Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Charles Taylor caught

Thank goodness.

Update: Underscoring the continuing danger of the former warlord, the Special Court's prosecutor charged that Taylor was still trying to have Guinean leader Lansana Conté assassinated.


At 11:03 AM, Blogger LiberiaSon said...

I understand the excitement. perhaps i am a little confused and you might be able to help me out. What is War crime? the idea itself seem strange very open. Taylor is being charge with "War Crime" for his involvement in the civil war in Sierra Leone, what about the influence of Sierra Leone in the the Liberian Civil War? i don't see any charge for that. And they are considering sending him to Sierra Leone to face a court made up of Sierra Loenean, don't seem very fair on any level. This appears to be nothing more than an extention of witch hunt by America and the "western world"
If taylor is being charge for war Crime, so should government of Sierra Leone itself.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger LiberiaSon said...

I meant I DO NOT understand the excitement..

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Brian said...

I don't really accept the assertion that any trial in Africa is a witch hunt because of American or British interference. It seems like a cop out that just because a really bad African warlord faces justice, it must only be because of 'western world' meddling. The truth is this sort of thing should be more common. All bad war criminals, African or otherwise, should face justice. This is remarkable only because war criminals and dictators rarely face justice in Africa despite all the destruction they make.

The worst atrocities in Sierra Leone were committed by the rebel RUF. The RUF was supported, funded and armed by Taylor. If you want specific details of the accusation, I'm sure it's available on the Internet somewhere. The UN troops arrested and was going to try the RUF's leader Foday Sankoh but he died before that process really got underway. If Taylor is responsible for crimes committed in Sierra Leone, it is completely appropriate that he be tried in Sierra Leone. I just hope he is also tried in Liberia for the even more numerous crimes he committed there.

If you have specific details of alleged Sierra Leone government involvement in war crimes in Liberia's civil war, please present them.

I have many Liberia and Sierra Leonian friends and aquaintainces who had their lives ruined, relatives killed and villages destroyed by Charles Taylor's forces. So am I happy that he might finally receive what he deserves? Absolutely!

At 1:38 PM, Blogger TheMalau said...

I conquer Brian, wholeheatedly (and it is not often that I cut the US some slack).

At 3:13 PM, Blogger Brian said...

And the court also is trying for war crimes several militia members loyal to the Sierra Leonian government. So it's not like Taylor is the only one in the dock.

At 9:52 PM, Blogger said...

CT is a parasite. I hope the war tribunal allows the survivors a voice in the outcome of this trial.
otherwise it's just another photo op.

come see what we had to say about the chicken,, over at

At 6:23 AM, Blogger Black River Eagle said...

I knew that you would be on top of this breaking news story AND that you would be relieved to see him arrested and on his way to the ICC. Prison is too good for this lowlife xxx if you ask me.

It is odd that some people ( I could be more specific, but why bother) always see an American or Western plot behind every tree. Comments like the one that reader Toartu has made here are common if you checkout BBC's Have Your Say on Charles Taylor and here and there throughout the blogosphere. Makes you wonder, don't it?

All I've got to say today is, "We've got him!". I'll have more to say about this next week.

P.S. The word is concur Malau, not conquer. Conquer is what Lords of War do.


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