When an agency of the Liberian government showed up as one of Terry McAuliffe’s large campaign donors I couldn’t help but feel there was something terribly wrong. Foreign governments funding candidates in Virginia elections? If this were a federal election, such donations would be patently illegal. What hadn’t occurred to me was that this entity was involved in arms smuggling in Sierra Leone and the person who established it is a convicted war criminal now serving a 50 year sentence after being found guilty by a UN war crimes tribunal. For all the whining the mainstream media has engaged in about Star Scientific, it’s utter silence about McAuliffe accepting $120,000 from war criminals is absolutely staggering.
The Liberian International Ship & Corporation Registry is the entity that manages the ship registry for the Liberian government, which is a major source of that country’s revenue. It’s based in Virginia, but functions as an agent of the Liberian government. It was set up by then-President Charles Taylor in 2000 and revenues were directly and indirectly used as a slush fund to finance arms smuggling by Taylor into Sierra Leone where Taylor was financing rebels in a civil war that lasted until 2002. 50,000 people died as a result of Taylor’s band of child soldiers called the Revolutionary United Front raping and pillaging it’s way across this country as it tried to gain control of diamond mines. LISCR sent four payments of about one million dollars directly to entities that purchased small arms for the RUF in defiance of international sanctions. Taylor was convicted in The Hague for his role in this atrocity in the first international war tribunal since Nuremberg and is currently serving his fifty year sentence for war crimes in a United Nations detention facility.
I have to wonder just how Terry McAuliffe can justify accepting this money for his campaign. Does he not believe that international arms smuggling is a bad thing? Does he support child soldiers pillaging their way across African countries and seizing noncombatant women as sex slaves? Does he think the people who financed the misadventures of convicted war criminals are just poorly misunderstood businessmen who bring valuable jobs to economically disadvantaged areas, such as mortuary technicians?
For mainstream media outlets such as the Washington Post, which was running daily articles on their front page about Governor McDonnell accepting gifts from a Virginia dietary supplement company, have they any interest at all when a Democrat accepts even larger gifts from international arms smugglers responsible for perpetuating war crimes against innocent civilians? Are the thousands of maimed and disfigured victims of LISCR’s reprehensible conduct any less important than a businessman named Johnny Williams who is not suspected of breaking the law? Or is the Washington Post more concerned that the candidate they desperately want to prevail on November 5th is being funded by the same people who enabled the activities of convicted international war criminals?
Terry McAuliffe should never have thought to accept campaign contributions from agents of a foreign government, regardless of whether they’re involved in war crimes. That they are associated with war crimes just makes the case that Terry McAuliffe is for sale to any and all out there, no matter how utterly horrible they are, and regardless of what massive human tragedies they are responsible for.
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