I do not wish to be the bearer of bad news, however, the fact is Liberia is inching ever so close to yet another round of violence. And it seems as though everyone, including the international partners, is in denial. Since cessation of hostilities in 2003 we have not taken definitive measures to prevent a repeat of the carnage. The absence of war in Liberia currently, which is due primarily to the presence of UN Troops on the ground, does not equate to peace. To believe otherwise is merely living a lie.
Unlike Sierra Leone, Rwanda and other countries where in the post-conflict period maximum attention has been given to tackling the root causes of the violence in order to ensure deterrence; Liberia, on the other hand, has done just the opposite. Those who orchestrated the mayhem are now ruling the country and dictating the pace of reconciliation. This is no way to restore peace following a brutal war where more than 250,000 civilians were murdered and almost the entire population uprooted.
Furthermore, in a nation where a tiny minority has more than enough to live comfortably, while the vast majority of the population have nothing to live for; it is impossible for there to be sustainable peace. Unfortunately, this is currently the reality as we head toward yet another election that is unlikely to produce a change unless candidates are screened and the opposition receives adequate funding.
Recently, Mr. Varney Sherman, national chairman of the ruling Unity Party, personally donated 24 brand new 4-wheel drive pickup trucks to his party to be used for campaign purposes. Speaking at the presentation ceremonies President Johnson Sirleaf said, “Varney Sherman is not a Johnny come lately.” She was right. Mr. Sherman is known for placing the interests of his corporate clients above that of fellow Liberians. As the principal legal representative of Mittal Steel in negations to mine iron ore at Mount Nimba, he gave so much of the country’s resources to the company that the organization Global Witness had to cry foul. Because of this the government was pressured into renegotiating the contract. Sadly, Liberians did not fare much better in the renegotiations where Mr. Sherman and President Johnson Sirleaf made minor changes to the original deal.
It must also be noted Mr. Sherman abruptly severed ties with George Weah’s CDC Party which he vigorously supported in 2005 and has now signed on to Ellen’s Unity Party where the grass at the moment looks greener. Surely Varney Sherman is not a Johnny come lately.
In this situation where a man who has earned his fortunes operating exclusively within Liberia is able to give away – without batting an eye – 24 brand new trucks, while at the same time the vast majority of Liberians live on less than one dollar a day; undoubtedly, there is a need for change in the way Liberia is governed. This is what the 2011 Elections are all about. And that’s why TQ Harris is a candidate!!
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” These words were spoken by Edmund T. Burke hundreds of years ago and they still ring true today. There is no doubt evil has overtaken Liberia and destroyed everything in sight. Why will you stand idly by and watch the country turn yet again into a one-party state, knowing full well this produces dictatorship; dictatorship causes rebellion; rebellion leads to war; and war means bloodshed?
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The Author: T. Q. Harris, Jr. is a member of the Free Democratic Party (of Liberia) who is expected to be a Presidential candidate in the 2011 Election. Mr. Harris in 1997 was the Vice Presidential nominee of his Party. He is currently the Chairman of Liberian Contempt UPS. To get more information: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/ ; http://www.friendsoftq.org/ ; email@example.com ; and Phone: (562) 256-4271 Liberia: (231) 6 538827