I thank you for the opportunity to participate in this Briefing Session. A few months ago, we were similarly honored. We used the occasion to draw the attention of the Council to the continued progress of Liberia in consolidating its cherished peace. Today, notwithstanding the difficulties we face and the challenges that lie ahead, we remain confident and optimistic in the success of the peacekeeping mission, and in the growing capacities of the Liberian government to maintain and sustain the peace.
The Liberian Political Grapevine is a-washed, inundated by and with rumors of reported, last-ditch posturing by the registered Political Parties of Liberia, for mergers and/or coalitions. The much talked-about Ganta Coalition Conference initiated by Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Johnson is, apparently, on the rocks, with numerous speculations of possible parings of president-vice presidential teams of UP/LP, CDC/NPP and many others. Some political parties are engaged in religious retreats, tarrying, and seeking devine assistance in their political journeys to the Executive Mansion.
LIBERIA HAS NOT LEARNED NOR CONVINCED THAT
Indeed, Liberian policymakers and intelligentsia, the informed - middle- and upper-class citizens - have not learned, not persuaded nor convinced that town traps set for rats do not “catch only rats”, although the nation has been subjected to, and experienced, the mind-boggling devastation of the truth, reality and consequences of the wisdom of this simple, but powerful saying by the lowly, non-commissioned, military officer, turned political philosopher.
Monrovia-When U.S. superstar Akon landed in Liberia to launch the Light to Learn Initiative alongside Bridge Partnership Schools for Liberia, in his entourage were two gentlemen of whom nothing has been heard about.
When former U.S. Vice President Al-Gore was stopped on August 3, 2004 by Oregon State Trooper Eric Tholberg, for going 75 miles (120kph) per hour in a 55 mph (88 kph) zone, Gore did not put up any resistance neither did he called the Police Commissioner’s office. He sat quietly as the officer processed his ticket.
This statement is not intended to score political points or bring our appointed officials (some of whom we consider as friends and peers) into disrepute; we ask that all readers refrain from using it for that purpose. We are drawing from our years of education and experience in the fields of education, program evaluation, public administration and public policy to discuss a very serious issue that has the propensity to affect the future of Liberia and its future leaders; we hope that all will consider this discussion within this context and resist the urge to subscribe to name-calling and other unprofessional gimmicks.
After some twelve years of one of the most hateful ethnic/tribal bigotry; destructive, massive displacement of people as refugees; mind-boggling human suffering and passionate killings of a civil war nightmare in our country, there is, now, a mosaic or collection the so-called new breed of political animals - “politicians” - with, hopefully, liberal progressive ideas/ideologies;but are they, in real terms, the emerged/emerging,political class or the old-line, “back-to-business-as-usuals?”
If Cable News Network (CNN) Christine Anna Amanpour’s candid assertion that: “Peace is the first casualty of war” while covering the conflict in the Balkans particularly - Sarajevo in the early 90s is anything to go by– then it is only fair to reckon that a deliberate effort aimed at gross misrepresentations and disconnected attributions constitute an alibishrouded with political motive and as such is a travesty in search of the truth.
Owing to what many African leaders perceived as the International Criminal Court (ICC) disproportionately targeting African leaders while overlooking violations by the United States and Israel, few Countries in Africa have voiced out their intentions to withdraw from the ICC.
Nebo Owing to the atrocities committed during the fourteen years civil war coupled with those bearing greatest responsibilities being rewarded lucrative positions in government, many Liberians at home and the diaspora because of angered of what they see as the culture of impunity are demanding for war crime court as it was in neighboring Sierra Leone.