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#742: Colonel Lamy's death and Lavalas duplicity: a Daniel Simidor commentary (fwd)


Former Haitian National Police boss Bob Manuel would not kill Lamy any more 
than he could palm himself off as the Lamb of God to a crowd of deaf and dumb 
pilgrims.  To suggest otherwise is to seriously misread the psychology of 
class conflicts and social strata in Haiti today.  Bob Manuel is not in the 
same league with the likes of Michel Francois or Emmanuel "Toto" Constant.  
It defies belief that such a true-blue member of the entrenched elite would 
endanger his life of privilege in Petionville and above with the gruesome 
killing of a man who was also his protector and friend.  

Why then did former FAd'H captain Dany Toussaint, currently Lavalas spokesman 
and notorious gang leader, rush to the crime scene to accuse Manuel?  Was he 
judging Manuel by his own standards as a former military henchman?  Or was 
this former boss of the Haitian interim police in 1994 trying to hide the 
fact that he has more to gain from Lamy's death than Manuel?  With Lamy out 
of the way, Toussaint indeed is the No. 1 Lavalas candidate for Manuel's old 

But the smooth execution of this recent killing doesn't bear a Haitian 
signature.  The thread running from Guy Malary's death to Jean-Marie 
Vincent's and Father Ti-Jean's, the attempt against Mrs. Preval and the OPL 
members of parliament, speak of a higher intelligence than Dany Toussaint.  
Lamy's death is also a chilling message to Aristide and his men.  Maybe that 
explains why the Lavalas hounds are now casting their net among the 
traditional Macoute sectors for a culprit.

Men bat chen, tann mèt li.  When a tree falls in the forest, it is always 
wise to look for the hand wielding the axe.  In this case, the axe may be a 
former FAd'H or FRAPH henchman, but the chilling sense of deja vu, brought by 
this cold-blooded and perfectly executed operation, is strangely reminiscent 
of CIA spooks and School of the  Americas graduates of yesteryears.  Exactly 
how high are the stakes in Haiti today?

Daniel Simidor