The West Is Partly Responsible for the Ebola Crisis In Africa

The U.S. Backed the Dictators Whose Rampant War Crimes Destroyed their Healthcare System

Everyone’s seen the stories …

Ebola has become an epidemic in Liberia and Sierra Leone because those West African countries don’t have the resources to cope with the disaster. This is largely true because both countries have been torn apart by war.

Wikipedia notes regarding Liberia … the epicenter of the Ebola crisis:

Under Taylor’s leadership, Liberia became internationally known as a pariah state due to the use of blood diamonds and illegal timber exports to fund the Revolutionary United Front in the Sierra Leone Civil War.

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The Liberian economy began a steady decline due to economic mismanagement following the 1980 coup. This decline was accelerated by the outbreak of civil war in 1989; GDP was reduced by an estimated 90% between 1989 and 1995, one of the fastest declines in history.

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Civil war strife ended in 2003 after destroying approximately 95% of the country’s healthcare facilities. In 2009, government expenditure on health care per capita was US$22, accounting for 10.6% of total GDP. In 2008, Liberia had only 1 doctor and 27 nurses per 100,000 people.

As to Sierra Leone, Wikipedia points out:

Government corruption and mismanagement of the country’s natural resources contributed to the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 to 2002), which over more than a decade devastated the country. It left more than 50,000 people dead, much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed, and over two million people displaced as refugees in neighbouring countries.


But what most Westerners don’t know is that our governments are partly responsible for the war that ravaged those countries’ healthcare infrastructure.

Liberia

The Boston Globe reported in 2009:

Former Liberian president and accused war criminal Charles G. Taylor said today that his infamous prison break from the Plymouth County Correctional Facility in 1985 was aided by the US government …

Agence France-Presse noted in 2008:

A former Liberian warlord allied to Charles Taylor has told the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) that the United States released the strongman from jail in 1985 to engineer the overthrow of president Samuel Doe.

[Prince Johnson, now a Liberian senator] has already made allegations about Washington’s dubious role in the 1989 to 1997 war ….

Taylor and Johnson were allies in the early 1980s, but they later fell out, with Johnson forming a rival organisation to Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL).

So both dictator Taylor – and his rival, a current Liberian Senator – testified that the U.S. broke Taylor out of jail.

In addition, the Boston Globe reported in 2012 that U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents confirmed that Taylor had CIA ties. Editors later largely retracted the story. However, other sources allegedly confirm it.

Sierra Leone

Taylor was instrumental in destroying Sierra Leone, as well …

As the Daily Mail wrote last year, Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his war crimes, crimes against humanity and terrorism in Sierra Leone:

The former president of Liberia was convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers.

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The court’s ruling came more than a decade after Taylor helped rebels go on a murderous rampage across war-torn Sierra Leone, raping, murdering and mutilating tens of thousands of innocent victims.

Taylor had aided and abetted crimes committed by Revolutionary United Front and Armed Forces Revolutionary Council rebels, while knowing well the kinds of crimes they were committing.

Presiding Judge George Gelaga King said: ‘Their primary purpose was to spread terror. Brutal violence was purposefully unleashed against civilians with the purpose of making them afraid, afraid that there would be more violence if they continued to resist.’

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The court found Taylor provided crucial aid to rebels in Sierra Leone during that country’s 11-year civil war, which left an estimated 50,000 people dead before its conclusion in 2002.

Thousands more were left mutilated in a conflict that became known for its extreme cruelty, as rival rebel groups hacked off the limbs of their victims and carved their groups’ initials into opponents.

The rebels developed gruesome terms for the mutilations, offering victims the choice of ‘long sleeves’ or ‘short sleeves’ – having their hands hacked off or their arms sliced off above the elbow.

And it’s not just Taylor …

The Chicago Tribune reported in 2002:

The story of the American involvement in Sierra Leone is coming out in bits and pieces, but we can already see that the Clinton administration’s unrepentant policy there has been to empower one of the cruelest torturers and mass murderers of our times. And the story is far from over.

Let us focus first only on events in the spring of 1999: Foday Sankoh, whose savage Revolutionary United Front movement had massacred thousands and cut off the limbs of thousands more, had been arrested by Nigerian peacekeeping troops. Finally, he was in the hands of the at least nominally decent government in Sierra Leone. The long-suffering Sierra Leoneans, whose country had been a moderately prosperous former British colony, prayed that the worst was over.

But instead of insisting upon justice, President Clinton placed a now-famous phone call to Sankoh and persuaded him to enter a “peace accord.” The psychopathic Sankoh was told kindly by the American president that he could soon run for president! In the meantime, he would share power in the government and, supposedly, disarm his savage and often drugged teenaged troops, many of whom were ushered into the movement by being forced to kill their parents.

There was more to come. While taking Sankoh out of jail, where he was to be executed, the U.S. administration also refused to seriously support the UN-sponsored Nigerian troops because they had engaged in some minor “human-rights abuses.” The administration further refused to allow mercenaries, like the South African Executive Outcomes, to defeat Sankoh’s movement.

Thus, the only two groups that had the effective power to settle the situation were held back by this odd Clintonesque purism, while a homicidal killer went free. Once loosed again upon his people, Sankoh broke all of his promises –and what even reasonably rational person could not have predicted that? He called his latest convulsion of killing and maiming “Operation No Living Thing.” But now he is under arrest again–and the Clinton people have still another chance!

So the president sent the Rev. Jesse Jackson to West Africa to “mediate.” Before he left for Sierra Leone, he compared Foday Sankoh’s murderous RUF to Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress in South Africa, which fought for and gained equality for all South Africans. Sankoh, Jackson said sagely, could play a “positive role.”

Jackson traveled first to Liberia, which neighbors Sierra Leone, to meet with his “friend,” the other unspeakable dictator of West Africa, Charles Taylor. Once there, Jackson praised Taylor, who is responsible both for the terrible bloodletting in his own country as well as in Sierra Leone, as someone who could play a “very positive role” (please note that his role is slightly upgraded from Sankoh’s)

Guinea

The brutality and war brought by Charles Taylor also spilled over into Guinea … the third West African country hit with Ebola. Indeed:

Combatants from Sierra Leone and Liberia inevitably attacked border communities in neighboring Guinea in 1999-2000, pushing the violence into that otherwise peaceful country.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees also flooded into Guinea to escape the wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone:

Guinea remains the primary asylum country for West Africa’s refugees. Refugee influxes during the 1990s were so overwhelming that, for several years, Guinea hosted the largest refugee population on the continent. Some 120,000 Liberian and up to 50,000 Sierra Leonean refugees continued to reside in Guinea as of July 2003.

And the destruction of infrastructure in Sierra Leone means that people with Ebola are crossing the border into Guinea.

The big picture: All of the countries which the U.S. tinkers with descend into chaos.

Update: The West’s Neoliberal economic policies towards Africa didn’t help.

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  • colinjames71

    Partly? Or WHOLLY:

    http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/what-are-us-biowar-researchers-doing-in-the-ebola-zone/

    “This is a call for an immediate, thorough, and independent investigation of Tulane University researchers (see here and here) and their Fort Detrick associates in the US biowarfare research community, who have been operating in West Africa during the past several years.

    What exactly have they been doing?

    Exactly what diagnostic tests have they been performing on citizens of Sierra Leone?

    Why do we have reports that the government of Sierra Leone has recently told Tulane researchers to stop this testing?

    Have Tulane researchers and their associates attempted any experimental treatments (e.g., injecting monoclonal antibodies) using citizens of the region? If so, what adverse events have occurred?

    The research program, occurring in Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea, and Liberia—said to be the epicenter of the 2014 Ebola outbreak—has the announced purpose, among others, of detecting the future use of fever-viruses as bioweapons.

    Is this purely defensive research? Or as we have seen in the past, is this research being covertly used to develop offensive bioweapons?

    For the last several years, researchers from Tulane University have been active in the African areas where Ebola is said to have broken out in 2014.

    These researchers are working with other institutions, one of which is USAMRIID, the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, a well-known center for biowar research, located at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

    In Sierra Leone, the Tulane group has been researching new diagnostic tests for hemorrhagic fevers.”

    I’ve been reading a lot of conflicting reports on the virus, it’s ease or difficulty of contagion, the tests are notoriously inaccurate in false positives or false negatives, I’ve read that only 33% of supposed Ebola victims are being tested for Ebola at all (shades of swine flu swindle? Maybe), then you have the tekmira and zmapp vaccine trials issues, the whole Ebola patent thing (not as scandalous as hyped- just scandalous in the sense of that’s the standard practice), recent changes in law allowing round ups… all of those things deserving of their own articles and/or investigations. Thing is, this whole thing stinks. Not to mention all these hotspots happen to be areas of massive investment by China into future oil production, and where we send in troops, Cuba sends in doctors. Shady stuff going on, that’s the only thing I can say for sure.

  • B. Miles Teg

    One need only read this: http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/avian.flu/news.stories/afns.007.htm to get a sense of how the vaccine industry works with US, WHO and others to ensure that they take their rentier cut from illegally expropriating biodiversity (in contravention of the Convention on Biodiversity), giving it to St Judes and other places, that then hands it over to BigPharma to patent and then price gourge on countries that are in desperate need and even more desperately poor… But when poor countries complain, the North does not take it seriously… but Africa is the canary in the coal mine… no single pay health care system option in the US… just look at Africa… God Bless America because with crap like this, it needs it (that is politcal America not Americans, btw)…

  • jimmydominic

    good post, hadn’t heard this before

  • Jon Kamp

    Ebola in USA – I Agree with Judge Jeanie Pirro about what to do!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Gkzm7O0ew

    Help Do Something – Sign the Petition Now! And Spread the Word Not The Virus!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/have-faa-ban-all-incoming-and-outgoing-flights-ebola-stricken-countries-until-ebola-outbreak/FFJHH9yX

    The 1918 Flu Virus Pandemic infected over 500 million people across the world, including the USA, remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and killed 50 to 100 million of them, that’s a 10 to 20 percent death rate.

    A large factor in the worldwide occurrence of this flu was increased travel. Modern transportation systems made it easier for soldiers, sailors, and civilian travelers to spread the disease.

    Now we have the Ebola Virus….. With a 70 to 90 percent death rate.

    Help Do Something – Sign the Petition Now! And Spread the Word Not The Virus!

  • Rehmat

    Not “partly”, but fully responsible for the killer disease.

    Some readers may not know that former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, a Zionist Jew war criminal, had conceived the plan to apply food genocide to control world population. The plan’s agenda was; less people to consume world resources – more for the rich nations to exploit the sources of the under-developed countries in order to satisfy their greed. On December 10, 1974 the US National Security Council under Henry Kissinger prepared a classified study ‘National Security Study Memorandum 200, which falsely claimed that the worldwide population growth poses a great threat to the US national security interests.

    In March 2006, University of Texas evolutionary ecologist, Dr. Eric Pianka (Jewish) in his speech at the Texas Academy of Science advocated the need to exterminate 90% of world population through the air-borne Ebola virus.

    Jewish media, such as, the Jew York Times – and powerful Jewish dominated organizations, such as, the Bilderberg, the Club of Rome, etc. are all advocating mass depopulation of the so-called “Third World” nations.

    http://rehmat1.com/2014/10/02/ebola-a-zionist-depopulation-wmd/

  • Kenric L. Ashe

    Funny how 3,000 troops are reportedly being sent to only the areas where China is looking for oil.

    http://journal-neo.org/2014/10/02/and-now-ladies-an-gentlemen-obama-s-war-on-ebola/