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

On second thought one would look at it in a little different light, but I'll put it this way, counsel: I have no regrets that we took that decision because I believe that the United States was right, we did save lives. But on the other hand it did prolong the military operations in Liberia beyond a particular point, because what happened is that ECOMOG launched a counter-offensive against us. So how do I answer you?

I am very glad that we saved lives because it was true that there would have been massive loss of lives, but regrettably there was almost on the other hand exactly what we were trying to prevent, unfortunately. So in direct answer I can't say now that I regret that decision because, on a whole, I think even more lives would have been more lost, the city would have been practically wiped out, and so I just have to - you know, to leave it at that.

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