Thursday, March 18, 2004

A scene from the Jedi Council? No! It's Haiti's new interim President! Kidding aside, here is probably my last post about Haiti. The end result is no surprise. We have sent an unspoken signal that Aristide had fallen out of our good graces. We let the coup against him happen, then stepped in and plugged our new team. And now the support from the land of Milk and Honey shall flow southward to Haiti. The one thing that is a pleasant surprise is that all of this seems to have subsided without more violence than we actually saw. Hooray! The new leader is falling under criticism, but frankly a "consensus" government was probably a true impossibility given the chaotic state Haiti had fallen into. So it's quite possible that the end result (pending the new government's performance) is one of the better possible outcomes of this fiasco. The mystery of all of this is ... what had Aristide done that cause America to stop playing ball with him? This has never been stated as far as I know. Bush Sr. didn't like Aristide and Clinton did like Aristide. I would hate to think that partisan politics could go to that level. I am not an expert on this, so I would love to hear what other people think about why Aristide never received support from the U.S. or NATO. -Jim


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