Sunday, July 11, 2010

Massacre is a Crime all over the world, except in Liberia

250,000 people including 5 American citizens were killed for nothing in Liberia.

Those who planned and master minded the killings are in Liberia holding big positions in government.

There is enough evident to show that the current President of Liberia is one of the architects behind the entire Liberian war that killed so many innocent people.

Up to now, the US as well as the rest of the international community have not stopped supporting the current Liberian government. The US has not come out with a public statement to demand justice for the 250,000 plus 5 US citizens killed in Liberia.

Amidst all of this, while the situation of Liberia is down played, US President Barack Obama demands justice 15 years after the Srebrenica massacre.

Barack Obama described the Srebrenica massacre as "a stain on our collective conscience" as hundreds of victims of the 1995 atrocity were buried. But more than 15 years have passed since 250,000 or more innocent women and children were intentionally killed in Liberia. 

Bernard Goah

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More than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb troops.


Sunday, 11 July 2010
Barack Obama demands justice 15 years after Srebrenica

Barack Obama described the Srebrenica massacre as "a stain on our collective conscience" as hundreds of victims of the 1995 atrocity were buried.

In a statement read for him in the Bosnian town, the US president admitted the failure of the international community to protect the enclave, and said those responsible must be pursued.

More than 7,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb troops.

The massacre was the worst atrocity in Europe since the Second World War.

Hundreds of victims of the massacre were buried at a ceremony outside the town on Sunday.

The 775 coffins with the remains of newly identified victims from mass graves were laid to rest at the Potocari cemetery near Srebrenica.

European leaders and the presidents of all former Yugoslav republics who had gathered for the ceremony heard Mr Obama's words that "there can be no lasting peace without justice".

Mr Obama urged "the prosecution and arrest of those that carried out the genocide", and added: "This includes Ratko Mladic who presided over the killings and remains at large."

Serbian President Boris Tadic attended the ceremony, in what was seen as a significant gesture.

For years Belgrade denied the scale of the slaughter, but in March Serbia's parliament passed a landmark resolution apologising for the massacre.

It said Belgrade should have done more to prevent the tragedy.

Mr Tadic repeated his government's vow to track down the fugitive general.

Speaking on Sunday, he said: "As the president of Serbia I will not give up the search for remaining culprits, and by this I first of all mean for Ratko Mladic."

The former Bosnian Serb general has been in hiding for almost 15 years and is believed to be in Serbia.

Segregated townHe has been indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the grimmest episode in the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Srebrenica had been declared a UN safe zone, to which thousands of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) had fled during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.

But the Bosnian Serb army easily overran the lightly-armed Dutch force there in July 1995.

The massacre is the only episode of the conflict to have been deemed a genocide by the UN tribunal.

Thousands of people attended the ceremony at the Potocari cemetery - the biggest Srebrenica funeral so far.

New rows have been made for the burial of 775 victims, who will join nearly 4,000 already there.

Mourners mingled among the coffins, looking for the names of loved ones.

Bosnian Security Minister Sadik Ahmetovic told the crowd the international community should help bring fugitive Bosnian Serb wartime military commander Radko Mladic - "the man who brought us our suffering" - to justice.

Speaking at the commemoration, Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric called on European politicians to bring about the Bosnian Muslims' desire to have a "state in Europe that will protect us from the next genocide".

"Civilisation does not begin with the burial of a Bosniak. Civilisation begins with a birth of a Bosniak [not] afraid of the next genocide."

Hasan and Suhra Mahic, both in their 80s, were finally burying their sons Fuad and Suad.

"I would have preferred that all of us have been killed together, then we would not have had to live through this," Hasan told the AFP news agency.

Ramiza Gurdic was burying her son Mehrudin, alongside her husband and another son already in the cemetery.

"How can you forget, how can you forgive? I think about them every day. I go to bed with the pain and I wake up with the sadness."

But many Serbs in the region reject the established narrative of July 1995, the BBC's Mark Lowen in Srebrenica reports.

"The Serb people are portrayed in the media as committing genocide, but it isn't so," Mladen Grujicic, who works for a local association helping the families of Serb victims of the war, told the BBC.

"No Serbs contest that a crime happened in Srebrenica, but they're insulted when the numbers are manipulated," Mr Grujicic says, adding that Serb victims of the war have been forgotten.

Despite attempts to lay the past to rest, Srebrenica remains segregated 15 years after the tragic events, our correspondent says.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said the atrocity was "a crime that shamed Europe".

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Inside Liberia with Bernard Gbayee Goah

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Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah


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