Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Al Qaeda and blood diamonds. Why am I not surprised to see Jesse Jackson's good frind CharlesTaylor implicated?

After the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in those countries, Global Witness said, three other al-Qaeda operatives gained access to the illicit diamond trade in Sierra Leone, then controlled by the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front in that country.

"The report shows how the corrupt regime of President Charles Taylor of Liberia facilitated access for al-Qaeda operatives into Sierra Leone and Liberia in exchange for diamonds and weapons," Global Witness said.

"It also presents evidence to show how al-Qaeda took advantage of the same illicit diamond trading structures being utilised by Lebanese terror group Hezbullah."

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