TITLE

Bad Company

AUTHOR(S)
Morgan, Hudson
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;8/18/2003-8/25/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 7/8, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
On July 31, 2003, children emptied into the streets of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, for the first time in weeks as an initial team of West African peacekeepers drove through the city. Four days later, a contingent of 200 Nigerian peacekeepers--the first of 1,500 to be dispatched by Nigeria under the banner of the Economic Community of West African States--arrived to supervise a cease-fire in Liberia's civil war, facilitate the departure of Liberian leader Charles Taylor, and pave the way for a return to democracy. During the Nigerian-led interventions in Liberia in the early 1990s and Sierra Leone in the late 1990s, peacekeepers looted with impunity, trafficked in diamonds, sold arms to rebel militias, and committed wholesale human rights abuses. Despite deploying three U.S. Marine ships off the coast of Liberia, the President George W. Bush administration has refused to allow any officers to take joint leadership of the peacekeeping mission, a move that would make it far less likely that Nigerian officers raised in a ruthless military culture would be able to torture, murder, and steal from civilians. The Bush administration seems to think that, in Liberia, West African troops will act decently and effectively without the United States taking the lead.
ACCESSION #
10523663

 

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