What's On My Mind: When Diplomats Forget Diplomacy

By Theodore Hodge

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
September 30, 2014


Foreign Minister Ngafuan
It used to be said that, "Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way." Problem is, nobody ever sent that memo to Liberia's Chief Diplomat, Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan. He simply didn't get it. When given a chance to say the nicest thing he could about a terrible situation in our country, he opened his mouth and fouled up the environment; he said the most grossly offensive thing that could be said under the circumstances. Really, in my opinion, it had to take some nerves to say such a senseless and uncaring thing, but perhaps for him that was the most natural thing that occurred to him. I pity him for being such a bonehead when the situation called for diplomacy. But allow me to present the man in his own words, answering a question by CNN's Fareed Zakaria;

ZAKARIA: Minister Ngafuan, explain to us what is happening on the ground. You know, with the health care as the developing country, a poor country with a rudimentary health care system. What do you think could be changed to make this problem be addressed more effectively? 

AUGUSTINE NGAFUAN, LIBERIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER: Thank you, Fareed. We are a small country. We have had our own history of difficulties. For upwards of 14 years we were embroiled in one of the worst civil conflicts on the African continent that decimated our small population. Now, we are rebuilding. We are experiencing growth. Now, Ebola attacked us at a very time when we were taking off, and our health system was not robust as we wanted it because we had competing challenges, and the rule sector, the energy sector and every sector. So it met us at this time. Now, we are a traditional society. Our people have clung to cultures for the ages. In Ebola environment, burial practices that our people have clung to for ages, they cannot do that because in some of our environments when a person dies, the ritual will entail that they wash the body and some family members will have to wash their faces with the water of the dead. That's part of the practice. But our people have to start to now know that the challenge requires us changing the culture a little bit. 

Please read the question again, and re-read our Foreign Minister's response. Several questions come to mind: Did he really say that? Is he a real diplomat? Or you might ask, where did he study diplomacy? If your reaction is, 'this guy is a disgrace', I concur with you. He should be forced to resign and the reason should be: Guilty of stupidity. But we can't count on that from the band of idiots in Monrovia. (Please forgive me if I seem to be departing from my normal approach by applying undiplomatic terms. The situation here calls for bluntness and I'm not going to pretend to be diplomatic).

Liberia is not that huge a country. But one thing is evident, we are a country of diverse peoples, of diverse sub-cultures. I'm quite familiar with the Greboes, the Krus, the Krahs, the Kpelles, and to some degree, the Lormas. (Born and bred in Cape Palmas, a great deal of familiarity with Monrovia and parts adjacent, and four years of residency in Bong County). This practice has never been brought to my attention. As a matter of fact, I could go on record to say that none of the groups listed above practice such an appalling and abhorrent act. Washing your face in the water used to bathe the dead? This is certainly not a national custom. So who exactly does this? If some obscure or tiny group of people engage in such a primitive act, why would the Foreign Minister not be concerned about the message he's sending about the Liberian nation? Is it fair to have outsiders look at Liberia and draw conclusions about the people from such an isolated practice? Does it not matter that the so-called cultural tradition is not common to Liberians in general? (That is, if it even exists at all; I have serious doubts about the veracity of that statement).

But beside being a buffoon wearing a diplomat's hat, there is certainly an underlined method to the madness. What Mr. Ngafuan tried to do is what the entire administration has been doing since the Ebola crisis came to paralyze the nation. It will be recalled that the President and her Information Minister blamed the people of West Point by referring to them as outsiders. They were telling the world how impoverished and backward the people of West Point were and how the government knew what was best for the community as opposed to the people themselves. The Defense Minister joined the act when his ministry gave shoot-to-kill orders to their soldiers. All of a sudden, they were telling the world that the poor and impoverished people of the country were so backward, they had to be protected against themselves, even if it required the use of deadly force. The imposition of a national curfew grew from that sentiment. They militarized the fight against a medical emergency by justifying to the world that it was necessary to take these draconian measures. In other words, they were blaming the poor victims.

The Foreign Minister is now shamelessly taking a page out of the same play book. In a paraphrase, he's telling the world: 'We have a tough job to do here. We are dealing with savages of the most primitive type. These people are so backward, we need to protect them from destroying themselves'. That message has nothing to do with diplomacy but all about conning the international community into giving them money and resources to line their pockets as they have been doing. In other words, paint the worst possible picture you can and garner the sympathy of donors and then you can go laughing to the bank. This could be the most perverted strategy ever dreamt of, but we are dealing with perverted people here, as we've seen during these crises.

Again, go back to the interviewer's question. He tried to give the Foreign Minister a lead to talk about the state of healthcare in the country. But no, the Chief Diplomat has been instructed not to accept any blame. Admitting that the healthcare system is in a deplorable state would require accepting responsibility for the pervasive conditions; their intent is to deflect responsibility by blaming the weakest in society, the victims themselves. Now, what kind of perverted minds are these, you may ask? These are the kind of people that pass themselves off as our national leaders, unfortunately, they themselves are yokels and yahoos.

Had Ngafuan been a real diplomat he would have flinched before uttering those idiotic words. But a diplomat he is not. He had no idea what utter foolishness came out of his mouth; maybe his mouth was not coordinated with his brain and the gibberish simply came out uncontrollably.  He was simply formulating in his mind the next lie to tell to the next gullible donor. Their basic modus operandi happens to be: Tell the international community the most outrageous thing about these savages we have as subjects and gain their sympathy, then hit them up for a few dollars. Yes, Liberia is reduced to that under this pathetic administration made up of scoundrels.

Is this so-called Foreign Minister aware of the picture he's painting of Liberia? Does he have any idea what such an image does to innocent Liberians living in these foreign lands, or even at home? Does he know the impact his statement may have on the way others perceive Liberians? Are we to accept such humiliation just for him to be able to hustle a buck for the administration back home? Does it matter not to him that he's painting a fairly outrageous and incorrect image of Liberia and its citizens? Is it fair for Liberians abroad to have to defend themselves against such silliness? These are fair questions, I would hope. 

Here is what I propose: The people of Liberia should ask him to explain his response to this interviewer's question. Where in Liberia is such a practice customary? How widespread is it? What national sub-group practices this outrage against civilization? And while he's at it, maybe he could outline the administration's policy on healthcare over the last nine years, a question he intentionally avoided. Tell him we are tired of hearing the oft repeated excuse that Liberia is recovering from a civil war. The nation called Singapore transformed itself from a backward Third World country to one of the most advanced countries in the world. Amazingly, the transformation took twenty-five years. With all the international donor assistance gone to Liberia these last nine years, is it not time to show us some development instead of telling us we are still recovering from a civil war? Will they not be telling us the same thing twenty-five years from now?

Last comment: The Foreign Minister's response to CNN should make the Guinness World  Book of Record for the most outrageous statement ever made by a diplomat. But that's probably because he's not a real diplomat; he's nothing but a yahoo, very uncouth. And that's what's on my mind. 

Author: Theodore Hodge can be reached at: imthodge@gmail.com

Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
If the man´s boss, the President - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf could go on air and on prints and say such disgusting, grouse, un-presidential and immoral utterances as "PROSTITUTION IS NOT ILLEGAL IN LIBERIA" what should we expect from her foreign minister who, prior to been appointed as foreign minister, had never had any practice in foreign policy or diplomacy nor had he ever been schooled in such making of the diplomatic mind?

Again, it boils down to the disgusting selfishness of this woman Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - appointing her creatures or minions to such sacred positions only and simply to serve her personal interest as opposed to the national interest. Take for example her foolishness of putting two strategic ministries under a boy (Amara Konneh) who, prior to such appointment, never even served as an intern in such governmental portfolios!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 02:16PM, 2014/09/30.
Ziggy Morgan

You are so right, my brother. How did this man become chief diplomat without any training in the job? Do you one day wake up and become a diplomat? That is what they expect in Liberia... doesn't happen that way any where else. Strange system they got.
Ziggy Morgan at 02:24PM, 2014/09/30.
B. K. Washington
Thanks a million, Mr. Hodge, for this excellent article. I too saw the interview on CNN and reacted with the same outrage as you to Augustine Ngafua's response to a routine question from Zakaria. In fact, I called a colleague at once to report that the Foreign Minister of Liberia had just sold the entire Liberian nation down the river - along with the rest of Africa no less. I pointed out that even if the macabre practice Nganfua had mentioned on the air did occur in his own remote village, it had no place in such a forum.

I do believe that the huge embarrassment caused all Liberians by this public display of crass stupidity does warrant Ngafua's immediate resignation or dismissal. But he is by no means an isolated case; rather he epitomizes the bulk of Sirleaf government officials with little or no training and experience in their assigned fields. From day one of her administration an insecure Sirleaf chose to appoint a bunch of unqualified neophytes to various ministerial positions, evidently not concerned about the risks to the assets, credibility, and reputation of the nation.
B. K. Washington at 06:42PM, 2014/09/30.
Arthur Tamba
Mr. Hodge, why are you pretending to love Liberia at the expense of the Foriegn Minister's response to the question? You are one of those who write very ugly things about Liberia to the outside world. You have even told the whole world that the Liberian government Officials are all thiefs and that there should be no trust in them. You have all along painted this country black only because you don't like certain people in Government.

One thing I know is that, all of these people including us will leave one day but Liberia will still be for those yet unborn. So, no matter how much we hate our leaders, let us not hate ourselves by telling lies against ourselves.
Arthur Tamba at 05:47AM, 2014/10/01.
Pay Me Weah
Instead of keeping Dr. Fahnbulleh as Advisor on Security Affairs, he should be the Foreign Minister. But again, this president doesn't like to be surrounded by smart people, so she surrounds herself with people versed in stupidity so that she remains the only shining star. That's why she has that little boy, Konneh, as her finance Minister and Gafuahn, as foreign minister, both of whom have had no formal training in their individual fields.
Pay Me Weah at 06:29AM, 2014/10/01.
Ted Allison

There's a difference in what Mr. Hodge writes and says about the "government of Liberia" and what your so-called foreign minister said about the people of Liberia. If you can't distinguish the difference, I'm sorry for you, Mr. Arthur Tamba.

Just read the responses here and elsewhere. See how many people agree with Mr. Hodge and how many agree with Mr. Foreign Minister for the garbage he spewed on CNN. It seems you're the only one defending him. He should have the decency to resign, but I know he has no such decency in him.

Good day Mr. Tamba; the name gives you away.
Ted Allison at 11:18AM, 2014/10/01.
T.Nathaniel Tamba 111
Mr. Arthur Tamba, be logical. Article 15 A, B, C, D and E, of the Liberian Constitution requires, authorizes, and empowers, the Fourth Estate and EVERY PERSON the right to freedom of expression with no limitation on the public right to be informed about the government and its functionaries including the functions of this disgraceful and incompetent foreign minister Augustine Ngafuahn who has proven time and again to be ABSOLUTELY NOT A DIPLOMATIC MATERIAL!

Besides, read this excerpt from THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINE published exactly a year a on September 7, 2013 and then you will see how illogical your position is or how your blaming Mr. Hodge is baseless:

"Education in Liberia is a mess. At crossroads throughout the capital, police in dark-blue uniforms still habitually ask drivers for dollar bills. “The police force is riddled with corruption,” in the words of a new report by Human Rights Watch, a New York-based lobby. Three out of four Liberians say they paid a bribe to an official in the past year, according to another report. High-level graft scandals are common. Few people are prosecuted."


So you see, Mr. Arthur Tamba, with nearly the whole nation or country saying even more than what Mr. Hodge is saying, you will agree that Mr. Hodge´s actions are consistent with what the Liberian people are witnessing, and sanctioned by the Liberian Constitution, while your position or interest here is false, unfounded, and totally illogical and anti- constitutional!
T.Nathaniel Tamba 111 at 01:59PM, 2014/10/01.
Teah Jardia
It is the height of tomfoolery to blame Hodge for the diplomatic mess. Nagfuahn fumble badly and it is a shame. Tamba need to join the forces of good will calling for the resignation of Ellen Johnson-sirleaf instead of blaming Hodge. This woman is intentionally damaging our country under our complacent watch and pointless bickering against back drop of the reality on the ground.

Political science and accounting don't mix in theory nor practice...Nagfuahn's interview beg the answer to the proposition regarding these two concentrations. What leader in his right mind besides Ellen Johnson-sirleaf would have appointed a trained accountant to the foreign ministry. The appointment was a recipe for disaster and it happened.
I feel sorry for the young man for such a public disgrace but we as liberian ought to blame ourselves too... we are complacent and have the tendency to remain mute until something happens. I am sure Nagfuahn himself having realize he fumble badly is sick to the stomach. An allege master's degree holder in Accounting and financial management, he was certainly misplaced and completely loss diplomatically because he is not familiar with the language when 2+2 is not 4 therefore, he will do himself a favor by resigning now. Let him find teaching position at the University and teach accounting instead. The interview was a serious embarrassment for our country and it is sad.
In all fairness, An immediate resignation is the way out of the diplomatic quagmire or ruin himself the next time around.

In my opinion, formal deputy foreign minister, S. Sando Wayne, would have performed better if she had not fired him. He is brilliant and well trained politically to have redeem the country in such tumultuous time.
Teah Jardia at 05:23PM, 2014/10/02.
Sam Ajavon
What a shame! I am embarrassed by just listening to Ngafuahn in his nervous stupor as he rants and grasp for straws to answer a simple question. I blame you not Ngafuahn; but guess who's laughing - your boss and her closest confident laughing at this "country boy" make a mockery of "those savages his country people." I have no doubt that this was a talking point given to Ngafuahn by his boss - Ellen; and in his little mind of showing reverance to his godmother without whom he would not be where he is, decided to make a mockery of himself. This is the same Ngafuahn that was disgraced in Addis Ababa when he headed the Liberian delegation to the AU meeting last year and played right into Ellen's machination of belittlement when she (Ellen) designated the Finance Minister of Nigeria to deliver her (Ellen) speech at the meeting although the Foreign Minister of Liberia led the Liberian delegation to the meeting. In an embarassing and belittling way, Ngafuahn was removed from the seat reserved for the head of the Liberian delegation so that the Nigerian Minister would sit and deliver Ellen's remark. Ngafuahn sat at the back of the Minister from Nigeria although he was the head of the Liberian delegation as she delivered Ellen's remarks to the delegates. He (Ngafuahn) has made himself into an even bigger disgrace and a jester with such a flop! And who's laughing? - Ellen!!!!! Listen Ngafuahn, if you have nothing to say and you are asked a question, you can do either of these things: (1) you can redirect your answer stressing the gravity of the issue and be indirect; (2) you can piggy-back of what the other panelists have averred (and there were many lifelines to piggy-back off especially when Chelsea Clinton had defined the problem in her comments);(3) you could emphasize what your government is undertaking in this fight against Ebola; or (4) like Vernon Jordan, the lawyer and friend of Bill Clinton averred, when the lights are bright in your face and you are asked a question that doesnt mean you have to answer to what is asked - say nothing! I hope you learned a lesson today; in fact next time do your homework and have some informed talking points so that you have some gravitas as you sit with other dignitaries and represent our country on the international stage.
Sam Ajavon at 09:00PM, 2014/10/02.
rose roberts
Fast Forward: Did any of you observe the body language of C. Clinton and Zakaria when the Minister was answering the question. Even Ms.Clinton tried to redirect him but did not want to be seen as disrupting. She kept her cool. There was no was no major engagement by Zakaria after the Minister's monologue, running all over the place to answer the question.
This reminded me when i was a child,anytime I did something bad, my mother would say, "go report yourself to your pa". Small children talk.

What a big joke. My telephone rank off the hoke...He who knows better will do better. The "sales pitch" was flat and disgraceful. Not in my backyard.
rose roberts at 03:29AM, 2014/10/03.
Theo,good job again,I emailed you sometimes ago commending you of your articles.this last article reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend who had returned from liberia to his home in the US.I was telling my friend that I did not know many of our govt. officials in monrovia,my friend said to me,you will not know them because they are the worst of the country people from Doe'S time.Our foreign
minister has proven that so many times.Another friend who knows him said he is one of the Liberian who was knocking around in Philly
Kruboy at 12:02PM, 2014/10/03.
Thanks for a good article again.When I mention to my friend who had just returned from Liberia that I did not know most of our leaders in Govt,he said to me that most of them were the country men and women that were left over form the Doe's regime Now I see it everytime these official open their mouth to speak.I also heard he forgign minister was one of those so called educated Liberian knocking about and around in Philly.Theo,your articles are very informative,keep opening our eyes.(E)
kruboy at 12:25PM, 2014/10/03.
Therry S. Genesis
It is so disgusting when a person like Mr. Theodore Hodge would post demeaning and condescending comments about a genius like (Hon. Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan) who has scored a lot of achievements on all fronts of his career. Mr. Hodge, it is very clear that you lack a sense of history here. Do you know that it was Hon. Ngafuan who has resuscitated the a regular monthly Partnership Dialogues with countries near and even far of our capital to exude the of investment opportunities we need in Liberia and it is currently benefiting the countries? I mean more than US $ 17B investment climate, most of which was influenced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the stewardship of Minister Ngafuan. If you may know, Liberia is currently pursuing Economic Diplomacy and therefore, you need an individual who is versed in economics to appropriately help to implement this policy. Therefore, the President made to mistakes to have appointed Hon. Ngafuan to such a position to help assist the process given the avalanche of achievements he has made on this front. And you need to be informed that he is increasingly succeeding in his mandate. Lest I forget, how could you be so naïve and out of foolery to use just a minuscule comment from the Minister which I think doesn't have no bearing of falsehood to measure the overall performance of this genius, describing him as incompetent and inept? Your characterization of Hon. Ngafuan is flat, unfair and condemnable!

Having said that, I am so surprised that in your rubbish and flatfooted mess you referred to as an article attacking this very reputable character like Ngafuan whose work stands tall and outstanding in the annul of history, did not recount many of the positive things that he said during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)Panel Discussion. Only a fool like you who has a vicious hatred for young people in Government will not gorge out such nonsensical thoughts.

You ought to sit and think more profoundly, Mr. Hodge before spewing out garbage you called substantive argument. Resignation? As you are asking Hon. Ngafuan to proffer. What have you done for your country as you sit here depending on Social Welfare (FOOD STAMP) opportunity in America for your daily survival. That's the lowest you can live a pauper or an impoverished gnat.

To this end, I ask that you put an immediate end to this vicious attack against this honorable man who has brought pride to mama Liberia in every capacity he has served! It will be intellectually cataclysmic should you utter any gibberish about a statesman who you should be emulating to improve your life.
Therry S. Genesis at 12:58AM, 2014/10/04.
Peter Payou Giwah
Liberia is corrupt!
Peter Payou Giwah at 01:40AM, 2014/10/07.
Ed Carter

A Response to Theodore Hodge’s Tirade against Minister Ngafuan
By Ed D. Carter
October 5, 2014

There is universal consensus that the Government of Liberia bungled in its initial handling of the Ebola crisis. And all Liberians are right to be outraged at the deplorable state of affairs of our health care system when the crisis struck in March of this year. As Liberians, we can accept no excuse whatsoever for why after immense international assistance, our entire health system possessed a pitiable 3 ambulances at the outbreak of the crisis as has been reported.

However, it is one thing to lampoon the Government of Liberia for incompetence in the Ebola crisis; and yet quite another thing to attempt to besmirch and tarnish the fine reputation of an accomplished public servant and distinguished statesman as Minister Augustine Ngafuan because the minister narrates the cultural challenges his government faces against the Ebola virus in language that Mr. Theodore Hodge finds unpleasant.

In his angst, Theodore Hodge emerges with a characteristic vehemence to scold the Minister, using such acerbic terms as “idiotic”, “bonehead”, “senseless”, “utter foolishness”, “gibberish”, “guilty of stupidity”, “buffoon”, “yahoo”, “uncouth”, “pathetic”, and “scoundrels” to describe his Foreign Minister and the administration he represents (see Hodges September 30th article, “What's On My Mind: When Diplomats Forget Diplomacy”- www.theperspective.org).

If such caustic criticisms had emanated from someone else, I would have kept my cool. But coming from a guy like Theodore Hodge - an unaccomplished critic of President Sirleaf and her administration, and a paragon of self-contradiction and double-speech, I am appalled!

For a guy who accuses his Foreign Minister of lack of diplomacy, Theodore Hodge surprises me when he quickly leaps into his own pit – employing the most despicable and “undiplomatic” vocabulary in his tirade against Ngafuan. But then again, I must ask myself, why am I so surprise? Isn’t this the same Theodore Hodge who has distinguished himself above all else by his penchant to vacillate, to double-step and double-speak; limping from one side of a debate to another? But here, Theodore goes beyond the pale, and must therefore be chastised.

I shall endeavor to map out Theodore’s history of double-speech if I must. But for now, it suffices to address the issue at hand.

At issue is Hodge’s contention that Minister Ngafuan lied when he suggested on a recent CNN Fareed Zakaria’s GPS show, that some Liberians wash their faces with water used in cleansing rituals of the remains of dead relatives, suggesting as the Minister did, that such practice has dogged Liberia’s fight against the Ebola virus.

Hodge believes that such a macabre practice as suggested by Minister Ngafuan doesn’t exist in the Liberia he knows. And why does he think so? Because, according to Theodore, the “practice has never been brought to [his] attention”, as if it is our fault that Theodore has made no effort to learn this. Or who really is Theodore? The new connoisseur of Liberia’s cultural repertoire?

But even if such practice did exist, Hodge says, as Foreign Minister, Ngafuan ought to be capable of embellishing it a little, and presenting a more sanitized picture of the harsh reality of the disease. Therefore by being “undiplomatic”, Hodge charges the minister for slander against Liberia and its people, and for bringing disgrace to him and his fellow diasporans.

I am wondering what Hodge would say about the practice of Female Genitor Mutilation (FGM), a practice which is prevalent amongst certain ethnic communities of Liberia, and which human rights groups inside and outside Liberia have condemned as inhumane and torturous, and have long sought to abolish. How would Theodore rather us discuss such a practice on CNN or any other international wire?

Theodore’s malarkey reminds me of a similar onslaught that the acclaimed historian Dr. Stephen Ellis suffered when he suggested in his seminal work on Liberia, “The Mask of Anarchy”, which the practice of “eating” (literally eating the body parts of dead people) in some traditional Liberian communities may indeed exist, as evidenced from its occurrence throughout the Liberian civil war. Ellis narrated anecdotal evidence/reports, including from historic and war-time occurrences that supported his argument.

It seems to me that Hodge is perfectly comfortable sanitizing such a practice as suggested by Minister Ngafuan, because by doing otherwise, the fine-mannered Liberians living abroad would be openly brought to disrepute. Such illusion and sweet-talking, my friend, is dangerous, especially in the new era of Ebola.

If for the sake of the debate, we are to agree with Theodore that such a practice doesn't exist; or, if it does exist, that whenever it occurs, no water splashes on the face of the ritual performers, we must also agree that Minister Ngafuan sought to make a larger point – which is, that certain arcane cultural practices are now impeding our struggle to halt the virus. This is indeed the most important and essential truth of the minister’s comments.

Theodore Hodge is ill-motivated, however; therefore he sees the tree instead of the forest.

If Hodge had embarked upon this verbal aggression in the pitiable hope of scooping away at Minister Ngafuan’s hard-earned reputation as a distinguished public servant and leader of his generation, his attempt has fallen flat – totally deflated. Minister Ngafuan’s reputation is impregnable against such importunate assault. And when the Ebola crisis has abated, and all is said and done – Liberia and serious minded Liberians, unlike Theodore, will celebrate Minister Ngafuan’s representation at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly as one of Liberia’s finest.

Note: The author is a researcher and social-political commentator. He lives in Monrovia and can be reached at eddcarter81@gmail.com.
Ed Carter at 10:56AM, 2014/10/08.
Aloysius J. Morris
Dear Mr. Hodge
I am barely impressed by your attempt to eviscerate the immense effort that the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs has exerted throughout this crisis, for instance at the AU special Meeting on the Outbreak when the likes of South Africa and Kenya had begun to take stringent actions aimed at banning the travel of Liberians to their respective countries; the Minister took to the fold to challenge and convince his counterparts against such draconian measures as result of which many such countries began to rethink their strategies, aren't you also aware of the efforts this same Minister exerted for the numerous donations that are now flowing in to our country? I think that instead of reducing the debate to the pettiness of badmouthing and insulting the Minister, you should establish the veracity of the very act alleged by him on the show and also try to be more positive and intellectual rather than being abusive in trying to put forth your point.
You Mentioned that a diplomat is supposed to say the nastiest things in a nice way; I wonder what were you insinuating? Were you arguing that the Practice actually exists but the Minister shouldn't have stated it or he should have put it in the "Nice Way"? Any way in any case Mr. Hodge you should graduate from the pettiness of sentimentalizing and begin to analyze on the basis of facts provided. A hint to the wise is quite sufficient....
Aloysius J. Morris at 05:51AM, 2014/10/10.
sylvester krah
let me again express my deepest gratitude to mr. hooge for such 101 diplomatic tutorial.we Liberians must learn to elevate our analytical judgement far beyond mere political sentiments and consanguinity. mr. hoodge is quite correct. given that the situation is true, why will our diplomat choose to further exacerbate the tension?is he also aware of how many Liberians are at risk in other countries because of his nonfactual statements? a real diplomat takes into consideration the ramification of situation before he commit.we are yet to know from this well respected international diplomat which tribe practice this act of bathing dead bodies in Liberia. he should have ask his president(madam sir-leaf) to provide him with more aggressive fund raising strategic instead of denigrating the moral integrity of Liberians. i am one of the many ardent admires of your heart cutting articles. keep up the good job. Sylvester krah
sylvester krah at 09:01AM, 2015/01/20.

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