[quote]First let me say that no good thing can come from this travesty of justice in Haiti. There is no sense in the idea that, Aristide is gone now we must move on. There is a very real possibility that a crime was committed according to international law. This needs to be investigated and those responsible should be held accountable. The long term low-intensity war has taken its toll and made the ground fertile for a very small group of armed criminals to take over the country, of course not without US Marine assistance in their last push into the capital. They never could have made Aristide resign without US force. If he had agreed to resign or asked for US help to resign, he would have been taken to a welcome place where he would live out his days in plush comfort like Cedras and others. Instead he is incommunicado in the middle of no
where in Africa where a military coup just took place not a year ago., with no way to communicate with those outside. Taken out of Haiti in disgrace like a common thief.
This not only effects Haiti, it effects all of us who call the United States home and of course all democratically elected governments who displease the US government, not to mention the rest of the world. To ask that we let go and just move on, ignores the pain and suffering of the Haitian people for whom Aristide was a symbol of freedom and inclusion for the first time in their lives. As I write this, I have the villainous words of Roger Noriega in my ears as he gives testimony to the International Relations Subcommittee. He might as well be speaking with Jesse Helms voice, they are one and the same. Bonded by their racist attitudes and their hatred of Aristide. They have finally finished the work of Bush the elder. (seems like that is a theme for this Bush)
Haitians have lived without justice for their entire lives and
they have just had their president ripped from them. They know what they want. But those educated, sophisticated, superior Haitians think they know what's best for the people. This humiliating paternal attitude is the backbone of the Haitian intellectual and it is shared by Noriega and the neo-con right wing Republicans. They give lip service to "the people" and helping make their lives better. But how is this to happen? Because with Aristide gone, they will let aid flow in again? They will foster an atmosphere where sweatshops will provide jobs for Haitians....oh thanks a bunch. The people KNOW what they want. It is not the job of the United States to judge the quality of democracy in Haiti. If the people wanted him, then that's the end of that issue. If we had put the money and energy into supporting democracy in Haiti instead of working to tear it down by supporting the opposition, Aristide would have been able to move that country ahead instead of arming the poor so they could fight off the
wealthy opposition and their buddies in the Bush administration.
Those who supported the removal of Aristide must share the guilt of what is happening there now. If the people wanted Aristide gone, he would have been gone long ago. Now they will take out their rage on the already crumbling country. This was predictable by anyone who knows the Haitian people.
I am disgusted by the people of the United States standing silent in the face of this terrible misuse of power. The media certainly contributes to the ignorance of the people but anyone with a computer can find out the truth with very little effort.
A beautiful democracy cannot be born out of a pile of garbage. There will be no healing, no moving on, no democracy in Haiti until justice is done and Aristide is not being held hostage or dead.
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