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Sharpton wants African Americans to demand that Bush sends peacekeepers to Liberia.
Staten Island Live ^ | 21 July 2003 | trueblackman

Posted on 07/21/2003 12:41:58 PM PDT by Trueblackman

Sharpton: African Americans should help decide whether United States sends peacekeepers to Liberia

By EDWARD HARRIS The Associated Press 7/20/03 4:21 PM

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- Black Americans should help U.S. officials decide whether or not to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia, Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton said Sunday in Ghana -- where negotiators are working on a peace plan despite fresh fighting in the war-torn West African nation founded by freed American slaves.

U.S. President George W. Bush is considering whether to send troops to bolster a promised West African force that Liberians hope will end more than a decade of fighting in the country.

"The African American community can have a lot of impact on what position will come from the U.S. government based on where we want to go and recommend," said Sharpton, a civil rights leader who plans to run in the 2004 U.S. presidential elections.

Sharpton is leading a delegation of prominent black Americans, including Princeton African-American studies scholar Cornel West, to Ghana's capital, where Liberian peace talks are being held.

The group hopes to travel to Liberia to meet with embattled President Charles Taylor although the fighting has become increasingly fierce in recent days with a rebel push into the capital.

"The carnage must stop," Sharpton said.

Sharpton told The Associated Press after meeting with rebel and government delegates he had yet to decide whether he thought the United States should commit troops to the country.

"America should do whatever it can in conjunction with African leaders. What that should be, we'll make that determination after the talks," with other delegates and possibly Taylor, Sharpton said.

Bush has made Taylor's departure a precondition for sending troops. Taylor, a former warlord and indicted war criminal has accepted a Nigerian offer of sanctuary but said he would only leave when what he described as a "sufficient" number of peacekeepers were on the ground.

The west African regional bloc meditating peace efforts in Ghana has promised to send 1,500 peacekeeping troops in the coming weeks to monitor a June 17 cease-fire agreement between forces loyal to Taylor and rebels seeking his ouster.

The United States -- under international pressure to send forces to Liberia -- has indicated it won't make a decision until west African troops are on the ground and the situation can be better assessed.

Monrovia has become overrun with thousands of refugees who have fled three recent attacks on the city. Aid workers are warning of a humanitarian disaster as food stores dwindle and disease festers amid heavy fighting in parts of the city.

Sharpton said his delegation's mission is humanitarian in nature, but he would try and help ease along the peace negotiations that began on June 4 -- the day a U.N.-backed court in nearby Sierra Leone indicted Taylor on war crimes for his role in supporting a rebel group's terror campaign in that country.

Sharpton said he wouldn't choose sides in the conflict, which has raged since insurgents took up arms against Taylor in 1999, adding "wherever we can help the peace process, we will."

"The side that doesn't want to see the continual murders and pain and starvation in Liberia is the side that will ultimately win the trust of the people," Sharpton said.

Taylor, a former warlord elected president in 1997, launched Liberia's unrest in 1989 with his own insurgency.

Sharpton was also accompanied by the Rev. Al Sampson of Chicago; attorney Lewis Meyers; and Akbar Muhammad, Islam expert and Africana studies professor at New York's Binghamton University.


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Where was Sharpton's Fat@ass when 800,000 people in Rwanda were murdered under Clinton's Watch? Fat@ss sellout needs to be thrown on the scrap heap just like Jesse Jackson and Julian Bond.
1 posted on 07/21/2003 12:41:59 PM PDT by Trueblackman
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To: Trueblackman
Good point.

"Black Americans should help U.S. officials decide whether or not to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia, Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton said"

Why not ALL Americans?
2 posted on 07/21/2003 12:45:51 PM PDT by TheDon (Why do liberals always side with the enemies of the US?)
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3 posted on 07/21/2003 12:49:45 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Trueblackman
How about this, we promise to send troops if they promise NEVER to let Sharpton and the rest of them ever leave Liberia
4 posted on 07/21/2003 12:50:56 PM PDT by sticker
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To: Trueblackman
What do you expect,consistancy from Sharpton?LOL
5 posted on 07/21/2003 12:52:37 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Trueblackman
You go AL,hurry up.
6 posted on 07/21/2003 12:53:16 PM PDT by Unicorn
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To: Trueblackman
Then Sharpton should go to Liberia to ask Taylor to step down.
7 posted on 07/21/2003 12:53:21 PM PDT by Calpernia (Runs with scissors.....)
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To: Trueblackman
If he is trying to look Presidential, why doesn't he condemn Mbeki and Mugabe at the same time?
8 posted on 07/21/2003 12:53:54 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: Calpernia
Great idea!
9 posted on 07/21/2003 12:54:21 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Trueblackman
Well, gosh

If Al thinks it's such a great idea, then why isn't HE going over to Liberia to help out?

Lead by example and all of that!

Of course, Rev. Sharpton might be one of those people who doesn't want to risk catching a bullet himself, but is all gung-ho for OTHER people to stick their necks out!

Tia

10 posted on 07/21/2003 12:54:22 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno World!")
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To: Trueblackman
A telling line:

Sharpton said he wouldn't choose sides in the conflict

Then who the heck does he want us to stop? No, no, don't pick sides, then you might have to take a STAND for something and not be able to flip flop so easy.

11 posted on 07/21/2003 12:55:11 PM PDT by eyespysomething (Would someone please tell them to SHUT UP!)
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To: Trueblackman
What will happen when American Jews demand that we send troops into Gaza, or when Chinese Americans demand that we send troops to Taiwan, or when Arab Americans demand that we withdraw troops from the Middle East, or when XXXXXXX-Americans demand that we send/withdraw troops from XXXXXXX?

-PJ

12 posted on 07/21/2003 12:55:19 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: Trueblackman
BUT Rev. AL?!

Haven't you said that we shouldn't be in Iraq and complain that the US wants to pay for Iraqi job and schooling, that was wrong inn Al's eyes.

But send as many troop to Liberia regardless of the cost.

NO politics here.
13 posted on 07/21/2003 12:55:32 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: MEG33
Maybe Rev. Al thinks if he whines enough, somebody will set him up with his own African nation: Tawana
14 posted on 07/21/2003 12:55:39 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: Callahan
LOL
15 posted on 07/21/2003 12:56:44 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: Trueblackman
Liberia is a no-win situation for the US... Al needs to get with Jesse and round up some interested civilians and go merc.
16 posted on 07/21/2003 12:57:24 PM PDT by dfrussell
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To: Trueblackman
Al Sharpton 1995: We will not stand by ...and allow them to move this brother so that some white interloper can expand his business.
18 posted on 07/21/2003 1:02:02 PM PDT by syriacus (Dock the pay of politicians when they boycott.)
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To: Trueblackman
Article doesn't support the headline.
19 posted on 07/21/2003 1:03:11 PM PDT by Sloth ("I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" -- Jacobim Mugatu, 'Zoolander')
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To: Calpernia
"Then Sharpton should go to Liberia to ask Taylor to step down."

There you go, let Sharpton be president of Liberia.

20 posted on 07/21/2003 1:04:11 PM PDT by blam
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To: Trueblackman
I think Al Sharpton should toddle over there. They'll love him . . . creamed and on toast.
21 posted on 07/21/2003 1:05:49 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: Trueblackman
"Where was Sharpton's Fat@ass when 800,000 people in Rwanda were murdered under Clinton's Watch? Fat@ss sellout needs to be thrown on the scrap heap just like Jesse Jackson and Julian Bond."

They're also more than a bit silent on the ongoing Sudanese slave trade....

22 posted on 07/21/2003 1:06:36 PM PDT by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: MEG33
GIMMEE GIMMEE GIMMEE
23 posted on 07/21/2003 1:07:07 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Yeah, but their not Black. Just ask them, they'll tell you that their want's are more important then the other minorities or the majority for that matter.
24 posted on 07/21/2003 1:08:19 PM PDT by HELLRAISER II
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To: Trueblackman
Where are the UN Peacekeepers?

Where are the French Peacekeepers?

Where are the German Peacekeepers?

Where are the Belgian Peacekeepers?

Where are the Russian Peacekeepers?

Why aren't the UN/EU Socialist politicians so concerned with the loss of innocent life volunteering to send their troops, why the demand that only the US go in?
25 posted on 07/21/2003 1:17:38 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Trueblackman
candidate Al Sharpton said Sunday in Ghana

Ghana? What the hell is he doing there?

26 posted on 07/21/2003 1:22:57 PM PDT by yonif
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To: Trueblackman
Well, I couldn't say it any better then you just did .. *L*
28 posted on 07/21/2003 1:26:26 PM PDT by Mo1 (Please help Free Republic and Donate Now !!!)
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To: Trueblackman
If Al is so worried about it he should put out a call for "Brothers" to enlist in his private militia and go to Liberia with Sharpton (and a few others) in the lead.
After all, American freebooters were "invading" Nicaragua one hundred years ago so what keeps his fat a$$ from doing the same?
29 posted on 07/21/2003 1:29:22 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Trueblackman
Why not Uganda, or Sierra Leone, or Congo, or Zimbabwe, or Ivory Coast, or...???
30 posted on 07/21/2003 1:32:18 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Trueblackman
Black Americans should help U.S. officials decide whether or not to send peacekeeping troops to Liberia, Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton said ...

How about some sentences like these?

"Irish Americans should help U.S. officials decide whether or not to send peacekeeping troops to Northern Ireland," Democratic presidential candidate Patrick Leahy (or Ted Kennedy) said.

"Jewish Americans should help U.S. officials decide whether or not to send peacekeeping troops to the West Bank and Gaza," Democratic presidential candidate Joe Lieberman said.

31 posted on 07/21/2003 1:33:11 PM PDT by syriacus (Dock the pay of politicians when they boycott.)
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To: Trueblackman
And .. Sharpton just CANCELLED HIS TRIP TO LIBERIA ..??

But .. it's okay if our military go there and get shot at.
32 posted on 07/21/2003 1:36:54 PM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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African Americans should help decide whether United States sends peacekeepers to Liberia

Then he'll scream and yell that no WMD were found.

It's so funny. Liberals are now against sending troops to Iraq but for sending them to Liberia.

33 posted on 07/21/2003 1:43:08 PM PDT by tallhappy
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Slap the Donkey in ‘04
Al Sharpton (the presidential candidate, not the extraterrestrial) brought the audience to its feet by bellowing that he was the only presidential candidate to have done jail-time.

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34 posted on 07/21/2003 1:44:49 PM PDT by amused (Republicans for Sharpton!)
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To: Trueblackman
What's to prevent Sharpton and his buddies to go over there on their own?
He never heard of the Lincoln Brigade in WWII?
Why does he need to "demand" anything?

If he is honest and not just likes to hear himself talk, he could be over there in 6 hours.

I would sure respect him a lot more.
And I would be fascinated to see how long BS lasts in the real world. I give him 12 hours.

35 posted on 07/21/2003 1:54:42 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Californians are as dumm as a sack of rocks)
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"He never heard of the Lincoln Brigade in WWII?"

I thought that was the American communists in Spain. Of course communists and Al do seem to go together.
36 posted on 07/21/2003 2:07:56 PM PDT by sticker
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To: Trueblackman
I don't care what small numbers of people say or demand,THEY DON'T COUNT!
37 posted on 07/21/2003 2:58:35 PM PDT by INSENSITIVE GUY
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To: TheDon; Trueblackman; Political Junkie Too; All
Ask Al if he thinks only black Americans should be the ones to go over too.
38 posted on 07/21/2003 3:01:48 PM PDT by Mixer
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To: Aaron0617
Anyone see that caption on CNN?

"Liberians want to know why isn't the U.S. intervening"...HA HA HA

39 posted on 07/21/2003 3:09:59 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Trueblackman
The United States -- under international pressure to send forces to Liberia...

Oh yeah - those international cretins just LOVE the USA when they want something from us. Any other time, it's "Death to American infidels who are stealing our souls with their unholy magic!"

40 posted on 07/21/2003 3:19:58 PM PDT by FierceDraka ("I am not a number - I am a FREE MAN!")
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To: Trueblackman
If we were already going into Liberia, Sharpton would be complaining about 'US hegemony', or some such silly nonsense. It's all about getting Al's name in the papers.
41 posted on 07/21/2003 3:29:02 PM PDT by Riley
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To: Calpernia
Then Sharpton should go to Liberia to ask Taylor to step down.

Bump!

42 posted on 07/21/2003 3:38:52 PM PDT by JustPiper (Am I going or are you coming? Socialist Democratic = Commie!)
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To: Calpernia
No Al, this diversion and extortion will not stop your IRS investigation problemo!
45 posted on 07/21/2003 4:03:34 PM PDT by autoresponder (PETA TERRORISTS .wav file: BRUCE FRIEDRICH: http://tinyurl.com/hjhd)
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To: Callahan
Broadly?
47 posted on 07/21/2003 4:06:19 PM PDT by autoresponder (PETA TERRORISTS .wav file: BRUCE FRIEDRICH: http://tinyurl.com/hjhd)
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To: Trueblackman
What's this?

I had figured that after reading a short history on Liberia Sharpton would be marching for Liberian native reparations to pay for the Americo-Liberian apartheid.

I'm disapointed in my spiritual leader.

48 posted on 07/21/2003 4:14:15 PM PDT by Joseph_CutlerUSA (I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.)
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To: Publius6961
Lincoln brigade was actually the Spanish Civil War, but good post regardless.
49 posted on 07/21/2003 4:16:03 PM PDT by Joseph_CutlerUSA (I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.)
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To: buchanonite
"Do you think Al would be better or worse than Mugabe?"

I'd be a close race. They're both stupid and racist.

50 posted on 07/21/2003 4:21:08 PM PDT by blam
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