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a733: Re: a719: US Sticks to Ultimatum (fwd)
From: kevin pina <email@example.com>
"Philippe also regarded as "a classical answer" U.S. Secretary of State
Colin Powell's response that: "There is a political crisis in the country
that must be dealt with before the international community can have
confidence, that money given to Haiti, it would be appropriately spent.""
I wonder if any history buffs out there might know of another single example
where the US demanded a similar quid pro quo of the Duvalier dictatorship.
My understanding is that despite the murder of thousands, miltary and
economic aid to the Duvalier's was never tied to US insistence of
"plurality" in Haiti. The jailing and killing of the opposition to Duvalier
was never considered a "political crisis" by US foreign policy makers.
Secondly, it is good to hear Powell finally acknowledge US foreign policy's
authorship of the "political crisis" concept that has been pushed loudly for
quite some time by the Haitian press. As a friend said the other day, "The
majority of the Haitian people are not suffering a political crisis, they
are suffering a social and economic crisis brought about by those pimping
the idea of a political crisis for personal gain. The majority of the
Haitian people are perplexed by this idea of a political crisis in Haiti as
the only ones who seem to have a real crisis with the current political
situation are the United States and the Convergence."
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