How did a conservative charismatic TV evangelist end up dealing in blood diamonds, and aiding and abetting a notorious killer?
“According to a 2 June 1999 article in The Virginian-Pilot, Taylor had extensive business dealings with American televangelist Pat Robertson during the civil war. He gave Robertson the rights to mine for diamonds in Liberia. According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported this incident in 1994 to the Commonwealth of Virginia for investigation, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to his new mines in Liberia. At the same time, Robertson was telling his 700 Club viewers that the planes were sending relief supplies to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda. The subsequent investigation by the Commonwealth of Virginia concluded that Robertson diverted his ministry’s donations to the Liberian diamond-mining operation. Attorney General of Virginia Mark Earley blocked any prosecution against Robertson, as the relief supplies were also sent.
The International Criminal Court convicted Taylor of 11 charges including terrorism, rape, murder and the use of child soldiers by rebel groups in neighbouring Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war, in which some 50,000 people died. The former Liberian leader was found to have supplied weapons to the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in exchange for so-called blood diamonds. (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-32055482)
The rebels were notorious for hacking off the limbs of civilians to terrorise the population.
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Apr 27, 2012 by Joseph L. Conn in Wall of Separation