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Haiti for the Haitians: US troops out

The history of Haiti has been the history of the struggle of the Haitian people against invaders and conquerors.

The US occupation of the island today is no different.  Under the guise of humanitarian intervention the US is tightening its control of the country for its interests, not those of the people of Haiti.

As the former Haitian Defence Minister said: “We don’t need the soldiers in Haiti. There’s no war here.”

But for the US there is a war; a war against the popular aspirations of the Haitians for peace and prosperity. 

The US want to maintain its rule and its order, its dictatorship of capital and the continuation of the neoliberal destruction of the country.

The US fears the return to power of  a popular leader like Arisitide or one of his more radical followers. Twice the Americans have deposed Arisitide because he won the support of the Haitian people and resisted fully or in part the neoliberal agenda.

The US fears the self-organisation of the Haitian people, even around aid distribution and re-building. Such self-organisation might open up a call for political independence and challenge US hegemony in the country and further undermine US control of the region.

The threat of disorder is overblown.  The Haitian people themselves could and should control aid and its distribution – not the US, not the UN and not the reactionary Christian NGOs.

Communities have been organising to do this but have been met with guns, not food.

Eventually but too late for many the food and water and medicines will flow through but only after US troops in cahoots with UN forces have secured the capital and other major areas.

And that food and water and medicine will be under US control, a control it will use to subjugate the already poverty stricken Haitians to continue their misery.

The US also wants to control the re-building effort primarily because if the Haitians do it they will build independence not subservience. American troops are there to prevent that too from happening.

The American ruling class care so much for Haitians that their ships ring the island to prevent desperate people fleeing the country for food and water and medical treatment in the US.

In Vietnam the lie justifying invasion was the the fight against ‘communism’. In Iraq it was the lie of weapons of mass destruction. In Afghanistan it is the lie of the war on terror.  

In Haiti it is the lie of humanitarian aid.  Let the Haitian people run their society. US troops out.









Comment from John
Time January 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

From Glynne via facebook:

I understand the idea, but it is just possible that US troops may (eventually) get food and water to folk who don’t at present have access to either, and and no prospect of obtaining by their own efforts.

If I’d just been dragged out from under a collapsed building I don’t think I’d ask whether it were a civilian or a soldier handing it to me.

Comment from John
Time January 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

Glynne, if that is the case why are the soldiers there rather than civilians doing the same job, under Haitian control?

Or even soldiers under Haitian control? In any event the US priority is not feeding people but securing the country. They are holding up the delivery of humanitarian aid.

Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time January 23, 2010 at 9:06 am

Well said, John. US conduct in Haiti borders on genocide. The aid effort should be coordinated with the genuine representatives of the Haitian majority.

Comment from uoʇƃuıuuǝd pןɐuop
Time January 29, 2010 at 6:30 am

˙ʇı ǝʞɐʇ oʇ ɯǝɥʇ ןןıʞ pןnoʍ sǝʌןǝsɯǝɥʇ suɐıʇɐɥ ǝɥʇ pǝɯɹɐ ʇ,uǝɹǝʍ pooɟ ǝɥʇ ʇno ƃuıpuɐɥ sʞןoɟ ǝɥʇ ɟı ˙pıɐ ɹǝɥʇo puɐ pooɟ ǝɥʇ ƃuıʇnqıɹʇsıp sɹǝıpןos ǝɹɐ ǝɹǝɥʇ ǝsɹnoɔ ɟo ˙ǝןdoǝd uʍo ɹıǝɥʇ ɹoɟ ʇıq ǝuo ʇou ǝɹɐɔ ʎǝɥʇ ˙ɹǝʇʇɐɟ ʇǝƃ ʎɹʇunoɔ ǝɥʇ ɟo soɔıʇıןod ǝɥʇ ǝǝs p,ǝʍ ‘ʎɐʍ ǝɥʇ ɟo ʇno ʞɔɐq dǝʇs puɐ ‘ʇuǝɯuɹǝʌoƃ uɐıʇɐɥ ǝɥʇ oʇ ƃuıɥʇʎɹǝʌǝ puɐɥ ʇsnɾ oʇ ǝʍ ǝɹǝʍ ʇnq ˙ʇɐɥʇ ǝʞıן ƃuıɥʇʎuɐ ɹo ‘ʇuǝɔouuı sı sn ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʇ ʎɐs puɐ ʎɹʇ oʇ ʇnoqɐ ʇou ɯ,ı

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