After re-working on “Is This the Charles Ghankay Taylor of Liberia?” and publishing it last Wednesday, I went home and lay on my bed prone. Soon, I was arrested; neither by officers of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of Liberia nor by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, but by that natural, invisible arresting officer we call sleep.
Following The Issue
Columnist’s Note: This article, which has been modified a bit, was first published in 2006, but, in view of Charles Taylor’s conviction vis-à-vis other ex-warlords’ scot-freeness, it is being republished today.
Glaring Double Standards in the Dispensation of Justice
The Issues Desk wishes to look at the prosecution of former President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone and the guilty verdict handed down vis-à-vis the deaf ear paid to and the we-don’t-care-about-justice-for-Liberian attitude shown toward the consistent and genuine calls for the international community to initiate a similar trial for those bearing greater responsibilities in the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Liberian Civil War.
Columnist’s Note: This article was first published on the LiberianForum.Com website in March of 2006 when former President Charles Ghankay Taylor was arrested in Nigeria and turned over to the UN Special Court on Sierra Leone. The historic nature of the closure of his trial has prompted the republication of the piece, with a few changes.
Most pastors, preachers, Biblical scholars, theologians, as well as almost all Christians, contend that polygamy – or rather, polygyny – the practice of one man having more than one wife – is un-Christian, sinful and unscriptural. They argue that a Christian is not allowed to have more than one wife for, to do so, they argue, is to go against one of the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.
Listening to radio a few months ago, I heard two different preachers delivering their sermons argue that in order for God to perform miracles or work in a person’s life in a special way, that person must always first exercise faith.
In part one, as you will recall, I laid the basis and the modus operandi of the series. I also defined five fundamental terms – statement, fact, opinion, reasoning and fallacy – in addition to providing specific examples to clarify them. I then went on to introduce and discuss, as a starting point, the first logical fallacy – evading the truth or side-lining the issue. In the first part, also, I presented an example of evading the truth, along with an analysis indicating why it is considered a logical fallacy.
The Issues Desk wishes to look at the multiplicity of political parties and presidential and legislative candidates in the 2011 general elections vis-à-vis their conspicuous absence from, silence on or disappearance from the political and we-will-help-the-people stage since the elections ended last year.
Well, in Liberia, so many interesting episodes have unfolded in the world of politics and democracy, causing the Issues Desk to pause and reflect. And this reflection has to do with the nature of the presidents Liberia and its people have had over the years, or at least in the not-too-distant past.
Although a great deal of our kinsmen is going through a difficult economic war, Liberians are enjoying peace. The situation is different from what it was between 1990 and 2003. There are more Liberians returning home than fleeing the country.