Saturday, April 17, 2004

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More from Haiti

The salvage operation came to an end last month as 'rebels' continued to 'take cities'. I work in these 'cities' and I saw the rebels' modus operandi. They came in, shot the police - who usually numbered no more than two or three - and left. Only a similarly equipped counterforce could have stopped them. The beleaguered government appealed for help in the Security Council, but this was delayed by the Bush administration - delayed long enough for the government to fall, or be pushed out.

Did the US and France have a hand in Aristide's removal? Were he and his wife being held against their will? Most of Aristide's claims, initially disputed by US officials from Noriega to Donald Rumsfeld, are now acknowledged to be true. His enemies' claims that Aristide met with officials in Antigua - Aristide said they were not allowed to move from their seats - were undermined by reports from Antigua itself. Noriega acknowledged during a House hearing that Aristide did not know of his destination until less than an hour before landing in the Central African Republic. Even CAR officials acknowledge that no Haitian authorities were involved in the choice of destination.


Read, weep, etc. You know the drill.