What's On My Mind: Bankruptcy and Trusteeship



By Theodore Hodge



The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
October 6, 2014

                  


As I ponder the major issues transpiring in Liberia, two words come to the forefront: Bankruptcy and Trusteeship. The president of the country and her principal spokesmen and women keep reminding and appealing to everyone who listens to them that the country is broke; the country has no money or essential resources to fight the devastating epidemic referred to as Ebola. How broke is the country? The government cannot even afford to buy rubber gloves to be used by health practitioners. In short, the country is bankrupt.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the nation's president has seized every opportunity to remind listeners and admirers that she is a graduate of one of the most prestigious academic institutions on the face of the earth, Harvard University. Not only do her handlers refer to her as a "Harvard trained economist", she boasts of an impressive curriculum vitae. She once served as a Deputy Finance Minister and later Minister of Finance of the Republic of Liberia. She also went on to hold top managerial posts with Citi Bank and the World Bank. With such an impressive resume, she managed to convince voters that she was the most qualified to lead the country as president in the last two general elections. She got her wish and has headed the government for close to ten years now. During that time, she and her handlers have been telling the world that Liberia was moving along quite well on the path of recovery. Unfortunately, an unexpected natural virus has surfaced to expose the ugly reality behind the façade: The country is insolvent to the point where it can barely afford to purchase such basic items like rubber gloves and soap.

From the Free Encyclopedia comes this definition of the word bankruptcy: "A legal status of a person or other entity that cannot repay the debts it owes to creditors."  It is important to note further: "In most jurisdictions, bankruptcy is imposed by a court order, OFTEN INITIATED BY THE DEBTOR."

The etymology of the word is interesting; it says, "The word bankruptcy is derived from the Italian 'banca rotta' , meaning 'broken bench', which may stem from a custom of breaking a money-changer's bench or counter to signify his insolvency.'

Let's consider the word 'trusteeship'. It is 'the administration or government of a territory by a foreign country under the supervision of the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations'.

It is quite clear, if one must believe what the Liberian government says, the country is bankrupt. It holds a bucket in hand sending envoys around the world to solicit funds from friendly governments. It (the government) has the impudence and the audacity to complain that the international community has been unresponsive to its cries. One would have thought that the notion of sovereignty would require that a country has the responsibility of administering and funding its own affairs, and that it would be only discretionary and voluntary for others to extend or offer aid. Liberia, although operating under the guise of sovereignty, now has adopted the policy of blaming the world for its own shortcomings.

A critical question is, how did the country become insolvent? An examination of events leading to our present situation would reveal incompetence, high levels of corruption and indifference. In short, fairness requires that one blames the administration for instituting bad policies leading to this sudden collapse and dysfunction. It is, therefore, my opinion that if the president could not effectively manage the affairs of such a small country, such a small economy, then it is irresponsible to simply pump money into the country and ask her to create sound policies to put things on the right track. She has been either unable to do so or rather indifferent. In either case, we need to consider other options.

 

And that is where the issue of trusteeship comes in. Here is a background: "In setting up an International Trusteeship System, the Charter established the Trusteeship Council as one of the main organs of the United Nations and assigned to it the task of supervising the administration of Trust Territories placed under the Trusteeship System. Major goals of the System were to promote the advancement of the inhabitants of Trust Territories and their progressive development towards self-government or independence. The Trusteeship Council is made up of the five permanent members of the Security Council --China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States. The aims of the Trusteeship System have been fulfilled to such an extent that all Trust Territories have attained self-government or independence, either as separate States or by joining neighboring independent countries."

This describes the functions and powers of the council: "Under the Charter, the Trusteeship Council is authorized to examine and discuss reports from the Administering Authority on the political, economic, social and educational advancement of the peoples of Trust Territories and, in consultation with the Administering Authority, to examine petitions from and undertake periodic and other special missions to Trust Territories."

What is the present status of the council? "The Trusteeship Council suspended operation on 1 November 1994, with the independence of Palau, the last remaining United Nations trust territory, on 1 October 1994. By a resolution adopted on 25 May 1994, the Council amended its rules of procedure to drop the obligation to meet annually and agreed to meet as occasion required -- by its decision or the decision of its President, or at the request of a majority of its members or the General Assembly or the Security Council."

This proposition may sound too radical or too far-fetched. In reality, it is not. The United Nations already maintains the largest peace-time force in its history in Liberia. For a dozen or so years, the UN has deployed and kept a huge contingent of troops in Liberia. It is also no secret that without the UN troops (UNMIL) stationed in Liberia, the fragile peace would have shattered and collapsed; the country would have returned to war. So, if the UN is paying such a high price to keep Liberia stable, isn't the country already essentially under UN trusteeship? Only the technical details will differ, but the simple reality boils down to the same effect.

Here is the second aspect; we are told "The Trusteeship Council is made up of the five permanent members of the Security Council --China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States." Liberia has already established herself as America's "step-child".  It has refused to grow up and become a truly sovereign country; its independence is only paper-based, but in reality it has not been able to wean itself off its founder and parent-country. Anyone interested in studying the history of this country will come to that realization, sooner or later. Liberia does expect and take handouts from the US and the US tells Liberia how to run her affairs.

 

Recent example: When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was forced to confront the enormity of the Ebola crisis, she took pen to hand and wrote President Obama for relief. Somehow miraculously, before her request actually got to the US President, her request was already being granted. She got what she asked for, and perhaps more. But here is one thing she didn't bargain for but she has been unable to publicly challenge or refuse: US Military presence. Why did the US decide it would use the military, instead of civilians, to deliver the assistance Liberia requested? Nobody seems to know the reason why. In effect, the point is moot to debate. The US does not consider Liberia an equal partner and nobody knows that better than Liberia. We quietly accept it and pretend we are an independent and sovereign nation; our foolish pride wouldn't lead us to an alternative conclusion... we delude ourselves.

So here's the proposition restated: Make Liberia a UN Trust Territory and make the United States the Administering Authority. (We have been told that the council suspended operation in 1994 when the last trust territory became independent, but a new chapter could be opened).  Make it clear that the agreement stipulates a specific length of time, perhaps ten to fifteen years. To save face and appease Liberians, giving them a national sense of pride, allow the country (Liberia) to initiate the process, instead of forcibly mandating the process. They could always tell themselves: We initiated this deal as opposed to it was forced upon us; although in reality it wouldn't make any difference, anyhow.

I can respect the views of those who will stand in adamant opposition to this proposition. After all, it is not every day that a nation would require its independence renegotiated to a lesser status. But the fact is Liberia has not lived up to expectation; it has been an outright failure in more categories than I'd care to mention. It holds the distinction of "Africa's oldest Republic", but it pitifully lags behind other states in crucial categories. Our politicians have consistently failed us; they rob us blind and they do so shamelessly; in fact, they seem to take pride in converting our national resources to their personal use with impunity. Put a Liberian in a position and pay him (her) a reasonable salary and he'd manage to amass huge wealth in a relatively short time.

I am absolutely convinced that putting foreigners in charge of our affairs, or at least working in close consultation with them, would produce better results than we can show in our 167 years of so-called independence. We are insolvent. We must officially declare bankruptcy and admit we cannot manage our own affairs. The next step is to apply for UN Trusteeship. The UN is already there and the United States is strangely moving in with a huge heavy military presence; this proposition may not be that far-fetched; the process may have already begun unknowingly. That's what's on my mind.


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



Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
ALL POWER, the Liberian Constitution provides, is INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE! All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have THE RIGHT TO ALTER AND REFORM SAME when their safety and happiness so require!

The institution of an interim government in Liberia is a national style or panacea embraced by Liberians and other sovereign nations and the United Nations as implied by the Organ of the Trusteeship Council - an interim administration by composition, tenure, nature, and character, in terms of its authority and power in a given state, country or sovereign nation.

Accordingly, with there been no basic, significant, crucial, nor reasonable, difference between an interim government instituted solely by the people comprising domestic politicians and an interim government requested and authorized by the very people comprising collaboration of the United Nations of which Liberia is a charter member, both conventional wisdom and common sense, and in fact, expediency or necessity calls for (AT THIS TIME) a UN Trusteeship Government in Liberia!

Even the incumbent president and her government is tacitly or implicitly calling for such UN Trusteeship Government when she tells the people to turn to God - meaning she is unable to govern any further!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 02:15AM, 2014/10/06.
T. Alexander Tamba 111
Considering the fact that for the past eight or so years this Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government´s (as even warned by her own party chairman- Varney Sherman)untold corruption, and strange incompetense, not to mention HER ELLEN´S other abuses of power which have threatened the safety and happiness of this nation, or has put this country on a "DANGEROUS PATH" quoting Ellen´s own party Chairman - Cllr. Varney Chairman, we do not only think Mr. Theodore Hodge is right to call for an interim administration from the UN Trusteeship Council, but we also believe this would be the right step in the right direction; since THE REALITY is that an interim administration from political parties or whichever domestic neutral group would only be another "chopping time" for another group of local politicians as we had with the Amos Sawyer´s gang, the Kromah, Boley, Taylor warlords, and the Yudu Bryant group, AN INTERIM ADMINISTRATION FROM THE UN TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL IS A DURABLE AND LASTING SOLUTION!
T. Alexander Tamba 111 at 05:36AM, 2014/10/06.
Ansu Dualu
I don't think We've ever been independent. Just make da Damn thing official.
Ansu Dualu at 10:25AM, 2014/10/06.
Ed


Mr. Hodge, we are all frustrated over the ongoing health crisis in Liberia and its implication for our entire society; but this is no justification to embrace your radical preposition. Our government may have responded incompetently to the crisis, but we refuse to mortgage our chance to rebuild our country ourselves. Trusteeship is a bygone idea...please let it die!
Ed at 10:40AM, 2014/10/06.
Ted Allison

I disagree with you, Ed. The issue is not dead just because you say so. I think the issue is quite alive and needs further debate. The author stated his reasons for supporting the position, what you should do is to state your reasons for not supporting it... let the general readership decide.

Trusteeship is not a "bygone" idea. We are not willing to let it die. We need to allow a debate on the issue and perhaps a national referendum. That's my opinion.
Ted Allison at 11:59AM, 2014/10/06.
Ziggy Morgan

You are right, Mr. Allison. The issue is ripe for discussion. Until now, I have never been in favor of the proposition. But now I'm having second thoughts. I will support a debate on the issue. This issue deserves a fresh discussion; it is not a dead issue.
Ziggy Morgan at 12:03PM, 2014/10/06.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Ansu Dualu, the NEED OR CALL for the trashing or change of this government is not simply the result of "everybody´s frustration over the ongoing ebola crisis."

This crisis is indeed the political/administrative/, spiritual and social scientific warning that if this government is not removed from power Liberia is doomed for a worst catastrophic debacle!

Don´t you know it is because of this very Ellen´s unfitness and incapability to run a government that the ebola is what is it in Liberia as compared to other countries where the ebola has struck? Why hasn´t the people of Sierra Leone, and Guinea call for the removal of their presidents?

They have not because despite or inspite of the ebola epidemic their presidents or governments are operating at least up to expectation as compared to this war criminal Ellen and her criminal and corrupt cartel who according to her own party and Chairman should be removed if the country must be saved from destruction!

What sort of president is this who killed thousands to be president, rigged two election, massacred those who chose not to vote for her, trample on laws and historic practices of the democratic process (appointing mayors), personally notorious for corruption etc.

How can we talk about refusing to mortgage our chance to build our country when you want to keep in power the very corrupt president who has mortgaged the country for herself, her cronies and her children!

UN Trusteeship interim administration is the best way of preventing or making null and void the mortgaging of our country by this incompetent and corrupt Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is unfortunately a WAR CRIMINAL!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 01:06PM, 2014/10/06.
Teah Jardia
I totally disagree with the proposition of Trusteeship for the country...in my view, this is a BAD solution to our particular political problems. To paraphrase Gabriel Baccus Matthews,"As long as the elites or remnants of the elites are in power, Liberia will never be develop". The statement is clear and has been the root cause of our political problems. These people do not consider Liberia as their country or else the country would have been developed. Their modus operandi for power is self enrichment, nothing else. Example, the late Samuel K. Doe led the country in 10 years with positive out come... Roads and government ministries and agencies were built with tax payer's money for the first time in the history of our country, think about.

On the contrary, Ellen Johnson-sirleaf has been in power for 9 years with nothing to show except corruption, corruption, corruption and corruption. She is a replica of the old order and you wonder why the country is in shamble without a genuine public policy agenda.

It baffle my mind when Liberians are asking for the impossible intead of rooting this woman out of office the quickest possible! Peace and tranquility will not come to Liberia as long as we remain complacent in booting out this woman and possibly have her incinerated for crime against humanity.
Trusteeship will not work because the country is not brain drain therefore, we as Liberians should be asking about the maritime funds being directed to this woman personal accounts. Our people are dying from this deadly virus as we continue to talk about the politically impossible...this is a cop out and not a remedy. We have qualify people with the requisites credentials to lead us out this mess. Dr. Togba-nah Tipoteh is the best candidate,a season economists with leadership foresight to redeem the country from the clutches of rampant corruption and political cronyism. I need not mention he has been tested and consistent in his quest for social justice in the country. Undoubtedly, he will bring home the political beacon the Liberian people desire if giving the chance to lead a country now on political life support.

Dr James Teah Tarpeh is also another possible candidate.. political science professor still impacting knowledge, is politically ready to rally the troop for a better Liberia. Vice president Joseph Boakai is in the mix with the experience to work with Dr. Togba-Nah in a bringing peace to our nation. The Simple idea that when the so-called remnants of the old order are not in power than the country should be placed under a trusteeship is an insults to the sovereign's right of the country.

I think the lesson from this kaleidoscope is that we should begin to tell ourselves never again to be careless with our votes by electing another buffoon and misfit at face value in 2017. We must vote for a Liberian only for the sake of the country's future. Let me once again paraphrase president Abraham Lincoln during the civil war in America when the southern states were adamant to let their slaves go, " Free your slaves if he's really yours, he will come back to you".

This statement is true with Some elements of our society who prefer to be consider as Americo-Liberians however stupid that thinking may be, I am only speaking the truth and not to open a pandora box of what is obvious in our society. Besides, I am only making a compassionate plea so that we will learn a lesson from this quagmire and to soberly elect a knowledgeable son of the soil and a patriot come 2017. To vote contrary is a recipe for another round of political disaster for the country.

There is another major political proposition of islamic nature that is quietly seeping through the crack of our democracy. Unless we want a theocracy over democracy, it is imperative that we take note of the Islamic movement in the country. In order words, The time is now to pressure this witchcraft woman to leave so that we will put things into perspective before hand. Ebola has exposed this TRC convicts who's shamelessly using the country's resources for sight seeing mission traveling 365 days a year. What the country need is a radical leadership, not another bombastic social hyena with the facade of so called international connection. We should try Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, Dr. James Teah Tarpeh or Vice president Joseph Boakia. They will be able to lead the country in the right direction.

Gabriel Baccus Matthews may be gone but all is not loss for the country because Dr.Togba-Nah is still with us and consistently fighting for the common good of the country. Liberians should be ready to try a son of the soil for the betterment of the country...he has been in the trenches for over 40 years and will never fail us if giving the opportunity to lead.
Teah Jardia at 02:27PM, 2014/10/06.
Ed Carter

Ted, are you serious about a referendum in Liberia on trusteeship? What do you think we are? Zombies under a primordial spell? Trusteeship has always been a temporary idea when issues of statehood and/or sovereign governance is being decided. Hodge is essentially suggestion that we devolve into a more primitive national specie, instead of championing the onward match of our statehood to higher heights. This weird idea of trusteeship doesn't belong to modern age. Hodge's preposition is understandably the result of profound frustration. Whatever the circumstance, we cannot abdicate our agency and responsibilities as a sovereign nation to some trustee power simple because we are having a turbulent national experience. I am sorry Hodge.
Ed Carter at 03:01PM, 2014/10/06.
Ziggy Morgan

Mr. Ed Carter, you only speak for yourself. The debate is open to all. Just state your view and leave others to support or reject the proposition. Simple as that.

A democracy requires one-man-one-vote. You probably are not familiar with that tenet or you don't respect it. Do you expect to speak for all, instead of just yourself?
Ziggy Morgan at 09:15PM, 2014/10/06.
Ziggy Morgan

Teah Jardia, it is clear that you are not playing with all your marbles. You clearly didn't understand what your hero Baccus Matthews was talking about. Trusteeship is the easiest way to boot the so-called elites out of office. Trusteeship will establish an interim administration that will work in consultation with UN officials. By the time elections are held, the playing field will be even. That's the way to boot the elites out of office. The way you're looking at it will keep the same people in office because they have the resources to win elections.

And please don't tell us about progress under Doe. Doe was a dictator. You might have benefited from him but the rest of the country was taken to the dark ages under him. Please leave Doe out of this; he's dead and gone.

As for Tipoteh, you really must be out of your mind. Personally, I prefer Ellen to Tipoteh. Tipoteh has nothing to offer. His time has come and gone. Let the old man rest in peace.
Ziggy Morgan at 09:26PM, 2014/10/06.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Ed Carter, you are wrong. Mr. Theodore Hodge is right. He is the Jeremiah of our times! Others want to present ideas pleasant to the mind and ears. But Mr. Hodge, the Jeremiah of our times have resolved to say the truth with bluntness! Jeremiah 16: 8-16)!

Neither the issue, its context, nor the magnitude, is about a frustration or a drowning soul seeking even a straw to rescue him or her as you seem to digest the issue.

Its about Liberian politicians and their people needing to see how a truly democratic government SHOULD OPERATE IN LIBERIA! Another domestic interim government you and I and the rest of the world KNOW would do no better than this cartel call government. They may even do worst as evidence has proven!

A UN Trusteeship council is bound to set a pace of good governance that succeding permanent or even interim governments shall follow! Trusteeship is or has not necessarily been about statehood and or sovereign governance.

And if we may pretend (not assume) that "Trusteeship has always been a temporary idea when issues of statehood and/or sovereign governance is being decided"; WHAT is the objective, purpose or ratio decedendi(the spirit or fundamental reason) for such decision or action!

IT IS for the safety and happiness of a given nation, state or country or people! AND this is the durable and lasting solution that ALL LIBERIANS SEEK NOW!

The task of the statesman or the concerned citizen as the cliche puts it, is to reconcile the desirability of the possible with the possibility of the desirable.

Considering the mindset of Liberian politicians and elements of our national demography, it is not possible to have any responsible and competent or massively non-corrupt government without a good governance pace being set up by such interim government as the UN Trusteeship!

Furthermore, as it is known and as you have rightly concluded that such administration "has always been a temporary idea", ISN´T the replacement of an incumbent administration by trusteeship council a temporary idea, Ed.? It is, Ed. etc. etc.!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 12:55AM, 2014/10/07.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Ed Carter you are wrong. NEITHER the issue, nor its context or magnitude supports your claim! The objective of or for Trusteeship has NOT NECESSARILY "always been for statehood and/or sovereign governance is being decided".

Trusteeship (an interim administration) is GENERALLY about SETTING A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE PACE FOR SUCCEEDING GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW!

And even if we may pretend (not assume) that "trusteeship has always been about sovereignty or statehood" as you shortsightedly claim, the objective, purpose, ratio decendendi or THE SPIRIT of an interim mechanism - be it solely domestic or partly international in a nutshell, is, as we mentioned above, categorically about:

SETTING A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE PACE FOR SUCCEEDING GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW FOR THE SOLE OBJECTIVE, PURPOSE, AND SPIRIT OF GUARANTEEING THE SAFETY AND HAPPINESS OF A PEOPLE AND THEIR NATION! PERIOD!

Now pray tell us Ed, isn´t the solution you and the rest of your country seek about finding a lasting a durable solution to this problem of unscrupulous, corrupt, and incompetent governance since this woman, (PRIOR TO corrupt and incompetent domestic interim administrations from Sawyer to Bryant) massacred her her way to power and stole two elections amid her incompetence, abuse of power and corruption which has threatened or in fact destroyed the safety and happiness of the Liberian people and nation?

You know in your heart of hearts, this is the case!

Both PHYSICAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS and religion, and to a larger measure, Social Science, or in fact political history, would dictate that both the governors and the governed of or within Liberia need to physically see or witness the modus vivevendi or modus operandi of f a truly competent and democratic government if the safety and happiness of the Liberian people and their nation must be maintained as provided in the initial clause or paragraph of their Constitution!

And A Trusteeship interim administration which is about SETTING A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE PACE FOR SUCCEEDING GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT FOR NOW AS ARTICULATED BY THE JEREMIAH OF OUR TIMES - THE GENTLEMAN OF EDUCATION - THEODORE HODGE - THE MAN WHO, UNLIKE OTHERS SAYING WHAT PEOPLE AND PERPETRATORS WANT TO HEAR, CHOOSES TO SAY THE TRUTH WITH BLUNTNESS OR PRESENT THE REALITY NO MATTER HOW FIERY!ED ETC. ETC!!!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 04:25AM, 2014/10/07.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Ed Carter you are wrong. NEITHER the issue, nor its context or magnitude supports your claim! The objective of or for Trusteeship has NOT NECESSARILY "always been for statehood and/or sovereign governance is being decided".

Trusteeship (an interim administration) is GENERALLY about SETTING A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE PACE FOR SUCCEEDING GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW!

And even if we may pretend (not assume) that "trusteeship has always been about sovereignty or statehood" as you shortsightedly claim, the objective, purpose, ratio decendendi or THE SPIRIT of an interim mechanism - be it solely domestic or partly international in a nutshell, is, as we mentioned above, categorically about:

SETTING A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE PACE FOR SUCCEEDING GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW FOR THE SOLE OBJECTIVE, PURPOSE, AND SPIRIT OF GUARANTEEING THE SAFETY AND HAPPINESS OF A PEOPLE AND THEIR NATION! PERIOD!

Now pray tell us Ed, isn´t the solution you and the rest of your country seek about finding a lasting a durable solution to this problem of unscrupulous, corrupt, and incompetent governance since this woman, (PRIOR TO corrupt and incompetent domestic interim administrations from Sawyer to Bryant) massacred her her way to power and stole two elections amid her incompetence, abuse of power and corruption which has threatened or in fact destroyed the safety and happiness of the Liberian people and nation?

You know in your heart of hearts, this is the case!

Both PHYSICAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS and religion, and to a larger measure, Social Science, or in fact political history, would dictate that both the governors and the governed of or within Liberia need to physically see or witness the modus vivevendi or modus operandi of f a truly competent and democratic government if the safety and happiness of the Liberian people and their nation must be maintained as provided in the initial clause or paragraph of their Constitution!

And A Trusteeship interim administration which is about SETTING A RESPONSIBLE GOVERNANCE PACE FOR SUCCEEDING GOVERNMENTS TO FOLLOW IS THE MOST APPROPRIATE GOVERNMENT FOR NOW AS ARTICULATED BY THE JEREMIAH OF OUR TIMES - THE GENTLEMAN OF EDUCATION - THEODORE HODGE - THE MAN WHO, UNLIKE OTHERS SAYING WHAT PEOPLE AND PERPETRATORS WANT TO HEAR, CHOOSES TO SAY THE TRUTH WITH BLUNTNESS OR PRESENT THE REALITY NO MATTER HOW FIERY!ED ETC. ETC!!!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 04:25AM, 2014/10/07.
hugh collins
This Mr. hodge praised government just two years ago right here on this online newspaper(Perspective). Now all of a sudden everyting is wrong. He should put his pen down and scratch his head.
hugh collins at 04:41AM, 2014/10/07.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Ed, unless you are simply kidding, considering the way and manner Liberia has been run from the Amos Sawyer interim to that of the Bryant´s, and then especially taking into account the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf´s way of running a country as some uncontrollable locomotive, you know if there were to be a referendum on whether an INTERIM UN TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL should replace Ellen and her cartel, you know very well that there is bound to be a tsunamic victory for the erection of such interim administration.

Your belief "that Trusteeship has always been about statehood and/or sovereign governance is incorrect. The goal of UN TRUSTEESHIP is objectively about guaranteeing the safety and happiness of a nation. That is its about setting a pace of responsible governance which succeeding governments are to follow. THIS LIBERIA AND ITS PEOPLE YEARN FOR NOW!

Hence, the Jeremiah of our times - Theodore Hodge is right no matter how blunt he gets in presenting then reality or telling the truth!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 04:47AM, 2014/10/07.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Jardia, You contradict yourself when you frown on elitism but want members of the elites as Tipoteh, Tarpeh, etc. etc. to govern!

Secondly, How can Tipoteh "redeem the country from the clutches of rampant corruption and political cronyism" when this very Tipoteh is on record for being very NOTORIOUS for supporting rampant corruption, dictatorship and cronyism, as evidenced by his loyal support for Charles Taylor and this very worthless Ellen as proven when he went around the country campaigning for this very Ellen after the very Ellen had failed flat during her first term!?

Thirdly, it is inter alia because of the uselessness of people like Tipoteh, James Tarpeh, Amos Sawyer, etc. etc., Liberia needs an interim UN Trusteeship Council to set the pace of responsible governance for succeeding Liberian governments to follow.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 02:16PM, 2014/10/07.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Jardia, You contradict yourself when you frown on elitism but want members of the elites as Tipoteh, Tarpeh, etc. etc. to govern!

Secondly, How can Tipoteh "redeem the country from the clutches of rampant corruption and political cronyism" when this very Tipoteh is on record for being very NOTORIOUS for supporting rampant corruption, dictatorship and cronyism, as evidenced by his loyal support for Charles Taylor and this very worthless Ellen as proven when he went around the country campaigning for this very Ellen after the very Ellen had failed flat during her first term!?

Thirdly, it is inter alia because of the uselessness of people like Tipoteh, James Tarpeh, Amos Sawyer, etc. etc., Liberia needs an interim UN Trusteeship Council to set the pace of responsible governance for succeeding Liberian governments to follow.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 02:16PM, 2014/10/07.
Ed Carter

KANDAJABA, I wish you could stop to listen to yourself: "The goal of UN TRUSTEESHIP is objectively about guaranteeing the safety and happiness of a nation". This statement alone confirms your limited understanding of international relations and int'l politics. That said, because Liberians know better then Theodore, I don't worry about his trusteeship idea.
Ed Carter at 05:57PM, 2014/10/08.
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