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5419: Re: 5386. On the abolition of the army (fwd)

From: "Tom F. Driver" <tfd3@columbia.edu>

Nancy Laleau asked me:

    > I thought what Aristide did was fire the entire army except for 
    > marching band... therefore he preserved the integrity of the Haitian
    > constitution, but in fact, the army was gone. Am I mistaken? 

My recollection (I don't have time to research it right now) is that Aristide got 
rid of the officers above a certain rank, which had the effect of putting the 
army out of business.  Perhaps the step you are speaking of took place later.


Tom F. Driver
New York City