If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton

Submitted by Glen Ford on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 21:03
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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

“Whereas Liberian president Charles Taylor was accused of encouraging the slaughter of possibly 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have armed, financed and protected the killers of six million people – 120 times as many fatalities – in the eastern Congo.”

 

If Charles Taylor is a War Criminal, Then So are Obama, Bush and Clinton

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

Clinton, Bush and Obama have instigated, encouraged and collaborated in the worst genocide since World War Two.”

Last year, former Liberian president Charles Taylor became the first former head of state ever to be convicted by an international tribunal. Taylor, whose 60-year prison sentence was upheld, last week, was found guilty of war crimes – not in his own country, but in neighboring Sierra Leone, where a civil war had raged from 1991 to 2002. The Liberian president wasn’t accused of personally committing mass murder in Sierra Leone, or even of having ordered that these crimes be committed. Instead, the prosecution argued that he had “instigated” others to commit the crimes in order to profit from the sale of what became known as “blood diamonds.” The court reasoned that Taylor must have known about the horrendous crimes that were being perpetrated by his friends among the rebels in the neighboring country, and was, therefore, as guilty as they were.

If that is the new standard for international criminal law, then Barack Obama and the two other living U.S. presidents should soon be moving into prison cells next door to Charles Taylor. These three U.S. presidents have instigated – with full knowledge of the consequences – 17 years of the most ghastly crimes imaginable in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Whereas Liberian president Charles Taylor was accused of encouraging the slaughter of possibly 50,000 people in Sierra Leone, Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have armed, financed and protected the killers of six million people – 120 times as many fatalities – in the eastern Congo, where American allies Rwanda and Uganda have been on a rampage of looting and mass murder since 1996.

Charles Taylor’s crimes in Sierra Leone – if he is guilty – pale in comparison to those of U.S. presidents in the Congo.”

Charles Taylor’s motive was said to be personal gain from the blood diamond trade – although international investigators have never found his alleged hidden treasure. The United States let loose its Rwandan and Ugandan dogs of war for a much bigger prize: the world’s largest deposits of strategic minerals that are required for maintenance of modern industries and war machines. Charles Taylor’s stash of ill-gotten cash may be fictional, but the flow of Congolese coltan and other strategic minerals through Rwandan and Ugandan military middlemen to the rich countries of the West is undeniable. Charles Taylor’s crimes in Sierra Leone – if he is guilty – pale in comparison to those of U.S. presidents in the Congo, where Clinton, Bush and Obama have instigated, encouraged and collaborated in the worst genocide since World War Two. And, just like common criminals, they tried to hide the evidence – suppressing United Nations reports, preventing discussion of Congo’s complaints before the World Body, and flooding the corporate media with propaganda that Rwanda and Uganda’s leaders are the most honorable men in Africa – when, in fact, they are the continent’s most coddled thieves and killers.

Of course, the United States will never submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court; its presidents cannot measure up to anyone’s standard of justice. They live by the law of the gun – the greatest war criminals on planet Earth.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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Charles Taylor Like Many 3rd World 'Villains' was on CIA Payroll

Submitted by Nixakliel on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 05:36.

Charles Taylor, like Saddam, Noriega, Mobutu, Osama Bin Laden, etc... - was either a collaborator w &/or actually on the CIA's payroll- before they were hyped-cast as 'villainous evil dictators' &/or international 'outlaw terrorists'. Taylor's CIA link was indeed [quitely] confirmed at his trial. 

Charles Taylor was acutally the late Liberian Pres Samuel K Doe's PRC Gov't's minister of interior, before looting his ministry for $million$ & ran off w the 'dough' in 1983. He was later picked-up by the US on an international arrest warrant, but some-how 'managed' to 'escape' a maximum security Federal prison & then slip out of the US [apparently managing to first 'acquire' {or was given} a valid Liberian {or US} passport & plane ticket]- or at least that's the cover-story that was told. It turns out that some-where [like the US?] Taylor got together w Amos Sawyer [author of Liberia's 1985 Constitution] & Liberia's current Madame Pres & co-winner of the {ig}Nobel 'Peace' Prize last yr- to plan to over-throw his ex-boss Samuel Doe in what turned into a long & bloody civil war [the first & thus far only in Liberian history]- that cost 250,000 - 350,000 lives. So why wasn't Taylor charged w those many Liberian deaths, many/most of whom he was directly responsible for? Why was he charged instead w 'instigating [WTF does that really mean] a crisis in Sierra Leone that cost 50,000 lives? Could it be that focusing on Liberia's Civil War Holocaust, could implicate Liberia's current 'Peace' Prize winning Pres?

The word was that Sawyer was supposed to then become the Liberian Pres w Taylor as his VP plus defense & interior minister, & the current madame Pres being co-VP plus finance & foreign minister [note FYI below]. But since Taylor spear-headed the fight on the ground while his 2 [semi-covert] co-conspirators 'lobbied' foreign support [safely] from abroad [IE: in the US], when Taylor's forces defeated Doe's troops & ultimately caught & killed Doe, Taylor 'cut the other 2 out of the deal'. 

Of course since Taylor was Liberia's ex minister of interior, he knew where most of Liberia [& Sierra Leone's] natural resources were [IE: so-called 'blood' diamonds]. IMO the US turned on Taylor because he was too free-lance & 'went off script'- as he went into BIZ for himself.

FYI: The current Pres has had long ties w US &/or EU linked international financial instutions like the UNESCO, the IMF & World Bank.

The fate of guys like Taylor, Saddam, Noriega, etc- is a cautionary tale for US African 'allies' like Paul Kagame & Museveni.   

It is 'american exceptionalism' says the black man President.

Submitted by Fanon on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 14:21.

"The Belarusian president added that he was surprised Obama would promote such rhetoric, considering the American president comes from a country “where black people were slaves not all that long ago.”

"American ‘exceptionalism’ draws similarities to the violent behavior of Nazi Germany, who used to justify the violation of human rights through the subjugation by invasion, occupation, and wholesale exploitation of other nations"

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/10/03/327406/belarus-head-slams-us-exceptionalism/

If this is not grotesque, nothing else can be that grotesque.  A person of African heritage regurgitating such rhetoric invoked in several forms to trample upon his own people and others of this world.  It is vile coming from him.

Here is a good article about

Submitted by mulligas on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 05:50.

Here is a good article about the Charles Taylor Conviction and the Internatonal Criminal Court.

http://gowans.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/the-message-of-the-charles-taylor...

 

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