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5923: Simidor responds to Yeghoyan, Archim & Kharshian (fwd)
There is no proof one way or another, Yeghoyan and Archim would have us
believe, so we can't really say who's responsible for what in Haiti today.
Not so. We're not discussing the existence of God here. We're not talking
about mega-questions like Aristide and drugs, or who's responsible for the
insecurity. There is tangible proof of Lavalas responsibility is specific
acts of political violence. I've already named two of them: the Nov. 2
attack against the Papaye Peasant Movement (MPP) in Hinche, and the
assassination attempt against Herve Denis in Saint Louis du Sud. There is
also ample evidence that the paramilitary squad leader Ronald Cadavre is
covered with impunity at the highest level of the Lavalas hierarchy.
Aristide's silence often speaks louder than words. As I wrote in a previous
post, Aristide as a political leader has a moral responsibility to speak out
against all acts of violence committed in his name. This is not to say the
man should spend all his time denouncing the Chimères. But Ronald Cadavre's
attempted murder of a police commissioner at a pro-Aristide rally in front of
the CEP, and the attack against MPP, led by a recently "elected" Lavalas
mayor, are two instances where Aristide's silence hangs in the air like a
threat. His refusal or inability to rein in his shock troops is a
contributing factor to the present climate of violence and terror. This is
an observable fact, all sanctimonious pronouncements about living and working
with the poor in Haiti to the contrary.