Date: Tue, 21 Jun 1904 16:22:44 -0800
From: email@example.com (Chido Nwangwu)
NUAFRICA: Program of African Studies Mailing List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: LIBERIA: DEATH BY INSTALLMENT
Monrovia, in a manner of speaking, has become a jungle, a jungle made more dangerous by a certain death song, the rat-a-tat death songs and whiz-bangs of AK-47s and other instruments of violent extermination of human life. Inside and outside Monrovia, that certain death song has drowned out the voices of mothers who cry and shed tears of blood. It's a death song that dogs their every step as they carry their dead little, innocent babies like loaves of bread, looking for some quiet corner in the hell that Liberia has become to bury their kids, their sons and husbands.
Unfortunately, Liberia's despicable, brutal vultures who pose as
warlords, will not grant these women such dignity, even to the
dead! Those merchants of mayhem are possessed by some satanic fury
and hunger that is only calmed temporarily by mass mayhem and
The combatants in west Africa's war-torn Liberia seem possessed by
demons, unyielding demons that feed on the corpses of children, women,
teenagers and adults. For over seven years, at different times in that
country's post -1980s history, those gods of war have sucked in and
recruited thousands of Liberians and taken hundreds of thousands to
their early death. They have also made meaningless the lives of
millions of Liberians who have become refugees. Truth must be told
that Liberian politicians, soldiers and regular folk, in many ways,
personify those demons who have turned a once peaceful country into
their play-pen in their sordid quest over
who will govern the
Liberia. Through the logic of war, Liberia Africa's oldest
republic founded in 1847, and America's only colonial outpost in
Africa has been made ungovernable since December 1989. Since that
terrible Christmas, Liberia's deconstruction has been a death by
installment, hastened by a war without end, a war prolonged by armed
gangs of morons, village idiots and rag-tag armies of zombies and
goons in two-a-penny-uniforms and camouflage wears.
Liberians inside the country have descended into the swamp of
sub-human existence and devaluation of all human life. In some sense,
it's kill or be killed! Those merchants of mayhem are possessed by
some satanic fury and hunger that is only calmed temporarily by mass
mayhem and killing. Today, Liberians all over the U.S and abroad,
whose Houston chapter honored me with the status of an
Liberian cry and pray and work to end their pain. Unfortunately,
here in Houston, they have two factions (or more). Such divisions
will not help in stopping the carnage that has made Liberia become, at
best, a ghost of a nation and worse, a geopolitical non-entity. You
ask, how did things come to this pass?
Why and how did this disaster befall Liberia? Without a doubt, special privileges which the monied, aristocratic, settler enslaved returnees from the U.S had acquired and maintained against the native population's land and representational interests is a key factor in Liberia's cycle of wars and crises.
On the other hand, there are those who argue that the poorly educated late dictator in the 80s, Samuel K. Doe, a native born, was carried away by his desire to right the wrongs of the past. His regime was very corrupt. He was inept, too.
Why are these points important?
First, to identify the role the colonial and post-colonial contradictions in Liberia have played in its ongoing destruction is analytic reasonable and valid.
Second, to continue to blame colonialism for the senseless slaughter of one's yesterday neighbor and defenseless children is totally unacceptable to me.
Third, what will President Bill Clinton do beyond pulling out U.S
personnel and interest? Someone asked me a few days ago, why is Bosnia
more important and manageable for the U.S than its only colonial
interest in Africa? First, I answered
Rush Limbaugh! Since
she's someone who engages me in reasonable discussions, she knew I
meant the politics of Rush Limbaugh, not just the man but his gravitas
as the Republican party's 500 pound-ideological gorrila who animates a
constellation of social and political forces on matters local and
November 1996 elections.
Third, I cited the
images of death and Farrah Aideed in
Somalia. It must be noted that many Nigerian and African soldiers
who were working to save Liberia have been killed.
Fourth, I said
Liberia's rubber is no longer a big deal for U.S
Fifth, I demanded
why should young U.S Marines die in any theater
of war where the local leaders have taken absolute leave of their
senses. The U.S has moral and economic interests in Liberia, but U.S
Marines should not become shooting targets for Liberia's
Johnson and other local, conscienceless, phillistinic predators in
I added should the U.S intervene, it must be with MAXIMUM, blinding
force. Why? No peace operation has worked in Liberia. The von
Clausewitz strategy of war, specifically requiring the inflicting of
such lethal, bending force on an enemy until he cries
tucks his tail between his leg should be brought into Liberia.
Howitzers, F-14 fighter planes and techno-machines command the
attention of the most foolhardy
General from America's
heartland Montana through Iraq's Baghdad to Burkina Faso in West
It's a really shameful the
Generals in Monrovia guys still do
not care for the future of the likes of little Acha Peabody. Acha, a
Houston resident, lives in North Houston with his hardworking,
dedicated Liberian parents, Eric and Elaine. Eric is a computer
systems specialist while Elaine is a member of the editorial board of
USAfrica The Newspaper. She is also a teacher. I hope that someday,
Acha, who's been to my office when he was barely three years old will
someday before the end of the 20th century (yes, before the end of the
20th century), visit and play soccer in a peaceful, vibrant Liberia.
Otherwise, that young innocent fellow, like one million other Liberian
kids, will only have a sense of his heritage as an unpunctuated video
of wars, communal wickedness and a tapestry of abomination! Should we
let that happen to Acha, and other kids? No! Let's recall also that
it was on July 4, 1914 during his State of the Union speech that U.S
president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) said:
Liberty does not consist
in mere declarations of the rights of man. It consists in the
translation of those declarations into definite action. This time
definite action. What will you do to help end the
tyranny of a blood-thirsty demolition crew and bandits who have made
human life as expendable as a toothpick in the homeland of my friends
who made me an
honorary Liberian? Stay blessed.