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June 16, 2006

Britain vows to imprison the tyrants of Africa

Britain has agreed to imprison Charles Taylor, former president of Liberia, if he is found guilty of war crimes by the Hague, so says the Times.

As if we need more evidence of the inherent nationalism in the Times, it's saying that "critics" (for this read, the Times) will be up in arms about the "cost to the tax payer of £70,000 a year".

As the article breifly mentioned later on, Britain has spent £60 million in aid aimed at restoring order to Liberia, so £70,000 to ensure that a man who, if he's found guilty, had a large contribution to that mess during the civil war is not such a high price to pay. If he continues to be held in Sierra Leone, it can only be further destabalizing for West Africa.

I think it's refreshing to see such a gesture of commitment to international justice. We should be proud.

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