Liberia In the Heart of Darkness

West African troops find there is no peace to keep where tribal carnage masquerades as war

MONROVIA -- The civil war in Liberia is about hatred: personal hatred based on political rivalry, brutally used to turn tribe against tribe. Charles Taylor, head of the rebel National Patriotic Liberation Front, and President Samuel Doe, the harsh ruler of the country's 2.5 million people for the past decade, loathe each other. Says Taylor: "The only good Doe is a dead Doe." In the past eight months Taylor's 10,000-member army has overrun most of the country, leaving only small pieces of Monrovia, the capital, in Doe's control and setting the Gio tribe, which supports Taylor, against one of Liberia's smallest...

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