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

I think we have gone through this detailed chronology and I would like to see as one of the outcomes a balanced view between what I think patent dependency of the burgeoning civil war in Sierra Leone from the National Patriotic Front of Liberia, Mr Taylor's organisation, and at the same time the authentic credentials by Mr Foday Sankoh fairly deeply rooted in the engrained history of Sierra Leone where they were, to go back to the argument which we just had or the discussion which we just had, about the objective conditions for rebellion. I would see both.

I would definitely subscribe to the idea that RUF appeared as maybe a subsidiary rather than a front organisation of Mr Taylor's movement, that is I think factually solidly established, and at the same time Mr Foday Sankoh had his very spiritual idea about what popular resistance was and some of that mixture led by the way to the specific form of terror in Sierra Leone and I would like to stress that there were other forms of terror in Liberia, shootings of civilians, people getting terrorised, but the specific idiom in which terror was expressed in Sierra Leone took the form of amputations, short sleeves, long sleeves, and so I see this as a mixture of outside interference and manipulation and the conditions on the ground for a popular uprising as being essentially the explanation for the uprising in Sierra Leone.

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