- Published on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 23:49
- Written by THE NEWS
In Spite Of all the troubles and bitter exchanges we have had as Liberians since the end of war in 2003, we’ve been able to maintain an atmosphere of tranquility, peace and stability. Ten years after the war, Liberians are despondent and completely disillusioned with the current regime, but regardless the condition they face, our people have reaffirmed their commitment never to take up arms or use violence against the government no matter how appalling situation may seem to be.
This Year Marks the tenth anniversary of the restoration of peace since the UN peacekeepers landed and restored calm which every Liberian now appreciates. About this time in 2003, Liberia was considered one of the most dangerous or unsafe places in the world. Military onslaught on Monrovia by LURD and MODEL undermined Taylor’s legitimacy on the grip of power. And a criminal indictment against the former Liberian strongman coupled with calls from former US President George Bush further dwindled his authority to stir the affairs of state. In the face of that, the two rebel groups were indiscriminately pounding civilian targets with mortal fires. As a consequence of the killings by LURD, MODEL and Taylor forces [shown on international television], prompted calls for a conference to end the mayhem.
During The Crisis, infamously known as World War I, II and III, most residents sought refuge at the famous Greystone Compound, now the new home of the United States Embassy in Monrovia. At the time, residents of Monrovia believed that Greystone was a safe haven; however, it turned out to be untrue, especially when mortal attacks were pounded on civilians at Greystone and other areas without regards for human lives. The bodies of innocent Liberians killed by mortal fires were put on display in front of the US Embassy, prompting calls to end the carnage.
Subsequently, An International conference held in Accra, Ghana, amongst warring parties and stakeholders which was sponsored by the global community sealed a peace deal that necessitated the coming of the transitional government to lead Liberia to democratic rule. Ten years after the silence of the guns in 2003 and the departure of Charles Taylor into exile, Liberians now appreciate that a peaceful and democratic state is far better than a nation governed by hoodlums who disregard human values and democratic principles.
Ten Years After the war, Liberia is politically a better place today than it was between 1998 and 2003. Our people are pleased with the peaceful environment they now enjoy, but regrettably, they are exasperated that the current administration is unable to economically address serious issues of poverty and unemployment, although it is the only government in the history of the country to have overwhelming financial and logistical supports from the international community. Yet, the Johnson-Sirleaf government is finding it increasingly difficult to address the socioeconomic problems of the people.
The Taylor Regime was considered as tyrannical and despotic, thus reducing Liberia to a rogue and failed state; it did not receive financial assistance or aid from the international community like the Sirleaf government. In fact, Mr. Taylor operated a budget of approximately US$48 million, but the Liberian people were at least comfortable, although they were never happy with his belligerence.
As A Matter reality, we would be unreasonable, biased and unprofessional to suggest or say definitively that the Johnson-Sirleaf government has done nothing for the Liberian people since it came to power in 2006. Indeed, there are some positive things done by this government in terms of infrastructural development; some of which will not be appreciated today by the people.
As We Look back, we appreciate The Most High GOD first and foremost for His intervention. Perhaps, without Him, peace would have been elusive and the conflict would have continued. Additionally, we applaud the international community, especially the UN peacekeepers, for their commitment in restoring stability and engaging in rebuilding postwar activities that clearly indicate that Liberia has stabilized.
The Current Situation may not be the best, however, it presents the opportunity for Liberians to hang on and improve the current peace by ensuring that militant or rebellious activities are no longer part of the gains that have been made ten years after.
We Would Be foolish and totally ungrateful to ignore the role played by the international community, AU and ECOWAS in helping to restore peace in our country. Their contributions will remain on the pages of our history books. The Liberian people are ever grateful to the government and people of Ghana for their magnanimity and hospitality in opening their doors to Liberians. They went beyond by hosting a peace conference that gave birth to the peace we are enjoying today.
Notwithstanding, We Humbly recognize the role and support provided by the United States of America which cannot be quantified in dollars or cents. Even now, the US government remains a major partner in helping to nurture our democracy.
As We Reflect ten years back, we call on Liberians to appreciate the current situation and improve upon it; although it may not be good as expected economically, however, today, Liberians are able to speak out, criticize the government or the President the way they fell without being harassed. Regardless of what our people are going through or how bitter they feel about this government, we encourage all Liberians to remain steadfast in upholding the peace and never allow their bitterness to lead them in arms against a democratically elected government.