|Bernard Gbayee Goah
President, Operation We Care for Liberia
Written by Bernard Gbayee Goah
While the civil war is now over in Liberia, knowledgeable Master Planners of horrors, and wars will search for the next action areas in West Africa.
Liberian Warlords may provide their expertise to al Qaeda in Mali and other conflict zones in West Africa. For why won’t they??? Conflict regions are where the fastest monies on earth are, and Mali perfectly fits in the picture.
“Mali has become an incubator for terrorist activity that demands urgent international attention, world leaders said Wednesday, as the U.S. drew its most explicit link between al Qaeda havens in such places and the recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Mali–and much of the broader North African region known as the Sahel–has turned the country into a “powder keg” for terrorist activity by al Qaeda’s Saharan front, said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton” – http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/us-official-military-effort-needed-to-oust-radical-islamists-from-northern-mali/2012/10/02/ba3d3bba-0c95-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html
“Now, with a larger safe haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions,” Mrs. Clinton said at a scheduled meeting between senior government officials and heads of international groups held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly” –http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/us-official-military-effort-needed-to-oust-radical-islamists-from-northern-mali/2012/10/02/ba3d3bba-0c95-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html
Why won’t Liberian warlords provide their expertise to terrorist organizations in Mali?? After all, these very warlords committed atrocities in Liberia without been held accountable up to now, so why should they even care???
Now that the United States cannot be a save haven for Liberian warlords, the United States becomes their enemy. So, their next plan would be to join any terrorist organization against US interest. There is a wise saying that fit this scenario: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
It is within this context that the need for a war crimes court for Liberia is necessary in order to serve as deterrence to those who think they can use force to obtain any relevance to include a political one.
The United States must buttress the establishment of a Liberian war crimes court at this time, because it is not only the interest of West Africa that is at stake, but US interest as well.