Tree of Eden

Sirleaf ‘surprised’ at ban call – BBC NEWS | Africa

Posted in Uncategorized by T.Salami on July 7, 2009

Read below for what I call the tragedy of the intellectuals: Excerpt:

Liberia’s truth commission has called for President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to be barred from office – a decision her spokesman says is “surprising”.

The commission was established four years ago with a mandate to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation” by investigating more than 20 years of civil conflict in the country.

In February the president appeared before the commission and admitted that she had believed Mr Taylor’s rebellion against military ruler Samuel Doe in the late 1980s was necessary.

The killing of Mr Doe in 1990 sparked more than a decade of violence between warring factions in which about 250,000 people were killed and the country left in ruins.

Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf apologised to the commission for supporting Mr Taylor – who later became president himself, before fleeing the country.

She said she had been “fooled” into supporting him, adding: “I feel it in my conscience. I feel it every day.”

The tragedy of the intellectual arise because  knowledge is power and with power comes responsibility. Unknowingly drunken on their power, ‘intellectuals’ often take on more than they can fathom by seeking to create an ideal world- whatever they think it is.

Later however, the results are shocking to the intellectuals who then learns they were naïvely intransigent in thinking they knew it all when they were the gods.

BBC NEWS | Africa | Sirleaf ‘surprised’ at ban call.

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