and test their very soulsdo not need foreign heroes.
Visit David Codreas online journal, The War on Guns at WarOnGuns.com, read his Gun Rights column at DavidCodrea.com and listen to his weekday morning radio program The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance at NBC1260.com.
When the Taliban took over Kabul, one of the first things they did was insist that everyone in the city turn over their weapons.
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“We learn this has been repeated countless times across Central Africa.
These atrocities are worse that Kadhafi— so why are we not bombing the thugs in the Central African Republic?
As I understand it, he won't even send $10 a month to upgrade his half brother from "hut" status.
Aren’t you glad those terrible colonialists are gone and now all is peace and light?
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