Former Liberian President Gets 50 Years for War Crimes, Named Special UN Envoy for Hospitality

Posted by on May 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

This guy seems like a piker next to Robert Mugabe.

Taylor was convicted April 26 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for aiding and abetting Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels and their partners.

The former president was accused of funding the RUF rebels through the sale of illegally mined diamonds — so-called “blood diamonds.”

More than 120,000 people were killed during the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone between 1991 and 2002. The RUF rebel soldiers — many trained in Libya — committed atrocities including rape, the use of enslaved child soldiers and amputations as a weapon of terror.

So really, is a guy like this any worse a dictator than Mugabe, the new UN leader for tourism?

Since being elected into power in 1980, first as prime minister, Mugabe has been accused of election-rigging, allowing government cronyism to thrive and promoting racism against Zimbabwe’s minority white population. The country, once with a stable economy, has become reliant on foreign aid.

“The man has blood on his hands,” a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change told The Guardian. “Do they want tourists to see those bloody hands?”

Mugabe over the years has landed on “worst dictators” lists compiled by Forbes and Parade magazines.

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One Response to “Former Liberian President Gets 50 Years for War Crimes, Named Special UN Envoy for Hospitality”

  1. JB on 30/30/12 at 11:54 am

    “election-rigging, allowing government cronyism to thrive and promoting racism ”

    Gosh, that “Ogabe” nickname those right-wing nuts throw around seems to be more apropos by the minute!