March 2, 2004
Mr. Powells Credibility on Haiti
BUZZFLASH READER COMMENTARY
I believe that the US removed Mr. Aristide forcibly,
as he and his friends report. I think that it was a coup and
that the rationale comes from the hard right beliefs of Roger Noriega
Otto Reich. They think that Aristide, along with Chavez of Venezuela
and others in Central and South America, are leaning towards Cuba and
Fidel Castro. Reich would like to rid Latin America and the
Caribbean of all Left leaning regimes. But lets put
that aside. Lets stipulate that Aristide did leave of his
own free will.
Here is how Secretary of State Colin Powell describes his version of what happened:
morning in the newspapers, we see stories of the looting of the home
of the Aristides. There are family photos strewn
grand piano in the front yard and people picking through
his belongings. [Independent].
When we went into Iraq, we didnt protect the nuclear facilities that had been sealed by the IAEA and as a result yellowcake was strew about the villages. We said that places like Tuwaitha were too large to protect the perimeter, so looting resulted. There is no such problem with the Aristide house. The Marines could have secured the house immediately. Mr. Powell says that we had made a specific promise to Aristide that his belongings would be protected and that Aristide made his decision to leave based on that promise. If Powell cannot be believed when he says that he will protect something as simple as the family photos, how can we believe anything else that he says?
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