"When the full and true
story of Jean-Bertrand Aristide is finally told, it will portray
a noble and humble man who gave of himself honorably to serve
the interests of all the people of Haiti. His only failure was
his inability to overcome the brutal and corrupt power of the
U.S. and its determination to see him fail. "
"Cheap labor has always
been at the heart of U.S. -Haitian relations, ever since the Haitian
Revolution in 1804. It was actually a slave rebellion, the first
and still the only successful one in modern history. The U.S.
sided with French colonialism as the U.S. economy was based on
slavery at the time and Haiti represented the first "dangerous
"The armed insurrection
which contributed to unseating President Aristide on February
29, 2004, was the result of a carefully staged military-intelligence
operation. The rebel paramilitary army crossed the border from
the Dominican Republic in early February. It constitutes a well
armed, trained, and equipped paramilitary unit integrated by former
members of FRAPH, the "plain clothes" death squadrons,
involved in mass killings of civilians and political assassinations
during the CIA-sponsored 1991 military coup, which led to the
overthrow of the democratically elected government of Aristide.
During the military government (1991-1994), FRAPH was (unofficially)
under the jurisdiction of the Armed Forces. According to a 1996
U.N. Human Rights Commission report, FRAPH had been supported
by the CIA."
"The coup against Aristide
... must be understood not in isolation, but as the culmination
of activities that really began the minute he was re-elected in
2000. Destabilization efforts by the U.S. government, active U.S.
support for the creation of a so-called civil-society opposition,
and eventually the invasion of Haiti by an armed band of criminals
and murderers were all part of a process designed to ensure that
Haiti would return fully to the fold of the U.S. empire and its
minions in Haiti."
Bill Fletcher, Jr.
The long-suffering people of
Haiti suffered a catastrophic blow in February, 2004 when U.S.
Marines kidnapped and deposed democratically elected President
The U.S., supported by Canada
and France, forced him into exile, forbade him from even returning
to the hemisphere, and reestablished a despotic interim puppet
government backed and enforced by so-called UN peacekeepers and
a brutal Haitian National Police...
Why did the U.S. plan and carry
out this act of savage banditry against a leader beloved by his
people and last reelected in 2000 with 92% of the vote? It was
because he cared about the 80% or more desperately poor and disadvantaged
Haitians and was committed to improving their lives. He was determined
to serve their interests rather than those of his dominant northern
neighbor. That policy of any nation, especially less developed
ones, is always unacceptable to the predatory neoliberal agenda
of all U.S. administrations, the giant transnational corporations
whose interests they serve, and in Haiti, their elite junior business
partners. The Bush administration, in league with these dominant
business interests, intends to return this nation of 8.5 million
people, the poorest in the Americas, to its pre-Aristide status
of virtual serfdom. To do it they destroyed Haiti's freedom and
first ever democracy in its history and turned the country into
a killing field."
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