Friday, July 02, 2004

Our Bastards Pt. CCLXXVII 

Following in the footsteps of our distinguished colleague the Yorkshire Ranter, Laura Rozen is working on a story in which she'll attempt to explain why the U.S. government maintains its ties with two men who "not only [have] an extraordinary amount of blood on their hands, but who have also helped fund al Qaeda through the blood diamond trade" -- former Liberian president Charles Taylor and Russian gun-runner Viktor Bout.

Bout has been providing services to the occupation forces in Iraq for some time now. And the Financial Times recently published allegations that Taylor was on the CIA payroll as late as 2001 -- although, Rozen notes, the relevant quotes have mysteriously disappeared from the FT website.

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