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#3412: Pierre-Pierre responds to anonymous and Pina (fwd)

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One of the disappointments that I've had with Aristide is that he has failed
to fulfill his role as a leader of Haiti. He remains the most recognized
personality in and outside Haiti. His failure has been his silence. He has
taken a low profile that is puzzling. If you remember a while ago, he was
accused in this forum as well as in others of being involved in drugs,
extortion and all kind of evils and yet he has remained silent. If he has
failed to respond to these serious personal attacks I don't see how he is
going on the airwaves and ask for calm.  Aristide is in a precarious
situation and anything he does and say can be used against him, but these
are minor details that true leaders know as the perils of leadership and let
the chips fall where they may. If we look at black leaders in the U.S. Many
of them vere villified, either by the government apparatus, FBI, and others.
Malcom X, even the now saintly Martin Luther King was public enemy number 1
at one time. We are seeing the same thing with Farrakhan and to a less
extent, Al Sharpton. Leadership is not an easy thing, nothing is. And I
think that Aristide has had too easy time being accepted by the masses of
Haitians who were clamoring for power and dignity. Aristide's ascendency too
popularity may have been to meteoric and therefore, he appears to be
grappling with what to do. Also, he is not surrounded with visionaries and
people who can tell him the bitter truth. Let's hope for the sake of the
country, he does that quickly.
It is indeed dark in the land of the mountains,


garry pierre-pierre


----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Corbett" <bcorbett@netcom.com>
To: "Haiti mailing list" <haiti@lists.webster.edu>
Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2000 9:17 PM
Subject: #3407: Pina responds to anonymous (fwd)

> From: kevin pina <cariborganics@hotmail.com>
> "A call from Aristide on public radio or television, specifically asking
> supporters of the Lafanmi to resist violence, deploring the murder or
> kidnapping of opposition leaders and explaining why the violence is
> politically and morally unjustifiable could make a difference."
> To so do is to unneccesarily admit concern for a wrong perception. There
> no need for such a pronouncement since Lafamni obviously takes that stance
> anyway. Further, there is something false in the logic that implies he
> be guilty of something because he refuses to state the obvious.
> Aristide has always been consistent in calling for non-violence and
> reconcilliation, especially after he was shouldered back into power. Many
> within the OP's or Popular Organizations, responded by calling for
> "reconcilliation with justice" for the victims of the coup. These
> organization's members took the brunt of the military's brutality and
> committed to not letting that memory be buried under an avalanche of
> misinformation.
> A climate that allows for fair elections and stable institutions holds the
> hope for redress of the massacre of thousands of Haitians.  This is
> in the stated interests of supporters of Lafamni and raises more questions
> than it answers concerning who is behind the violence in Haiti.
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