Monday, March 08, 2004

The chief prosecutor for the UN special court for Sierra Leone made some diplomatically sensitive and totally accurate comments today. David Crane today reminded the world that Libyan strongman Muammar Gadaffi developed and implemented a detailed plan to destabilize the entire West African region and implant new leaders beholden to him.

The plan effectively destroyed the countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia, spilt over into Cote d’Ivoire which was engulfed by civil war and at one time threatened to consume Guinea as well. The lives of tens of millions of West Africans were ruined by the machinations of Gadaffi and his henchmen like the former Liberian dictator (and indicted war criminal) Charles Taylor.

"We know that, specifically up until last year, that there was a 10-year plan to take down Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, then move to Guinea and then elsewhere as the situation developed," Crane said. “The 10-year plan was to put in surrogates who were beholden to Muammar Gaddafi,"

The prosecutor did not rule out the possibility that Gadaffi himself might be indicted by the court.

These comments come as absolutely no surprise to followers of West Africa. The Libyan leader’s hand in West Africa’s tragedies has been an open secret for years. But it certainly causes discomfort to the Americo-British efforts to rehabilitate Gadaffi, particularly since Britain and the US have been the strongest backers of the Sierra Leone court.

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