Pat Robertson’s Liberian Connection

1 08 2008

This is an old story, but it is news to me, so now it can be news to you.  I recently read this on Charles Taylor’s Wikipedia page:

According to a June 2, 1999, article in The Virginian-Pilot,[28] Taylor had extensive business dealings with televangelist Pat Robertson. According to the article, Taylor gave Robertson (who also had business dealings with dictator Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire) the rights to mine for diamonds in Liberia’s mineral-rich countryside. According to two Operation Blessing pilots who reported this incident to the state of Virginia for investigation in 1994, Robertson used his Operation Blessing planes to haul diamond-mining equipment to Robertson’s mines in Liberia, despite the fact that Robertson was telling his 700 Club viewers that the planes were sending relief supplies to the victims of the genocide in Rwanda. The subsequent investigation by the state of Virginia concluded that Robertson diverted his ministry’s donations to the Liberian diamond-mining operation, but Attorney General of Virginia Mark Earley blocked any potential prosecution against Robertson.

I wonder what Robertson did for Taylor in order to obtain these diamond mines?  Financial assistance?  I don’t know if it is a crime to fund a warlord who is currently in The Hague standing trial for war crimes, but it fucking should be.

Evidently though, it pays to have friends in high places . . . Attorneys General say.

As if we needed one more reason Pat Robertson is evil.