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Jan. 16th, 2010 | 07:52 pm

I'd be slightly more impressed with the press if they'd not steadfastly ignored the fact that the country had undergone a US-led coup in 2004 to depose the elected government, and then had the UN move in to uphold the situation. You know, the political state of a country isn't irrelevant to how many people die or have their lives destroyed when a natural disaster occurs; being dirt poor and having only tenuous access to housing, electricity, medicine and clean water really starts to hurt when there's a mass crisis. When you're holding on by your fingernails, it doesn't take much of a push to send you dropping, let alone a massive earthquake.

omg I'm like being so political and it's just not appropriate

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Diary of an Ass Monkey

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from: assmonkeydiary
date: Jan. 18th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
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the country had undergone a US-led coup in 2004 to depose the elected government

While I obviously didn't trust the Bush administration in most cases, I find myself trusting Aristide's claim of being ousted by the US even less. If the all the US wanted was him out of power, they only had to do was let the rebels take care of him. Maybe there's some crucial evidence I'm missing, but the likelier scenario seems to be that they rescued Aristide from the rebels at his request, and then once safe he wanted his power back so he started screaming that he didn't really resign.

Edited at 2010-01-18 08:23 pm (UTC)

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 18th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Well, it's hard to accuse him of inconsistency; he's said at every opportunity (even using a smuggled phone initially) that he was forced to resign, held under armed guard and prevented from returning, with some eye-witness support. Which has certainly been quite successful so far.

Even given that, the resignation of a head of state under the threat of a imminent death by an assaulting rebel army isn't normally considered all that binding, at least not enough for someone to prevent his return, immediately support the new group and even stop his old party from running in elections in 2009; of course, when the rebel army is supported by groups from the mainland previously created by the CIA to oust Aristide in the 90s, well. Plus other stuff like the Ottawa Initiative the previous year.

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On the subject of Haiti

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 18th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
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"US-led" is probably pushing it a bit though. "US-backed" maybe.

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