The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

When you look at the whole thing I'm not sure, but this whole process - this whole process that brought me here brings this out. What prompted this is the frustration - the frustration over the years. And, you know, we were really misleading ourselves in so many ways. This is almost like when a piranha smells blood. The United States had taken a decision for regime change in Liberia and nothing was going to stop it. We were busy trying to control the process, but the decision had been taken.

I think to a great extent we were our own worst enemies. By "we" I mean the government. Throughout the history of Liberia the United States had never seen a process coming out of Liberia where they were really confronted and the United States was not used to Liberian governments before mine telling them yes or no. It was, "Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir." And I guess to a great extent they were stunned. And so the decision was taken.

Let's not forget the war that LURD - my government was a democratically elected government. My government was under attack. What would you do as a friend? You help the democratically elected government. No, you help the rebels. So I guess they were confounded by the fact that there was someone in Liberia that was able to say yes or no, or saying things like we will do what's in the best interests. They were not used to it. I mean, what, a little poor African country like Liberia, can't pay it's payroll, would be saying yes or no and talking on terms. They were just not used to that. And so we were frustrated and we just outlined some of - some of these things we are going through really are for historical purposes. The die was cast, we were going to be destroyed anyway and it happened eventually. I'm here. But the pages of history are all that are reflected here. These are not things that are because I'm arrested and was saying - these were things that were on the ground obtaining at the time.

So I mean it's just our frustration and trying to detail the record for the pages of history to reveal what was going on at the time. It's good to know that a vast majority of - I would say up to maybe 80 per cent of Liberians that travel abroad for higher education all go to the United States. I personally am a third generation American family. My grandmother migrated from Georgia to Liberia in the late 1890s, so I'm a third generation freed slave that came to Liberia. I'm a third generation family myself. So maybe all that desire that maybe some of our forefathers fought for to fight slavery in America, maybe if some of that was not a part of me maybe I would have had success, but I'm not a coward. And so we were able to state the fact constitutionally I had to have election. I didn't have a choice. And because I - whether I won or lost, I had to have election because the constitution said so.

So, counsel, it's just the years of frustration and trying to set the record straight we decided to do. And these are not all of the publications. I don't have all of them because some of them are still in Monrovia, but that's just the story.

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