Only Jesus Reconciled Without Facing Perpetrators’ Nelson Insists on war crime court


Grand Kru County former Senator and ex-Internal Affairs Minister, Blamo Nelson has told New Democrat in Monrovia that unless perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity meet their victims in court and under the ‘Palava Hut’ national reconciliation and healing will never be a success in Liberia.
Nelson who served as Director general of the Cabinet in the Charles Taylor administration is calling for a fresh Truth and Reconciliation Commission process that will bring war acts face-to-face with their victims.
“There is only one incident I know in all human history where reconciliation was granted without perpetrators and victims coming together face-to-face. When Christ was nailed to the cross, he said father forgive them because they don’t know what they do and that’s was the only time people were forgiven for doing wrong,” he said.
The former official restated calls for President George and his CDC government should implement findings and recommendations in the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.
“We need to reconvene the TRC to proceed with the second phase of the exercise. This requires bringing the perpetrators and victims together. That’s the only way we will achieve the peace we are talking about,” the former lawmaker said.
“The government lacks political will on many fronts but this particular one is not about the political will, it’s about the practical thing to do to achieve a result here.”
Nelson worked for ex -presidents Charles Taylor and Johnson Sirleaf who financed and directed the carnage respectively.
The TRC in its final report amongst other issues called for the prosecution of individuals who bear the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed and people who looted the country’s resources during the nation’s 14-years civil war.
Writes Titus E. Dessie