By Archie Williams
Our country, Liberia, has been an interesting piece of land on the African continent in terms of its notorious historicity where those that consciously committed the most heinous acts against the generality of the people through unorthodox means, have gotten away with impunity so easily just by the stroke and wave of a single hand. And more so, to sum it, we Liberians that were/are the actual victims are so gullible to an extent where anything of no consequence can easily bill, or kowtow us into submission. That is the reason why perpetrators of heinous crimes against humanity in Liberia usually get the better side and go scot-free.
If one could gauge the aforementioned by a parity; former President Charles Taylor would NEVER have been incarcerated if charges brought against him were bordered on acts committed exclusively in Liberia. Most surprisingly, most of us would’ve given so many justifications as to the reasons why he SHOULD NOT be held culpable; and those reasons would’ve even awe the devil itself.
This is Liberia right there for us!
So, I ardently listened to Mrs. Agnes Reeves Taylor’s explanation during her Press Conference in which she confidently espoused with intermittent stutters, her role in the “REVOLUTION” launched on December 24, 1989, by her husband, Charles Taylor under the banner of the NPFL.
Admittedly she covered wide-ranged issues that were more of a concern to her, as a person without a bothered with the totality of the destruction rained on the generality of the Liberian people by the NPFL of which she was a vicegerent and kitchen cabinet. Therefrom, I became highly disappointed in her general disposition.
However, my major takeaway gathered from her self-defense against the allegations labeled on her person by the Global Justice and Research Project named CIVITAS MAXIMA, which led to her incarceration in London, and subsequent release, is the aspect where she alluded to the effect that she, as a young mother at the time NEVER SANCTIONED either directly, or indirectly the rapings and killings of several individuals during the war as alleged.
In my estimation, that was the nicest outrageous statement anyone of her status could have made. It was better she let sleeping dogs to lie; as some things are better left unsaid.
Fortunately for her, within the realm of the same time in 1990 when their war of conquest was raging, her son or daughter as the case might have been, was a toddler who was opportune to be highly protected under the intensive care of a “REVOLUTIONARY MOTHER” armed with a PISTOL for protection.
But in contrast, and by extension the fighters in territories under the control of she and husband uncontrollably disemboweled several pregnant women through gambling in a bid to ascertain the fetus of the unborn children in the wombs of there would have been mothers.
Howbeit, whatever the situation portended at the time; thankfully TODAY, Mrs. Reeves -Taylor is so BLESSED to be alive with a cache Blanche opportunity to chest beat herself as a MOTHER, and grandmother who has over the years experienced the totality of that awesome feelings; whereat she enjoyed the essentials of motherhood, and its accompanied joy.
If the would have been mothers had the same unique opportunity to have carried a PISTOL which “no law forbade at the time” to serve as a deterrence for unexpected attackers; today, they would’ve been alive to similarly chest beat themselves also, and make claims proudly of being grandmothers.
But unfortunately, TODAY, those unfortunate women are no more; as the “freedom fighters” within the NPFL territorial confines of which Mrs. Taylor resided with a PISTOL also, were NEVER given the slightest basis to be alive so as to make similar claims because they and their unborn children were decimated to their early unidentified graves without an opportunity to have glanced at their children; least to mentioned a grandchild as Mrs. Taylor is opportune currently.
As a doting young mother and “FIRST LADY” of Greater Liberia there is NO EVIDENCE whatsoever that Mrs. Taylor instituted reprimand actions, or advocated for her husband on the behalf of the most vulnerable; the children, the mothers, and elderly. Her allusion to the effect that she was a “humanitarian” in their control enclave can not withstand any solid grounds; as it didn’t occur.
In the second part of this piece, I will be more elaborate with a series of factual newspaper clippings as reference(s)to justify and buttress my assertions.
Main Photo: Agnes Reeves Taylor