Right now, the events happening in Haiti are very disturbing. The U.S. military
is on shaky ground at best and that has nothing to do with
aftershocks. The international community is blaming the U.S.
government for not letting the Médecins Sans Frontières' planes
land, but that isn't what is happening on the ground.
The U.S. is
following the orders of the Haitian government because of the
sensitive history between Haiti and the U.S. The international
community, okay France, is accusing the U.S. of an occupation of
Haiti. The U.S. is trying so hard not to appear as occupiers to the
point we are afraid of stepping on Haitian government toes and taking
control of the situation.
So, where are we? That would be stuck
between a rock and a hard place.
If our military backs out, then the
U.S. isn't doing enough to help the Haitians. If we do what the
Haitian government wants, then we are aiding an unjust governing body
that doesn't really care about the lives of the Haitian people. If
our military ignores the Haitian government and takes complete
control, then that's an occupation.
This operation is a no win
We should let the international community handle the
negotiations with Haiti. We should let the U.N. tell the Haitian
government it can go to hell because help is on the way.
this from a cold, calculated standpoint:
You have no real concern for
the people of your country. As long as food, water and medical
supplies are scarce, the people are not concerned with how the
government frakked up because they are desperately trying to survive.
As a Haitian government official, you know that refusing to let MSF
land will be blamed on the U.S. and any criticism will be directed
away from Haiti because right now the world is reacting to the
catastrophe. And when all of these Haitians die and all of the aid
money is processed, it is the Haitian government that stands to gain
If you think it will be passed on to help the people of
Haiti you have no comprehension of the political dynamic and
corruption in Haiti.
Just read what the Haitian people have to say, not what the press is feeding you during this frenzy.