Sierra Leone: August 1, 2000


The attempts to stop the illegal diamond trade that supports the RUF rebels brings up the issue that RUF is not a revolutionary organization at all. RUF did not seem interested in participating in the government, but responded quickly and violently when their control of the diamond fields was threatened. RUF, like many "revolutionary organizations" is basically a criminal gang, interested only in money, mayhem and getting away with it.


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