Better Late Than Never

CAROLYN COLE/LOS ANGELES TIMES-AP

SLOW RESPONSE: Hit by delays, ECOMOG's advance military team, led by Okonkwo, center, finally landed in Monrovia last week

The situation might have been funny if it weren't so horribly sad. The people of Liberia have been pleading for outside help to stop the chaotic civil war that since June has killed over 1,000 civilians. And last week help was supposed to arrive — not the 2,300 U.S. Marines on the three gunships expected off the Liberian coast last weekend (they as yet have no orders to come ashore), but an African peacekeeping force, known as ECOMOG, from the Economic Community of West African States. But last Wednesday, when an advance team of 10 military advisers finally set off...

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