Freedom across the world suffered a major blow recently, and no one even knew to pause and mourn for it. The Libyan tyrant, Moammar Gadhafi, told a conference in Africa that "handing over former Liberian President Charles Taylor to an international court is an immoral act and has harmed Africa" and that "Taylor should have stayed in Nigeria according to the agreement under which he stepped down." Translation: There is now little chance of Gadhafi or any other tyrant giving up power peacefully in exchange for asylum.
Nigeria granted Taylor asylum in 2003 in exchange for his renouncing power as part of a deal to end Liberia's civil war. But in March, under intense international pressure, Nigeria broke that promise and handed Taylor to the United Nations-special court in Sierra Leone. The court intends to try Taylor for war crimes and crimes against humanity because of his role in Sierra Leone's civil war.