Charles Taylor Guilty of War crimes

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    Several hours ago, a UN-propped special court found former Liberian president, Charles Taylor, guilty of war crimes and crime against humanity - allAfrica.com: Liberia: Security Council Welcomes Conviction in War Crimes Trial of Charles Taylor

    While some people believe this was world justice and victory for Africa, I believe this was simply another hushing of an African nationalist and the reinstatement of colonialism in Africa:

    Charles Taylor became president in Liberia after a coup. But rather than adopting a US-backed agenda, Taylor leaned towards a somewhat nationalistic agenda. Charles Taylor would also be said to have aided Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in their efforts to oust their UN-puppet president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.

    While Charles Taylor and the RUF had their flaws, the fact remains that they were fighting colonialism in Africa, which is currently being reinstated allover Africa with approval of the UN and NATO. Therefore, the decision of the UN special court was nothing but success for imperialists who are bent on preventing independence, progress and prosperity in Africa.

    It is not justice when freedom fighters are constantly silenced and haters of freedom and independence are free to thrive in developing nations. You know, Africa would be A-Okay, were it not for imperialists bent on colonizing Africa.
     
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    All entities who made rebuttal on my assertion that decision of UN-backed special court was in fact success for colonialists have deleted their Twitter rebuttals. I wonder what they eventually discovered to cause the change of mind. I wonder.
     
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    Do you dispute the fact that Taylor recruited children, drugged them with a mixture of cocaine and potash (usually applied to a cut on the skull), and forced them to kill people, often including their own families?

    And do you accept that Taylor's intervention into Sierra Leone to steal diamonds was itself an act of colonialism?
     
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    Already declared Charles Taylor was not without flaws. Simply pointing out Charles Taylor and RUF (both with flaws) were compelled by colonialists to take desperate measures. Long and short:

    The wrongs of Charles Taylor and RUF may not be, were it not for the impositions by colonialists. And as can now be seen, colonialism is gaining more grounds in Africa.

    As per recruiting children for criminal activities: A lot of that goes on even in the US - Kids and hackers, oh my! DefCon adds kids track - USATODAY.com
     
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    Given there were no colonialists in Sierra Leone or Liberia during the time Taylor came to power, I can't imagine what those 'desperate measures' were.

    The fact that the killing of the RUF forced the democratically elected government of SR to hire private miltary contractors would suggest the opposite.

    There is virtually 0 colonial influence in Africa these days - this is merely a conveniant excuse for Africans to avoid taking responsibility for their own errors.

    Nine countries placed their national armies in the DR Congo during the recent war - not one was from outside Africa. THAT is colonialism.
     
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    that really sounds like something that came straight out of the cia cook book
     
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    Charles Taylor is a thug. His buck naked teenaged "warriors" for some reason thought it was a good idea to fire on the US Embassy. Well place rounds from Marine snipers put a stop to that. Sending intoxicated children to war is not cool. That is not from the CIA. I was there when it happened.
     
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    I knew a guy named Charles Taylor. He was White and lived in California.

    Probably not the same guy...
     
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    It does - and it is also true.

    The practice is described in detail in books published by ex-child soldiers, and has been witnessed by hundreds of people across the region. Ex-soldiers stil bear the minor scars near their temple.
     
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    Meanwhile an erstwhile supporter and backer of Taylor gets the Nobel Peace Prize. Isn't the world funny when it's being hypocritical?
     

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