Transcript CNN International interview with Nigeria's President Obasanjo and Publisher Chido Nwangwu on Democracy and Security Issues

While Liberia Burned
By Dr. Rufus Sanders

Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston, The Black Business Journal

The way in which the United States government has treated the people of Liberia is simply a low down dirty crying shame. We sat back and watched as Monrovia literally burned - and that almost in total silence and blindness. Even while the pleas of the UN and the rest of West Africa and more importantly the Liberian people themselves begged like dogs for the crumbs that fall from a master's table. We waited and waited.

Only now on the eve of a presidential trip to Africa do President Bush shows a reluctant "compassion" or more properly should I say guilt.

How could America be so cold, callous, insolent and heartless of one of the few places it colonized? While Liberia does not have oil and its people are Black; these were not the concerns when just a few decades ago America stripped the nation of its precious rubber commodities and other natural resources. Not to mention that these Liberians are not just Africans, but they are the descendants of American slaves who went back to Africa to attempt the duplication of the great American State of democracy on African soil. Much American church money has been spent on trying to bring that dream to fruition.

How could the Bush administration be so indifferent to the human suffering of these proud people? Is the president trying to attempt again what the world and the U.S. (under President Bill Clinton) did to Rwanda while it also self-destructed a few years back in one of the greatest human disasters since the holocaust?
How could Colin Powell not be more forceful in his demands that America take part in the proposed multinational peace keeping force? For him not to do so is tantamount to him acting like a Clarence Thomas.

What has America waited on?  It could not just be for the assassination of Charles Taylor (the Liberian president) and the complete ruin of the nation so we can then go in and turn Liberia into the West African beach vacation resort playground of rich Americans and Europeans; something that is akin to the Bahamas or Jamaica.
Alas maybe like Haiti, Liberia is being taught an abject American lesson in arrogance, pride and rejection. You see if you ever declare independence and freedom, as a Black nation from American domination and control; then you must forever pay the ultimate sacrifice as a nation. And that is political abandonment, economic neglect and social ostracization.

Dr. Sanders , contributing editor and columnist for The Black Business Journal magazine, and, is a Suffragan Bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the world, is the founder and the pastor of the Emmanuel Temple church in Sandusky, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D in American Culture Studies and has served in many leadership capacities in the organization that include national evangelist, international youth leader and missionary to West Africa. Responses will be published in our online and print editions. July 3, 2003

Liberia's bloody mess and hopes of a battered nation.
By Chido Nwangwu

The bloody mess, decimation and orgy of slaughter in the once beautiful Liberia, practically America's only colonial territory in Africa and home to millions of freed slaves from the U.S, have shifted to a relatively better option. On July 4, 2003, the man in the eye of the storm, embattled President Charles Taylor, has agreed to leave only when international peace keepers are well-entrenched in his country.

Here are a few points to note:

First, Taylor's desire to stay in power has fuelled much of the crises. He had insisted he will serve until January 2004. It would have been foolhardy and unrealistic since he had lost control of most geographic and civic territories of Liberia.

Second, Taylor has merely a sliver of moral credibility locally, regionally and international. His diamond deals made him enemies not true friends.

Third, African-Americans are incensed that the only country in Africa where, officially, their enslaved great-grandparents were shipped back to the "motherland" have received less than priority or significant humanitarian attention until Bush had less than 4 days to travel to Africa. Bush on July 2, 2003 indicated his intentions to send American troops to Liberia for monitoring truce and peace-keeping. Recall that it was the American Colonization Society (ACS) that was organized in 1817 to resettle free black Americans in West Africa. Some were known as "Americo-Liberians." Research students will recall that John H. B. Latrobe, president of the American Colonization Society, made a significant speech at the anniversary meeting of the American Colonization Society held in the Smithsonian Institute, on January 18, 1859.

Fourth, the informed opinion of key African-Americans and continental Africans show displeasure that only a few days before his second week of July 2003 trip to parts of the African continent, U.S. President George W. Bush cast his policy interest to Liberia, although belated - after almost 850,000 have been killed in recent ethnic, diamonds-control and militia fights.

Fifth, I agree with President Bush that "All the parties in Liberia must pursue a comprehensive peace agreement." At the end of the day, I believe that Liberian leaders must be held accountable for their violent greed and butchering of the the once glorious country. Liberian citizens who have joined various factions to chop off the legs of little kids and raped teenagers and burned down villages have some responsibility, too.

Sixth, a major consequence of the war is that Liberians have since been scattered all over west Africa and in many cities here in the U.S. Their best brains are on exile! People like Informational technologist Eric Peabody and writer Tarty Teh. Eric's wife, Elaine, has been a member of the editorial board of USAfrica for almost 7 years.

Although I am a Nigerian by birth, I've been involved through professional/media and personal efforts to be a part of the solution of the crises. Those efforts made the Liberian community in Houston 1995 to make me "an honorary Liberian citizen."

Since then, I've since looked forward to the day I'll set foot on Liberia. It's been a wish similar to ropping the wind....
Chido Nwangwu is the Founder and Publisher USAfrica Media Networks, Houston.

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