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

Thursday, July 10, 2003

Charles Taylor. Not only ties to Jesse Jackson and Pat Robertson...but in the middle of a typical Ridgeway anti-America screed out pops this little nugget.

During the '70s, a Liberian named Charles Taylor attended Bentley College in Massachusetts, and became active in a Liberian-American association. After college, he returned home and took a job in Doe's government. In that capacity he reportedly exposed wrongdoings by Doe but also discovered that Doe was out to get him and returned to the U.S. Here, Taylor was arrested on the basis of Doe's claim that he had embezzled funds. At the time, Taylor's attorney was New York activist Ramsey Clark, the former U.S. attorney general. Clark told the Voice Monday that to the best of his recollection, Doe's embezzlement charges didn't amount to anything. Clark's defense focused not on the merits of the charges but on fighting extradition, arguing that Taylor would be killed if he were turned over to Doe. Amid all this, Taylor escaped from the Plymouth County House of Corrections in Massachusetts. "It's not clear what happened," Clark said. "It seemed like it wasn't something Taylor organized. Some people were going to try to get out, and he went with them."

And of course if there is a murderous tyrant involved, Jaques and the French must be waiting with an open palm.

The British tabloid also reported that Chirac had asked Liberia's "blood soaked" leader Charles Taylor to travel to the Paris summit, despite UN sanctions against him.

The visit was blocked at the last minute by US President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, America's staunchest ally in the Iraq crisis, who used their Security Council vetoes, the paper reported.

And, by the way. Eeeewwww.

IN RECENT BROADCASTS of his cable TV show “The 700 Club,” watched by an estimated 1 million households, Robertson has defended Taylor as a fellow Baptist and Liberia’s “freely elected” leader. The “horrible bloodbath” taking place in Liberia, he has repeatedly said, is the fault of the State Department.

“So we’re undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country. And how dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, ‘You’ve got to step down,’ ” Robertson said to his viewers on Monday.

What a sleazeball.

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