Comment dit-on en anglais "Tant va la cruche à l'eau qu'à la fin elle se casse" ?
Violence begets violence. The U.S. should really stop promoting a culture of coups d'état in Haiti, as they irremediably change society for the worse.
The maniacal blame of JBA's partisans in Haiti will not wash. The Haitian panzouyis and their international friends (mostly the American, French, and Canadian governments) bear direct responsibility in the worsening Haitian crisis. In the end, they inherit a Haiti that is so torn with violence that it will not be worth living in, in spite of their millions. In the Caribbean, Central and Latin America, Haitians were probably the people friendliest to White people and to American people in particular. Now we hear increasingly that they are the subjects of kidnappings and worse. That is an extr
emely unfortunate development. I say so because Haiti truly cannot afford to alienate all foreigners. Haiti truly cannot afford a worse reputation than the one they had created for it already. Haiti will need a great many partners in its long and arduous path to development.
Just like in Iraq and other parts of the world, the policies of the U.S. government are backfiring in Haiti. Today, there would have been only a few months to wait for the end of the much disliked government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But in 2004, the U.S., much more overtly than they had done in 1991, encouraged still another coup in Haiti. As usual, they provided the funds, the arms, the training, and the intelligence. The day of the coup, Condoleezza Rice could not wait to tell her boss about their latest success. A few hours later, Bush proclaimed with a straight face: "THE HAITIAN CONSTITUTION IS WORKING." In the process, Colin Powell betrayed every principle that he had pledged to uphold t
he week before at a meeting of CARICOM heads of government. John Bolton, Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, Elliott Abrams must have raised a cup of bubbly to the memory of their spiritual leader, Jesse Helms. I wonder if we will ever know how many congratulatory calls Andy Apaid and his gang must have received from government VIP's in Washington D.C., Ottawa and Paris.
And all of this for what???
Was it truly worth a spit? The hand-picked Council of Eminently ______ (?) Persons and selected interim government have not been able to deliver anything worthwhile to this point. Instead, the social conditions in the country have degenerated from their already poor conditions to the current unsustainable levels. Things have gotten so bad that one can hear now, ironically, of the good ol' Papa Doc Times. While the poor supporters of Jean-Bertrand Aristide have been savagely repressed (under the watch of a U.S. backed government and the misg
uided forces of the United Nations), life for the rich in Haiti has not been rosy either. They feel constantly threatened, more so than when their hated president (JBA) was in power. The U.S. diplomatic personnel and all other privileged sectors in Haiti feel much less secure these days. What happened? Do they still think the "regime change" which they enforced was worth it? Have its fruit been sweeter?
I would be much in favor of a change in the Haitian Constitution (when it is finally revived) to allow the people to demand changes in their government via referendums. While there might be drawbacks, while we must be extremely careful not to become governed by daily opinion polls, clearly THERE MUST BE ANOTHER WAY. Financing the Haitian opposition with NED/IRI money provided by American taxpayers, arming and training a rebel army in the Dominican Republic to cross the border and raise hell in Haiti, sending the U.S. Marines or Multi-National troops on Haitian soil, selecting replacement/interim
governments for the hapless Haitian voters, simply do not work... regardless of rationalization, regardless of whom they choose to blame for the deteriorating conditions.
Now the best the U.S. State Department and their Embassy in Haiti can come up with, as seemingly they always do, is to ask their citizens and "non-emergency personnel" to avoid the mess they so insistently helped to create. To tail out of the burning house they so generously doused with gasoline. Isn't it time for the term "non-emergency personnel" to be redefined to include all the destabilization experts?
The coup did not generate any happy dividends for anyone except those who are addicted to masturbatory social practices. But when will Haitians stop playing the fools?
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