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In a message dated 1/21/01 5:18:24 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< As a long time reader of Corbett and the posts on Haiti, I'd like to take
first opportunity to recommend to all Corbetteers an excellent book
The Military and Society in Haiti by Michel Laguerre. It does not paint the
rosy picture of the Haitian military throughout Haitian history that Mr
seems to have accepted. >>
Clearly there is little about Haitian socio-political realities for which a
rosy picture is appropriate. Both David Young and Dorce (in particular) are
guilty of cognitive consistency when it comes their favorites--finding each
blameless by dint of faith in their own favorites and casting aspersions on
their favorite targets.
Nevertheless, Otello breathes a welcome tone of rationality into the
discussion by referring list members to one of the outstanding works on
Haiti. Laguerre 's portrait of the military is not roseate, but it certainly
fails to confirm Dorce's tendency at demonization of that institution.
Laguerre bases his conclusions on sound research not ideological
predilections. He also leads the reader to conclude that the Haitian
military was a byproduct of and an integral part of Haitian society,
concerned with and (like Aristide), at times consumed by the winner-take-all
attitude toward political power.
Dr. Stephen D. Brown firstname.lastname@example.org