Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Weigh Treatment For Liberia Malignancy.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

While American troops are dodging bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan, Liberians are pleading for U.S. intervention in their war-ravaged West African nation.

Beyond calling for its president, Charles Taylor, to step down, President Bush is holding off on a decision to send troops. But the U.S. command in Europe has been ordered to begin contingency planning, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice has floated some potential justifications for intervention.

Restoring stability could promote progress throughout Africa, she said, and avoid a replay of Rwanda's genocidal meltdown in the 1990s. Civil chaos provides fertile ground for groups like al-Qaida to sow terrorism. …

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