Proverbially said and interpreted in one of the 16 dialects spoken in Liberia not to have the adult eat all of the meal with the presence of a hungry child, only to simply rub the oil on his lips to create the false impression that that latter equally joined the process, this country has its own unique culture that must be respected without which others too will be condemned.
Not the first, second, third or many more individuals and institutions to express grave concern about the judgment rendered by the War Crimes Court in The Hague, The Netherlands against former Liberia’s President Charles Ghankay Taylor, who is expected to be detained today --- did they say England? I must clearly state as a conscientious journalist that I have absolutely nothing to do with the court’s ruling that has rendered him guilty for aiding and abetting in the commission of war crimes in the Republic of Sierra Leone, although still highly questionable.
For Heaven’s sake and in spite been unappreciated about any law in what many may perceive as not having formalized those learnings at legally-established institutions, one may simply guess, but indeed an unacknowledged legislator as a professional journalist, whether accepted or not, why would any court in the world want to sentence a white-bearded man to 80 years imprisonment? Does this not constitute death as construed in the study of human rights, or should these written books, some purely imaginative and not based on facts, be considered toilet papers in regions seriously craving for civilization as way to combating poverty, disease and hunger?
I say this out of the fact that all nations of the world uphold their cultural, traditional values and practices, most of which are hinged upon their belief in the Omnipotent Father --- God.
Bringing many to the point of accepting Moses Law, Eye for an Eye, without regard to race, creed or color, the action may only become promotional of the Shariah Law which institutions around the world continue to reject, based on religious beliefs.
Besides, in the world we live as human persons, created only by God, conspiratorial acts continue to turn very good individuals into very wicked beings as an outcome of decisions made in matters requiring only His intervention.
Over three decades ago, the nation was sent into silence by the brutal murder of President William Richard Tolbert, Jr. out of unsubstantiated allegations, an act that was conspiratorial. Whatever obtained following such demonic act, with the hope that life could become better for all without knowing the social, economic, political, cultural and religious mechanics remain an unsolvable problem, unless one is prepared to thoroughly undergo studies into the genealogy of those murdered through kangaroo method.
Not in the least participant of the past Liberian civil crisis other than performing my professional responsibilities as a journalist up to date and similarly coming under death threats on many occasions by institutionalized death merchants that are pervasive in society, no wonder why most members of the population continue to remain in high forests without roads to enjoy Java, Neanderthal or Cro-Magnon lives.
This is so because some individuals feel they possess six or seven senses, while the ordinary being created by God possesses five. Whatever this may mean to the ordinary mind, the message here is that the "life sentence" given Mr. Taylor is unfair and the time is now that all true human rights institutions around the world must awake to the reality, since what is good for John should also be good for Peter, something that may soon destroy the democratic culture with each going their own ways.
Imagine the extent of harm caused the Liberian nation over the very short period, with borrowed cultures continuously imposed upon its people simply for aid. Are people telling me that the Liberian people should leave their original Poro or Sande societies to please who? This columnist may not know all about the various cultures in Africa but one thing is sure, you come here and play with the Liberian people’s culture because of money, you better begin finding your level. Can a "sinner" and "member" eat from the same plate? No way! Go to Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Grand Gedeh, Gbarpolu, Bomi and other areas and you will have an everlasting experience. This is exactly what had messed the nation up over the years.
There may be more to the Charles Taylor story, considered an unheard version, but can you sneak it out now? No way! Poor orphan; these are the little things that matter when we all get to Heaven or Hell.