October 17, 2005

JUST ANOTHER UNILATERAL REGIME CHANGE:

The Other Election: This Month, All Eyes Turn to Liberia (HELENE COOPER, 10/17/05, NY Times)

Eight years ago, when voters in my native country of Liberia last went to the polls to elect the warlord Charles Taylor as president, the slogan was: "He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I'll vote for him anyway."

Last week, as voters in Liberia returned to the polls, the slogan for the front-runner had changed. "Did he kill your ma? No! Did he kill your pa? No! Vote for George Weah!"

We've come a long way, baby.

Everybody is paying attention right now to the Iraqi election. But Iraq isn't the only country currently struggling with a lot of very bad memories and a yearning to make democracy work. For me, the Liberian election is where it's at. [...]

It was a remarkably peaceful campaign. Liberians lined up at polling stations in churches, schools and huts, waiting in the hot equatorial sun for a chance to vote. To the apparent shock of all the election monitors sent by the United Nations and the Europeans and even the Americans - Jimmy Carter was there, of course - Liberians voted peacefully. Former President Carter even went so far as to compliment our "free and fair" elections: "It sets a good example for what can be done by other African countries."

The last time anybody looked to Liberia's example was back when the Sierra Leonean rebel fighters started copying our rebel fighters and wearing wedding gowns and blond wigs to battle.


Another important example it sets is that when the American Left joins in demanding regime change we can effect it pretty easily.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 17, 2005 8:35 AM
Comments

"Sierra Leonean rebel fighters started copying our rebel fighters and wearing wedding gowns and blond wigs to battle"

Well like Rumsfield said "As you know you go into War with the Army you have, They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

I wonder if our military has thought of this innovation

Posted by: h-man at October 17, 2005 10:32 AM
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