SWEDEN



SWEDEN
Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, July 8: The demands by U.S. President George W. Bush for a certain level of democracy as a condition for economic aid should be copied by more countries.
The biggest contribution by the United States and the western world would, however, be to open their domestic markets to African goods, instead of increasing aid. Bush has a chance to do that, but unfortunately, these discussions will probably be overshadowed by the more acute crisis in Liberia.
Peacekeeping force
Even from inside Liberia, there are appeals for a peacekeeping force from the United States.
If an intervention is supported by the Liberian people, Bush should consider such a force.
This would be an important effort for Africa's cause.
SOUTH AFRICA
The Star, Johannesburg, July 8: Charles Taylor, the leader of Liberia, should be arrested and brought before an international court to answer charges of war crimes committed against his people and his neighbors.
Since he seized power about a decade ago, Taylor's rule has been a shining example of how not to run a country. In fact, Liberia (has) never experienced peace under his regime.
Exile
(Even though) there is a case of genocide to be answered by Charles Taylor, the international community has opted to extend indemnity to Taylor in exchange for him stepping down as president. He will also be allowed to go into exile in Nigeria.
There may be an argument that this compromise encourages other aspirant dictators to continue to butcher their people knowing that they will never be brought to justice.
But the problem is that adopting such a hard-line stance against dictators such as Taylor is not always the best method to stop the fighting.
It is hoped the once Taylor steps down and international peace keeping force will be deployed and there will be free and fair elections.
Africa does not need another Liberia.
GERMANY
Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, July 8: Charles Taylor is one of Africa's greatest war criminals.
He already had thousands of people on his conscience when he came to power in Liberia in 1997 -- not to mention the men and women his killers murdered in neighboring Sierra Leone.
And now he probably will just slip away, into exile in Nigeria, leaving behind him a completely ruined state.
There is no power in Liberia, no clean drinking water, no telephone service, no functioning authorities.
Traumatized population
On the other hand, there are plenty of government soldiers who know nothing other than killing, raping and robbing. There are two rebel groups who are no less brutal toward civilians, and a traumatized population. Hundreds of thousands of Liberians have fled.

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