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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?