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6967: Re: 6941: Response to archim (fwd)
From: Sarah Belfort <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> From: archim <email@example.com>
> My comment on the "stealing of the ballot boxes" is not based upon
> allegations; but upon fact. The photos of discarded ballots and boxes
> at the time of the May election, were true and actual photos, but it
> is somewhat important to note that those balllots had already been
> counted! That's "yellow journalism" (which has been with us for years
> and years!) and geared to lead the less-sharp reader to conclude that
> the ballots were stolen before being counted; not so in this case.
> The story was investigated.
I by no means intended to engage in yellow journalism, and I apologize to
anyone who may have construed my "discarded ballots" comment as a statement
that those ballots were stolen before counting. [By the way, are you now
saying that the ballots WERE stolen, after counting?] I did not know about
the investigation, and had heard variously that the ballots in the photo
were previously counted, were blank, etc. I was simply trying to point out
that not 100% of the ballots were properly accounted for shortly after the
election, and that this fact helped cast some doubt on the situation.
> right now we need to
> stand together and work to straighten out the country. My comments in
> no way should be taken to infer that I am opposed to campaigning
> (another mis-reading of my words!); I merely said that Aristide did
> not even need to campaign!
I am sorry to have mis-read your words.
It might not look like it from my posts, but I actually would like to see
Aristide given a chance. I care about Haiti, and I am prepared to give of
myself what I can to support or strengthen the country. Part of what I am
trying to give is a sense of balance and perspective, hoping that we can
move beyond what I see as destructive dualism (as Guy Antoine referred to
it, the sort of Christ / Anti-Christ mentality).
All the best,