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An Arm for an Arm:

How to stop African leaders from being so gullible & Africans from being so expendable?

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by Chris Stevenson

The first dictator to be convicted by an international court since Nuremberg is expected to be sentenced to at least 80 years in prison this coming Friday June 1st (some say a couple days before on 5/30). Charles Taylor deserves much worse in spite of having the temerity to beg for clemency. His charges-11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity-are an understatement. They start with his role in his group ;the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) aiding the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in starting a civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002) to overthrow Joseph Momoh that killed 50,000 in over ten years. This included a grisly attack on Freetown which lead to the murder of 6,000 of it’s residents and-just to prove to the world how anti-black and anti-African he is-ordered the instantaneous amputation of hundreds including children and babies.

  Would it serve justice If I suggested he be forced to serve out his sentence without an arm and a leg, or perhaps both arms? My idea is merciful when you think of it, just have him forcibly strapped down to a hospital bed, put him to sleep and have a doctor perform the honors. This would prove much cleaner and move civilized than his method. Think about it. Taylor just loves diamonds, he’ll be forced to drink his food through a tube with a straw just like the astronauts used to do (except they had arms, lol) throughout his entire sentence. And if he wants something hard to suck on (as no-doubt he will), let him eat the diamonds he acquired in trade for his weapons. If this is difficult for many of you to accept because you feel Taylor “didn’t act alone” or was “just following orders” then believe it or not I agree with you. Whomever the forces are behind people like Taylor, Joseph Kony, and and other bloodthirsty African traitors should be investigated and tracked down, prosecuted and treated the same as I recommend Taylor, regardless of their position or rank and that includes elements and individual decision-makers within the Western powers.

Whenever you hear talk about population control, what’s the first word that comes out of their mouths? Africa. When you hear reports of some group wanting to reduce the population, what is the word you’ll hear no later than the next sentence? Africa. This is very conspicuous since most of the world’s fuel and minerals and other resources come from Africa. Diamonds from Sierra Leone were first discovered in the 1930’s, this period is assumed to has kicked off what is known as the “resource curse;” where political leaders trade public services, infrastructure and institutions for their own natural resources and the greed and corruption that go along with it. Another factor that can lead to this is the over-concentration on just one resource though that land may be producing more. While diamonds was the order of the day, gold mining was prominent in some regions of Sierra Leone.

  What has been taking place for decades is the United States and Europe tirelessly tampering into the affairs of Africa from a distance without wanting you to ponder on it. Programs and pogroms to politically sabotage and economically hinder the dark continent run deep enough to defy belief in the average layman were the mainstream press willing to make all these reports common knowledge. But the same entities that keep much of Africa weakened are the same that control most of the flow of information in major media.

  According to one correspondent “the Kony 2012 campaign was a well-funded propaganda facade to lure good-hearted Americans into backing another illegal US/UN intervention in a part of the world that has been raped by cynical conquerors since the dawn of time.” Yes Joseph Kony still needs to be taken down, as leader of the “Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he is really no different than Uganda’s other strongman Yaweri Museveni; two Idi Amins with the CIA seemingly playing both sides. Kony, Museveni and Taylor are nothing more than a continuation of that other Joseph from the Congo, the late Mobutu as well as Amin and countless others. The same blueprint the US uses to select black republican conservatives is pretty-much used to chose and implement leaders of various key African nations. When it came to finding Charles Taylor however, the US got a little more extreme, they found another Marion “Suge” Knight; stooping from black conservative to gang-banger (similarities between the two parties aren’t as different as outwardly thought. Simply a crossover from saggin’ pants to tailored suits, the same self-hatred and willing to be used by whites is a stark commonality).

  I know that some blacks hate hearing of any criticism of Muammar Qaddafi, but he is said to be directly behind the amputation of limbs as part of a scorched-earth campaign. Qaddafi trained and supported Taylor and Foday Sankoh, the head of the RUF. While Taylor’s work with the CIA as of yet is not specifically known, but due to his ties to Qaddafi and torture, it could have something to do with any precursor of the Rendition program that was officially instituted after 9/11. Aside from my search and amputate all parties involved in the planning and implementing these needless civil wars that just devalues black life on their own sovereign ground, I say we immediately stop buying diamonds, and in fact donate any rock you have-engagement ring or otherwise-to one of those kids in Africa with a missing limb because some headcase handpicked by the US thinks diamonds or oil is worth more than one human life. Black Africans in various nations can only raise their value by selecting and voting in leaders favorable to their needs, and these would be any President or head of sate that says NO to destabilization, even at the risk of being labeled a communist.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network for clbTV. Sign his Petition to permanently Abolish the Death Penalty @ Change.org. Respond to him on the link below.

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