April 28, 2012

No Double Standard for Global Thugs

Rami Khouri, Daily Star

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How does society use legal means at its disposal to stop dictators from using their power to kill and terrorize civilians? Several simultaneous efforts around the world – related to Sierra Leone, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan and Iran – point to various available options, without a single proven one. This debate has been revived by the conviction this week of former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, for arming Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for “blood diamonds.”

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