Wednesday :: Jul 9, 2003

What's Really Behind Our Sudden Interest in Liberia?

by Steve

Many are questioning why an Administration so opposed to overseas ventures, unless they allegedly involve terrorism, is so eager to intervene in Liberia. When you peel back some of the history here, you will see that there is a terrorism connection regarding Liberia. But there is also a connection between Liberia and one of Bush’s closest political supporters.

Liberian president and chief thug Charles Taylor was allowed to take Liberia by force under the watchful nose of Bush’s dad in 1989. And you of course knew that Pat Robertson, yes that Pat Robertson, has been fronting for his buddy Charles for years now, since he has a business relationship with the Taylor regime. As columnist Colbert King of the Washington Post noted almost two years ago, Robertson and Taylor have formed a strange and mutually beneficial partnership:

What, pray tell, does the Good Lord make of Pat Robertson's gold-mining venture in Liberia with Charles Taylor, international pariah and one of the most ruthless, greedy and terror-producing heads of state in all of sub-Saharan Africa?

What? He didn't know?

Well it probably slipped Robertson's mind, busy as he is in getting people to send in those checks, money orders and love offerings to support his cause. How the reverend found time to hook up with Taylor, I'll never know. But in May 1999, Robertson, through Freedom Gold Limited, an offshore company registered in the Cayman Islands but based at CBN headquarters in Virginia Beach, signed an agreement with Taylor and key cabinet members allowing the for-profit Freedom Gold to explore and receive mining rights in southeastern Liberia, where gold is believed to be in the ground.

It's a great deal for Liberia, which is now an economic basket case thanks to the long civil war and Taylor's corruption. It's also good for Freedom Gold, which was formed by Robertson in 1998. Liberia -- and for all practical purposes we're talking Taylor -- gains 10 percent ownership of Freedom Gold.

As The Post's Douglas Farah reported in January, huge amounts of the country's funds have been siphoned off by a small group of Taylor's associates and relatives. Taylor "has his hand in everything and gets a cut of everything," a businessman told The Post. Other Liberians, probably Taylor's gang, are entitled to buy at least 15 percent of Freedom Gold's shares after the exploration period.

Why, Robertson even wrote a letter of protest to Colin Powell a year ago complaining that the US was supporting those who were trying to undermine his friend Charles.

May I respectfully inquire as a taxpayer of the United States and one with significant financial investment in Liberia why the State Department of the United States of America is determined to bring down the President of Liberia who was elected in 1997 as president in elections which the ICG reports that the United Nations, President Jimmy Carter, and all other neutral observers determined were substantially free and fair?

I doubt seriously that the United States Congress has authorized either the State Department or the Department of Defense to fund a disorganized militia backed by a corrupt dictator in an attempt to overthrow the president of a former client state of the United States.

And Mr. Taylor is appreciative of the fine support Robertson has shown him in the past.

In fact, there is a common connection between Pat Robertson and Osama Bin Laden: both of them have benefited from business associations with Charles Taylor. Al Qaeda has received assistance from Taylor in the marketing of diamonds to support Al Qaeda operations, and Robertson profits from Taylor due to the Freedom Gold mining operation. Robertson’s business buddy Taylor has a long-standing relationship with Al Qaeda, and harbored Al Qaeda operatives for several months after 9/11 in exchange for a $1 million fee.

Plus, you knew that Liberia had oil, but that was too easy.

So is it too far-fetched to say that Bush’s intervention here can not only topple a thug who helps bankroll Al Qaeda, but also allows his buddy Pat Robertson to rid himself of a problematic business partner? After all, no Charles Taylor, no need to pay him a cut anymore. And that means more money for Brother Pat.

And another oil supply to boot. And another country to convert into Christianity.

Why, that is more than the Trifecta right there. Life is grand.

Steve :: 4:57 PM :: Comments (5) :: Digg It!