June 7th, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Is capturing Joseph Kony possible?

What will be the fate of the notorious Joseph Kony?

"If he cannot be captured, [then] he will be rendered ineffective," Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, told Fareed Zakaria in a recent interview. Watch the excerpt above for more or tune in for the full interview with Kagame on Sunday's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

Kagame says groups should be working together more to capture the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, the guerrilla movement notorious for its attacks on civilians and use of child soldiers.

Kony led a failed uprising against the government of Uganda and was pushed out of Uganda in 2006. He has been moving around other countries in the region ever since. Wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, Kony was the subject of a celebrity-backed video that went viral earlier this year that helped make Kony's alleged crimes more widely known.

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  1. johnpicarra

    just another african with a machine gun, thinks he is Idi Amin, and is ready to kill everybody in his way.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  2. Franc

    Who is Kony?

    June 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
    • aki

      1 of the thousands of Lord of War out there. lol i meant war lords.

      June 8, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
    • markishere

      A chinese company who makes knock-off Sony products

      June 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  3. Eddie Haskell

    Who cares? He's just a spearchucker!!

    June 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • Wes F

      Eddie Haskell, Way to show your true colors behind anonymity you worthless racist.

      June 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Craboo

      Eddie, Clueless much? If you are not 10 years old and playing games you truly are worthless.

      June 8, 2012 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • A Soldier

      Although callous and insensitive, it's basically true. One can replace this guy with just another guy many times over. Africa is not stable nor has it been. It's not civilized to any degree unless you consider South Africa which had been under British rule for so long with a large white population and then oddly enough the north which isn't even black people at all, but more so Arabs....and look how stable they are. The guy is likely dead anyway. He hasn't been seen in years. He's not in power of anything. He's just an icon who was taken by this group and millions of people were taken advantage of while they made a quick buck abusing social media and ultimately the media itself when they locked onto it. They are all fools for seriously talking about this as an issue.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Reply
      • Banana

        What are you talking about??? South Africa has had complete independence from the United Kingdom since 1910. It is very much a sovereign nation in Africa and has equal white European roots from the Dutch.

        June 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • elevation2012

        Again someone who has no facts but relies only on TV. Not only South Africa, which hasn't had white rule in a very long time, but also Equatorial Guinea, which people make more on average than in America, but less than Tokyo, Gabon, Ghana, etc, all are strong countries that are stable. You don't hear of war in any of those countries. When you have people (whites) barge into a place and carve out countries and displace people and rival tribes, then you get ciaos. To say that black nations are failures, is another reason why education in America is horrible. Learn something, other that what you are comfortable with, which is racist dialogue through a PC.

        June 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
      • The pacific

        Is that all you know? Do you know that the white Eurropeans or colonists have robbed almost all nations in the world? From sea piracy (the England queen) to invasion with guns along with their God, they robbed and brought home the wealth that belong to those nation? Very civilized indeed! People like you are ignorant with your own world. And remember I'm not "African" writing these words to you. Learn. You just never know how the powerful rich nations have interest in maintaining part of such world "uncivilized"

        June 9, 2012 at 9:21 am |
      • Afrique

        @soldier my foot..it simz you have never traveld in your missarable little little life,may be you are a poor american thats why Africa is beautiful, full of civilizd educated beings, if you dont mind who is termd ar the father of internet, who is the man behind your missile operation technology? African, Africa mwaiche home of munthu

        June 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  4. Peter

    Just another war crime "leader" that's promoted by the invisible children through the Kony 2012 campaign...

    June 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  5. Wastrel

    I can't agree with anything that Kony has done - his violence, his use of child soldiers, and so forth but I have to give him this: He is a military genius of the first order. He could not have survived this long if her were not. And I predict: he will never be captured.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Reply
    • A Soldier

      .........because he's already dead. He hasn't been seen to any degree in years. Even Osama put out videos of himself from time to time so we knew he was alive.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
      • John

        Dead? The only source of that information is YouTube. No expert believes Kony is dead.

        June 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  6. J

    We caught Osama, didn't we? We could catch Kony if we actually tried.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • Dj

      not if he's being helped by a gov't authority

      June 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
      • Guest

        You mean like Bin Ladin and Pakistan?

        June 8, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  7. ECB

    Considering all the time and effort it took for us just to find osama, kony will probably never be found

    June 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  8. X

    You people ruin what this area is actually for. f in idiots.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  9. Cole

    Send in the Navy Seal or Recon Marines !!!

    June 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Panamavet

      Will you be going with them? Love how people advocate sending others to do things they are unwilling to do. If eliminating this guy is that important to you, gather like minded people into a volunteer force, go to Africa and hunt him down. During the Spanish Civil war Americans who were concerned about stopping fascism joined the Lincoln Brigade, went to Spain and actually fought against the fascist. Perhaps you and the others here who advocate sending other people after this guy can step up to the plate for once.

      June 8, 2012 at 3:09 am | Reply
      • Mike Farr

        Right on!

        June 8, 2012 at 11:42 am |
    • j. von hettlingen

      You haven't done a cost-benefit analysis, but the U.S. has!

      June 8, 2012 at 3:56 am | Reply
    • A Soldier

      Oh, didn't you hear we're already at war and prepping for another one right now? Anyway, we already have the Army there. Sure, it's a small amount of "advisors"...say a battalion in size. The US military is currently undergoing huge changes. We don't have time for small fish like this. We're prepping for and making huge changes in the Middle East and Asia right now if you don't know already...which I highly doubt you do.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  10. strickjb

    No he can't. He's in CAR...been there for years. How many people even know where CAR is? There is no government 20km outside the capital Bangui.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  11. gen81465

    It's easy to get rid of him. Hire a contract mercenary, and offer him $5,000,000 US; and give him 30 days to get rid of Kony. Or better yet, offer $1,000,000 US to whoever can get closest to Kony and get rid of him; just bring us his head, nothing else. He won't be able to effectively run his business, when he fears contact from ANY individual.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • A Soldier

      Oh how fiscally responsible of you to go after a ghost which has been dead for years. The Kony thing was about a dead guy who they wanted to make a quick buck off of. By the way, the US doesn't pay mercenaries. We have trained professionals. Either we do it vai military or federal agency or we don't...period.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • John

        He's not dead. Do your research, man. Better yet, go talk to his victims in the DRC and CAR.

        June 8, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  12. Q

    Yes, it's called thermal imaging, you point the camera at the jungle and find the largest amount of heat signatures around. you then fire your guns.

    June 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • Evil Capitalist

      Oh thats so smart, I mean who knows how big the jungle is. Oh yeah, it doesn't matter if its just a bunch of animals close to each other or just another person shoot all of them right? No.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
      • Rabi

        Maybe part of our problem is rueggd individualism. We're told it is up to you singular to change the world. And what a burden that is, because to change the world alone, we first have to bestride it like a Colossus or else be small and petty, destined for dishonourable graves . Today on TV I saw a remarkable creature of the deep, called a Sea Pen; made up of thousands of tiny individuals. It anchors itself on the sea floor, it reaches out to the flowing currents for nourishment, it spreads itself out and folds itself up, sinking back into the sand. Somehow, each tiny individual knows what to do, some tiny thing in its tiny space, to make the whole thing work. Addie: what you do is not small'. I think your posts are an anchor to more people than you know Hardly a day goes by when your words from an ocean and a continent away, do not make a difference for me; and I share them often with those I love. In these ripples of connection, and of difference, the Kingdom unfurls, the currents flow, and the world can be changed.

        July 6, 2014 at 5:29 pm |
      • Luis

        I feel the Invisible Children organization has rhuogbt about an amazing amount of awareness throughout the United States and the world. It's raised a lot of money but now it's the government's job to create and follow through with a plan to capture Kony. At the end of 2008, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo launched a joint offensive against the LRA called Operation Lightning Thunder, with support from 17 U.S. military advisers. The operation failed because the LRA got advance warning of a bombing raid meant to kick off the campaign and bad weather stopped the operation. If the United States and other countries really wanted to stop Kony, they need to think of a better plan before risking more people's lives and putting others in danger. The question is also up in the air whether to kill Kony or just to capture him. I believe it would do more to capture him so he could tell us all who he was working with and punish those people too. As we speak children are dying, and the LRA is splitting up making it even more difficult for us to find them, and some people are still arguing over what the Invisible Children organization is doing with the money. We need to stop planning and start doing.

        July 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm |
  13. TDD

    One does not simply stop Kony by masturbating.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • John

      You really should do some research. That did not happen. Read the police report, stop being crude, and do something to change the world.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
      • Lana

        I'm going to follow suit with the other guys and comemnt about the site changes here too, because no comemnts are allowed on the previous post.I'm fine with the site changes, except for two things: the blue navigation bar and the Next/Prev. navigation controls. I really miss the ability to skip ahead one or two pages by clicking on the number, because it's darn annoying to have to go through one at a time. You know what else it annoying? The fact that the navigation bar stays on top of everything. I have a fairly decent size screen (1366 768), yet that thing still annoys me. Could we please have some sort of method of turning it off/making it hidden?

        July 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm |
      • Lyubov

        I think we may be long lost sisters! I have that quote taped to the cuoabprd in the kitchen. I get so lost in the day to day with my boys (1 1/2 & 3 1/2) and feel like I don't do anything. Thank you so much for this blog post! It is really encouraging!

        July 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
  14. j. von hettlingen

    Fareed, how long does Paul Kagame want to stay in power? In 2000 the parliament elected him as president. He won presidential elections in 2003 and again in 2010. He's seen as controversial – to his admirers he is an economic visionary and to his critics he is a despot who tolerates no opposition.

    June 8, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
  15. Chukwuemeka

    Fareed, forget about his being rendered ineffective. Paul Kagame is wrong because Kony terrorizes most of the people found in rural and semi-urban areas of the great lakes region and he is highly mobile. Therefore its easy for a President to say so because he is immuned from attacks by these bandits. Same way many African leaders have remained silent over Al- Shabab, Boko Haram and the new emerging group in Liberia using child-soldiers to terrorize Ivoriens.

    June 8, 2012 at 5:51 am | Reply
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Who cares? There's a double standard when it comes to apprehending and bringing war criminals to justice where the likes of Charles Taylor are tried for war crimes and the GWB's of the western world are treated like folk heroes! This world is simply f-up!

    June 8, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
  17. Stella

    You can't catch someone who is dead and has been dead for some time. Just another bs news story to distract.

    June 8, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • John

      He's not dead. No expert believes that. That is a rumor made up by YouTube.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  18. onestarman

    It is No More Possible to Capture or Kill KONY than Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden.

    June 8, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
  19. Everett Wallace

    not even worth it we got barack obama captured and contained

    June 8, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
  20. derek

    there is no kony. hes made up propaganda

    June 8, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  21. y2daddy

    People still care about Kony? That was SO five minutes ago....

    June 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
    • John

      Some people want to make the world a better place.

      June 8, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  22. Mazzata

    Take no prisoners. Exterminate him.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  23. jam8canpops

    Why bother to capture him?Give him the same as OBL

    June 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  24. Otieno Owido

    It would be very useful to show the whole entire interview..mostly somewhere towards the end of your segment.

    June 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  25. joe anon 1

    kagame was in your studio. why was he not arrested? far worse than the state dept boogie man, kony 2012

    June 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  26. Admin

    Paul Kagame is the the biggest war criminal walking this planet, over a million Congolese dead and continue to die.
    Joseph Kony's crimes make him look like Mother theresa Compared to Paul Kagame's Colourful portifolio of Crimes!

    June 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
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    Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

    May 12, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply

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