Beating The War Drum: What Are We Depending On?

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Across the country, supporters of the ruling party are beating the drums of war. Physical attacks on members of the opposition have become the order of the day; and the recent attack against Telia Urey, an opposition candidate for the District 15 by-election, was not the first.

The acrimony that preceded the death of Representative Adolph Lawrence, in addition to the increasing economic hardship in the country, have given the opposition the political upper hand. Instead of strategizing a comeback, the ruling party is taking the violent route.

The international community will, as always, take the diplomatic route. Firstly and foremost, the U.S. Department of State, along with other missions in Monrovia, will begin to issue travel alerts ahead of protests and any foreseeable violence. The American Embassy in Monrovia will do its best to urge all parties to show restraint and to protect the hard-earned peace that Liberia has enjoyed over the last two decades. Other diplomatic missions in the country will follow suit.

Then instead of taking note of the warnings, the Liberian government and its surrogates will push back. The Americans are trying to frame Liberia in a poor light, they will say. ‘The Americans cannot meddle in our affairs and tell us what to do!’ They will add.

Ok.

We here at the Observer would like to sound the alarm – help Liberians open their eyes and see the writing on the wall so that when trouble comes, we cannot claim (as we did before) that it somehow caught us by surprise.

In every community, supporters of the ruling party are on unpaid, self-employed security watch against perceived opponents of the government. Every criticism, even objective ones, is perceived as opposition if not enmity.

What is most dangerous is that in some quarters, the debate is being framed along tribal lines. A conversation that started off as political and economic has turned tribal.

We want Liberians to be aware that just as we all – CDCians and opposition alike – are feeling the economic pinch at the markets, so will we all be running with loads on our heads should this country descend into civil conflict.

A repeat for the record: we will ALL be running with loads on our heads should this country descend into civil conflict.

Bullets have no idea as to who is Congo and who is indigenous; who is a CDCian and who is opposition.

As we are running with loads on our heads and the foreign press swarms in to capture the story, we will be calling upon whom? Ah yes. Those pesky, intrusive Americans – now we’ll call them our ‘traditional allies’ – to come to our aid. But wait. We said we didn’t want their advice, remember? We said their ‘interference’ was not welcome in our domestic affairs as a sovereign nation.

We behave like children. Short-sighted and stupid. What are we depending on as we are beating these drums of war? When you say you don’t want someone’s help, then have your sh*t together. But we behave as though the international community has an obligation to feed us. They do not. That is our job. Liberia’s stupidity is outstanding. Even our other African neighbors are moving forward.  And here we are still being breast fed by the international community at 172 years old.

You will forgive us. The current situation necessitates our candor.

Suppose, given the global nature of the economic woes we face, the international community is not able to come to our aid this time? Then what? Suppose Donald Trump decides he does not have the time to pamper “shithole countries”, as we’ve already been so eloquently described? Suppose the European Union has its own problems to deal with and is war weary and cash-strapped?

Suppose on the other hand, there are predators (whom we shall not name) just waiting for the opportunity to properly loot this nation of all of its diamonds, timber and other coveted natural resources while we kill each other on behalf of politicians with houses and children in the United States? Naturally, it would be in the predators’ best interest not to end the conflict but to prolong it. And as we know all too well, enough is never enough.

How can our executives be so sure that they will escape the barrel of the gun?

We here at the Observer would like to inform the government and people of Liberia that the tay-tay water nah dry.

It is time to walk on our own two feet. If we return to war, this time there may be absolutely no one to help us. Other countries, even our neighbors, have better use for their money in these globally trying times.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Weah takes pleasure trips to many of Liberia’s West African neighbors. So, in case any violence erupts, he would just signal one of his buddies in one of those countries, and they would come in his behest. Also, besides the neighboring countries, he could easily abscond to Jamaica — his wife’s home of origin. As the saying goes, “That’s what friends are for.”

    As for the Liberians, they would be left on their own as this has already been the case with the plight of the poor from one administration to another. This situation would be perfect for the president since he has already looted the country maximally and has secured a future for himself.

    Pertaining to endangering Telia’s life, the president stated that he wanted to dialogue with her. His request was very laughable in that any rational person can tell that the president is not serious about maintaining peace and stability in the country. How can he talk about peace and stability while conniving with his party’s thugs to murder an opposition party leader and mount efforts to wipe out all the gains that the country has achieved in its strive for democracy?

    In Weah’s mind, Liberia is always at its best when it is in a state of chaos. This is a sad paradox! However, chaos for him does create an ideal environment where he can exploit popular sentiments among his followers and persuade them to perform heartless acts.

    Is this the kind of leadership that the nation depends on? No. Liberians can do better.

  2. From the founding of Liberia up to now, this country has done everything possible to make itself the laughingstock in the whole of Africa. The immaturity and scarcity of wisdom in leadership amongst both the citizens and political leaders has been showcased shamelessly on the world stage again and again. When partisans of a ruling party begin to believe they own Liberia and such deeply flawed reasoning leads them to assault perceived competition, they are certainly courting disaster. They fail to learn that violence has a boomerang curve that
    swings out and returns with shocking and devastating consequences.

    I have come to the point where I no longer believe Liberia can possibly dig itself out of this deep pit it has foolishly dug itself into, since its founding. Countries endowed with kind, generous, wise and sefless leaders prosper
    and grow. Conversely, nations with unkind, greedy, foolish and small-minded leaders flounder in poverty and failure. Liberia is a classic example of what a country looks like when left to the devices and unrestricted abandon of seasoned crooks, sycophants, thieves and men devoid of any integrity. More charlatans and snake oil salesmen will arise promising deliverence but with no intention of delivering. A safe bet for me, as supported by a vast mound of evidence :Liberia is inherently and hopelessly bent towards failure, poverty and decay.

  3. Liberians are quick to forget their history. However, I doubt there would be another civil war because all our neighboring countries are at peace and they won’t allow their territory to be used for transshipping weapons, and training rebels, etc. With that said, there could be sufficient conflagration in the country with antagonists using crude weapons like machete, homemade guns to kill one another. That in itself is bad enough and who knows how the military will respond. They might just as well overthrow the government and we’d be right back to where we were years ago. It’s time for President Weah to stop this violence by his supporters.

  4. To: The gentleman who wishes to be Anonymous, Zlando and Phil:

    Ye gentlemen have hit a sensitive spot. The issue of war is unthinkable. We ought to pray and ask God for His Divine Intervention. None of you have said that a war is inevitable. My point is this….. Talking about a war is scary. Very, very scary!

    First of all, and depending on the statistics of the wealth of nations any of you have looked at, Liberia is listed as the third poorest country in Africa, the 7th poorest in the world and the 135th weakest military power on planet earth. In the simplest of terms, Liberia cannot wage a war against any country. Going to war with Sierra Leone or Guinea will be a complete annihilation of our 2,000 troops in a week’s time.

    So then, what becomes of the Liberian men in such a scenario? Our Liberian women will desert the men in droves. I mean massive droves. The men of Liberia will be taken to Bo, Sierra Leone or to Conakry as slaves, depending on the country we’ll be in conflict with. It’s an unlikely scenario I have described. But? But?

    Education:
    Liberian students did extremely well at the West African Exams for the first time last year. Liberia came in third in mathematics overall…. outpacing Ghana and Nigeria. Progress was made. So credit ought to be given to where credit is due. But at the same time, it’s been reported that a few number of Liberian students were recently chosen by an unnamed University President to go to Sierra Leone in order to pursue doctorate degrees. I am not anti Sierra Leone or any African country. But as old as Liberia is (172 years) you would think that our universities would be offering PHDs!

    The Bottom Line:
    Gentlemen and Ladies.
    I am optimistic about Liberia. I am presently in Liberia. I have spoken to and I continue to speak to a number of educated Liberians. It’ s possible for things to be turned around across the board.

    The legislative branch of government is an area of concern to some educated Liberians. While the rest of the country drags itself through the swamp for survival, the men and women who serve in the legislative branch of government are doing well. Usually, the opposition collaborating parties do not point fingers in that direction. That remains an enigma.

    At $15,000-US per month per senator, a 12-month salary turns out to be $180,000. Since there are thirty (30) Liberian senators, the grand total turns out to be $5,400.000. Remember, a similar income for the Representatives is not added in. In the US, an amount of $170, 000 to $175,000 is earned by a US senator. The US can afford to pay its lawmakers the above amount. But Liberia? Teachers and doctors are unhappy. They are underpaid.

    The opposition collaborating parties usually remind all of us about corruption in the Executive branch of government. Ironically, there’s not an out cry by the opposition collaborating parties to remind us about corruption over there.
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