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Joe Mariani

We Need You Arrogant Warmongering Americans...Again
July 9, 2003

Once again, the international community has requested military help from the United States, a country Liberals tell us is reviled and hated all over the world. This time, Liberia needs help to remove the convicted war criminal Charles Taylor (former Boston gas station jockey and jail-breaker, and suspected embezzler) from power. To whom does the world turn when it needs help? The United Nations has asked the US to send troops to take charge of a "peace-keeping" mission. Secretary-General Kofi Annan wants US troops to give "heft" to the mission.

"Heft" is apparently a word meaning "a reasonable chance of success", although that wasn't in any of the dictionary definitions I could find. Without US backing, the UN might as well send a troop of Girl Scouts armed with stale cookies, and the world knows it. I wonder, though, why does the UN care enough about Liberia to send troops there, but not Iraq? I also wonder where the so-called "anti-war" protesters are these days? Could it be that these people -- the "international community" and the anti-war protesters -- are only against military actions that benefit the United States in some way? It certainly seems that way. In fact, I'll go so far as to say that any person who protested against the liberation of Iraq calling him- or herself "anti-war" is a hypocrite of the lowest kind if they don't get out and protest sending troops to Liberia as well. Any takers? I didn't think so.

Like Saddam Hussein, Charles Taylor has caused UN sanctions to be imposed on his country. In Liberia's case, however, the weak sanctions imposed on Liberia under UNSC Resolution #1343 were not for possessing enough weapons of mass destruction to kill every human on Earth three times over (see my 5 June 2003 article, Whining of Mass Distraction), but merely for gun-running, diamond smuggling, and supporting rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone. So why does the UN find these sanctions worthy of upholding with force, while deciding to ignore the 17 resolutions against Saddam Hussein? Perhaps Charles Taylor hasn't paid off enough members of the Security Council, having no oil field rights to offer them (the way Saddam bribed certain countries on the Security Council to oppose the United States).

Perhaps the United Nations is motivated purely by humanitarian concerns in this case. I'm forced to wonder why the million and a half Iraqis -- men, woman and children -- killed by Saddam over the last decade or so didn't motivate them in the same way. According to the Human Rights Watch 2003 report on Liberia "Tens of thousands of Liberians fled their homes, and hundreds if not thousands of civilians were killed, either deliberately or in crossfire." That IS a terrible humanitarian crisis... but why didn't A HUNDRED TIMES that number of crimes against humanity convince the United Nations to act against Iraq? Amnesty International reported in early 2003 that "Amnesty International has for decades documented the gross human rights violations systematically inflicted in Iraq, including arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, extrajudicial and judicial executions after unfair summary trials, "disappearances," and forcible expulsion on the basis of ethnicity." Did the UN just not care about Iraq?

I'm not against sending troops into Liberia. On the contrary, I think it's about time the world remembers that the United States has always been first to give aid and assistance of some kind to every country that's ever asked. As Colin Powell said in January 2003 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, "We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years... and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in."

Soon, American blood will likely be spilled on foreign soil once again, for the sole purpose of bringing the hope of a better future to the people of another country. It won't be the first time, and it certainly won't be the last. As Kofi Annan and the rest of the UN know full well, what other country is so willing to do what's necessary to help others?

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