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With the news flash crawling across the Sunday morning screen that
the democratically elected president of Haiti Jean de-troup Aristide
was leaving the country and seeking asylum in another then undisclosed
country, came the startling confirmation that the Bush regime couldn't
care less about democracy. Not in America's so-called backyard,
nor anywhere else in the world. For days, the administration has
been bombing grenades in the direction of Aristide, blaming him
for the economic troubles of the island while it was the administration
itself that cut off the IMF loans that deepened the nation's crisis.
Even the allegedly "centrist' Clinton administration had to
be drawn; kicking and screaming into the struggle to restore the
Haitian president and with entry of the Bush regime came efforts
to push him out.
Why did they
It had nothing
to do with human rights abuses or corruption as the corporate media
had been parrot-like repeating. It was because Aristides main core
group of support came from the desperately poor peasantry who gave
their all in the lavalas movement that pushed the duviex dictatorship
into exile. The wealthy bourgeois in Haiti never forgave the former
priest for sparking t he democracy movement and it is this element
that is the main backers of the so-called rebels who are bent on
running Aristide out. It is precisely this element that has friends
in high places in the US government and the US intelligence agencies.
Why else would
Emanuel Constant- a former honcho of the right-wing Frap group,
which has terrorized Haitians for years, live in Sweet calm and
comfort in Brooklyn, despite charges of Fraps involvement in torture,
beatings, anti-democratic violence and murders. Bush's so-called
war on terrorism doesn't go there huh??
When this Aristide
government repeatedly requested a return, an extradition of Constant,
they were repeatedly ignored.
Is it because
they did not want Constant giving testimony about CIA links and
support the FRAPP?
What we are
seeing in Haiti is the reemergence of the Frap into Haitian life,
this time openly supported by the US.
should we give ear to US claims about supporting democracy- it is
Just days before
this right-wing crew, diplomats assigned to the organization of
American states, the OAS , got up and almost all of the nations
represented, swore to support the Haitian government
the US. Mexico pledged support, El Salvador and the embattled republic
of Venezuela did as well. But it was all diplomatic speech, and
diplomatic speech, after all is said and done, is just speech.
IN the end,
the resolutions of the OAS like the resolutions of other agencies
meant nothing. What mattered is that the US opposed it, and the
president of Haiti is now in exile. What is almost more disturbing
is that the US claims to support his removal "for the good
of the Haitian people."
For 200 years
the US hasn't given a damn about the Haitian people. When they try
to seek asylum on US shores, they are thrown into a chrome detention
center in Miami.
For years, the US has supported every dictator that ever ruled over
Haiti despite a blood curdling history of crimes and horrific human
rights violations. That's because those dictators would freely allow
the Haitian people to be further and further exploited.
The Haitians will now, if history is any guide, experience a wave
of violence and accordingly, the rate of island refugees will grow
exponentially. What will America then do for the good of the Haitian
Turn them back
to their tormentors who have now ceased power?
this. History will prove his words were right and that the Bush
regime was once again dead-wrong.
From Death Row,
this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
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