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6096: Re: 6087: The cost of democracy to Haiti: Poincy comments (fwd)
> My only hope is that some in this so diverse, eclectic opposition, recognizes
> that it's best for the sake of the country, to negotiate in good faith with
> Fanmi Lavalas. Otherwise, short of an "invasion" which most of them seem to
> hope for, Lavalas if they play their card right and democratically, will be
> in power for a very long time to come.
Hyppolite, ďmon amiĒ, you couldnít have said it any better. This is the
irrationality of Ayitian politicians and their backers that Iíve been talking
about and you have eloquently presented. I know no cure for it and democracy as
some of us wish it to be in Ayiti is far to be one. You pointed out the
possibility of having Lavalas in power for a long time, if the oppositions
donít behave properly; myself I am stressing such a length of time as a
necessity, ďa must beĒ to really give birth to true democracy in Ayiti.
Unless Aristide uses a strong hand to force the oppositions or anybody else to
follow a straight line, the country will be ungovernable. Even if the
oppositions agree to enter in agreement with Lavalas, it will be for a short
period, because no Ayitian in authority position can tolerate others in
authority positions on an equal footing. Itís either them or no one else. This
is a mentality to change. Changing this mentality is a social phenomenon that
can be done through education (not formal education) and it is not an easy one.
One presidency term is insufficient to promote these kind of social changes.
Hence, the reason why I advocate a government for at least a generation. Again,
there can be the transfer of power, but within the unique body of government
with the required ideology. Within it, democratic processes can take place. We
need not to forget that democracy in essence is merely a form of decision
Ayiti has lived, lives and will live
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