Hat tip to Until Our Independence.
Everybody says this man is an evil thug who needs to go. That’s not true. He’s a Christian, he’s a nice person, and he’s run a fairly clean operation in the Ivory Coast.
That’s Pat Robertson–who has in the past defended and been engaged in business activities with Charles Taylor–on Laurent Gbagbo. The full video, which is even more infuriating than this quote, is here.
H/t to Moved 2 Monrovia.
Africa Confidential has an article [gated] about high levels of support for Gbagbo among Francophone Africans in the diaspora. The article discusses creative pro-Gbagbo propaganda that have been circulating through online forums:
One imaginative ploy copied an advert that the UN had placed in a local newspaper in September 2010, inviting applications from providers of mortuary services. The propagandists say this was ‘proof’ the UN had been planning massacres that would help Ouattara long before the polls.
Ivory Coast’s incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo has said the country could face greater violence if he were to resign.
I got déjà vu when I read that lede on the BBC. This is exactly what Charles Taylor said in 2003 when the international community was putting enormous pressure on him to resign. (There’s a quote to this effect somewhere in Liberia: An Uncivil War.) Taylor, of course, was very wrong.