NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN RECALLS LIBYAN LEADER’S COMPLICITY IN WEST AFRICAN WAR CRIMES

October 12, 2006

HARRISONBURG— In his weekly column for the World Defense Review, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, recalls Libyan leader Mu’ammar Qadhafi’s complicity in the war crimes for which former Liberian president Charles Ghankay Taylor and others are presently facing trial.

The article asks: “Charles Taylor now faces an international war crimes tribunal for being one of those who bore ‘the greatest responsibility for crimes against humanity’ in the Sierra Leonean conflict. Even if, for obvious reasons of realpolitik, Taylor’s Libyan patron cannot at the present time be tossed into the dock with him, shouldn’t Mu’ammar Qadhafi at least be named—and shamed—as the principal co-conspirator in the Liberian’s rampage of terror and destruction? Don’t we owe that much to the millions of shattered lives in West Africa as well as to our common humanity?”

Dr. Pham’s essay, “Still at Large: Qadhafi the War Criminal,” can be accessed online by clicking here.