The conviction Thursday of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone will give pause to warlords but also could hamper peace efforts because some will see no way out but to fight, write Robyn Dixon and Carol J. Williams. Survivors of the violence in Sierra Leone -- during which some 27,000 people had limbs chopped off and many others were forced into sexual slavery -- said the verdict provides some degree of justice, as well as closure.

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