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6594: New book: Voodoo Politics (fwd)
From: Martine Jean <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just wanted to share this with the people on the list. This is an
introduction to "Voodoo Politics" by Lynn Garrison. YOu can read more of
this on the book's website: voodoopolitics.com.
Fok ou aprann pou konprann.
You must learn to understand.
During February of 1986 Duvalier was sent into exile, replaced by a series
of fiascos that have seen the nation slide steadily towards complete and
total destruction. Now, it is still nothing like that reported by the media.
They have suggested peace and normality where the nation has deteriorated
into anarchy and chaos. Now the media suggests a fatally flawed election
might be salvaged by a few tweaks in the counting process. While a five
alarm fire guts Haiti our media friends admit existence of a small
wastebasket blaze. The reporters of truth cannot reverse direction 180
degrees without looking like total fools. So Haiti and its people must
suffer for our stupidity. Actually, the business community continues to rape
and plunder the nationís lifeblood while the vast majority of Haitiís nine
millions exist outside of the Democratic process knowing only that the white
manís effort to democratize the nation has taken everything away.... their
jobs, food, schools, ecology and finally Hope.
It would be useful to inject - verbatim - an August, 2000 State Department
warning to Americans considering anything to do with Haiti
"The grave political, economic and social crisis buffeting Haiti for more
than two years has consequences on the general conditions of security in the
country. We have in fact noted in the past months a clear degradation of
security (a rapid increase in settling accounts, armed attacks, petty
thievery, break-ins...) That the efforts of the national police havenít been
able to control fully. This phenomenon.. which is not fully experienced in
the capital - has begun also to affect visiting or resident foreigners. ďIt
is therefore wise to adjourn any visit to Haiti which isnít necessary or an
emergency case. Great discretion is recommended for people who, for one
reason or another, must go to Haiti; they should especially take the
precautionary measures. Avoid taking walks alone in the poorer neighborhoods
and shantytowns, more especially around the port and airport of
Port-au-Prince, and donít attempt any walking around at night because of
urban darkness. Avoid to travel by car at night on the roads to provincial
towns and in the vicinity of the capital. Donít wear any jewels and valuable
objects, donít display cameras and photographic equipment, and generally
avoid to arouse envy. Abstain from all behavior that could be interpreted as
provocative, arrogant or ostentatious; donít photograph or film the people
without first obtaining permission; generally avoid photographing extreme
poverty stricken areas. Refuse any transactions dealing with street sales,
especially of cigarettes and alcohol. Avoid gatherings of curiosity seekers
and young strollers which could quickly turn into an uncontrollable mob.
Decline invitations to unauthorized Voodoo ceremonies; donít adventure out
of town. Considering the extreme touchiness of the police agents when
dealing with them, behave courteously, extremely cool, and fully respectful
of local law; in the case of difficulty donít hesitate to contact the
embassy. In case of armed attack, it would be best not to resist.
Considering recent incidents involving foreign luxury boats, it is strongly
advised not to anchor in Haitian waters."
Sounds worse than Idi Aminís Uganda.
>From 1980, through the Cedras period into October of 1994, I traveled alone
- day or night, anywhere in Haiti without fear. No foreigner was ever in
danger. The terrifying analysis by the State Department is the direct result
of the Clinton/Gore Destruction of Haiti. During August of this year the
Clinton State Department threatened international sanctions if the
Aristide/Preval team maintained their refusal to rectify criminal results of
the May 21 ballot that saw Aristide steal almost every elective office in
the country - except the Presidency. Now Aristide played his ace. Any
imposition of sanctions would be met by his immediate killing of US citizens
throughout Haiti. Some 8,000 Americans live there. Aristideís challenge was
met with an instantaneous capitulation by the Clinton/Gore team. The
American embassy promised there will be no sanctions.
With Cedras, when there was no danger to Americans, or anyone else, William
Jefferson Clinton was a brave man. Now that a real ďthreat to Americaís
national security interestsĒ exists, the Clinton/Gore team tucks its tail
and runs for cover, deserting 8,000,000 Haitians and all of the proclaimed
moral principles that saw an unnecessary invasion of Haiti in 1994. At that
time the Clinton/Gore duo mounted an operation that saw a Marxist-Leninist,
anti-American, pro-Castro, thieving, murdering psychotic, manic-depressive,
cocaine smuggling, defrocked priest returned to Haitiís presidential palace.
All of this in the name of that illusive philosophical concept - Democracy.
Unless Aristide is indicted for his cocaine business, the game is
effectively over. Aristide will grab the Presidency in November and the
Clinton/Gore duo will have fathered the worldís first true
Narco-Dictatorship to feed Americaís demand for the white powder.
Hopefully, VOODOO POLITICS will give the reader some idea of how we have
arrived at this disastrous situation, and what steps can be taken to save
our small neighbor. These pages are my gift to the Haiti, a small repayment
of the hospitality and friendship I found there.
Santa Monica, California,
August 21, 2000
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