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Michael Massing, a New York writer, is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. His most recent book is Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind (HarperCollins).
Votes are now being counted in the first truly free election in Liberia's troubled history. It's a far cry from the 1986 election, which dictatorial Samuel Doe fraudulently "won" by shutting down not only newspapers but entire political parties. The Reagan Administration just looked on.