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#4301: Self-Criticism : Morse replies to Driver
From: oloffsonram <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I understand your feeling that there is a time and a place for
everything, but six years down the road I don't like what I see;
therefore I must criticize. I don't like a one party democracy although
there's nothing wrong with one party having an overwhelming majority.
The difference: Freedom of speech. The Lavalas movement, even with its
overwhelming majority, is not permitting other political movements to
They are using a blend of mob violence, backed up by the new police
force, to do their work. These tactics are being used by the party with
an overwhelming majority. Whats the point? Its not necessary. Aristide
has the majority AND the law on his side. If he can't take the high
road, who can? The C.E.P can postpone all they want. Aristide will
still have the majority. If there's a runoff, he'll still have the
majority. The mobs aren't necessary. The tires aren't necessary. The
rocks aren't necessary.
I've made this point before, when Cedras was here, the mobs were simply
shot. Those that survived either joined Cedras (duri ak shu) or went
off to the provinces.
Debate should be an exchange of ideas. Not mob intimidation. Every one
already knows how to get the mobs off the street. You shoot them. Thats
not the direction Haiti should be taking. I want to see Aristide,
Manigat, Evans Paul, and whoever else, sitting on a stage, answering
intelligent questions in creole. Questions in front of a live t.v. and
radio audience. A series of debates. Writing books in English, French
and Creole is a P.R. tactic for the foreigners. How many people who
went out and voted read either of those books. We're talking Haiti now,
not a Colin Powell book tour.