US Empire on Haiti: dictatorship and genocide

January 28, 2011
US Empire on Haiti: dictatorship and genocide (Photo: © Arindam Banerjee | )
The version that the earthquake on Haiti on January 12, 2010 was artificial came up on the first days after the disaster.Then 250,000 Haitians died, about 300,000 were wounded and more than two million people (2% of the population) became homeless. Thousands of buildings including the Presidential palace, the parliamentary building, the UN peacekeeping mission’s headquarters, trade centers, schools and hospitals were destroyed.

According to some analytical articles published on the Internet, Pentagon stood behind the disaster: Haiti became a training area for a test of a seismic weapon (the earthquake machine). A strike of seven points on the Richter scale hit the targeted zone. That “earthquake” had no consequences in the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Almost right after the earthquake Pentagon brought its contingent on Haiti: the 82nd airborne division, the marine infantry and engineering units. Pentagon took control over the remaining components of the infrastructure, the US flight operations officers took control over the airport of Port-au-Prince. As a consequence there was a discrimination of flights with humanitarian cargos from “populist countries”, creation of obstacles for the work of Cuban and Venezuelan rescuers and doctors. The US made it clear to the representatives of the non-friendly countries that they were not being regarded as partners in the humanitarian operation. On Haiti the US is using all means - surveillance, provocations, threats – in order to get rid of those who supplied energy resources to Haiti, helped it to improve the health care services and fight illiteracy long before the disaster.

Pentagon’s dictatorship on Haiti has completely disorganized the management system on the island making it dependant on the US. Amid the devastation the Haitian President Rene Preval put up with his role of an executor of the orders given by the US ambassador Kenneth Merten, who made it clear without hiding behind a diplomatic decorum that the US contingent would stay on Haiti for an indefinite period. The establishment of another US military base in the Caribbean Sea is explained by Pentagon’s plans on creating an overwhelming strategic superiority in the region, neutralization of the military alliance of Cuba and Venezuela, which have agreed to help each other in case of an aggression. One year after the landing of the US troops on Haiti it is obvious that a humanitarian campaign is of minor importance for the US contingent. It is not surprising that in one year the US has not achieved any significant progress in this field.

The US servicemen and USAID workers are trying to avoid direct contacts with the local population. By 90 % the local population consists of ancestors of the black slaves from Western Africa. It is hard for Americans not to show their “imperial superiority” and Haitians respond with hatred. The ruins, under which hundreds of bodies were buried, are still a predominating component of the local landscape. Tent camps stretch across the shore for many miles, lack of fresh water and food, loads of trash, domestic crimes, the increase in drug consumption – all these things keep the degree of discontent at the critical point.

Insanitary conditions caused outbreaks of different diseases – salmonellosis, swamp fever, tuberculosis, AIDS. The outbreak of cholera became another disaster on the island. Though 900 doctors from Cuba are now fighting cholera all over Haiti the mass media say nothing about them. What is behind this information blockade?

Haitians believe the outbreak of cholera is part of the occupants’ secret program on “the liberation” of the country from people.They do not believe the version saying that cholera was brought on the island by the Nepalese people from the UN supporting contingent. Over a short period of time 3,700 people died of cholera while in total more than 170,000 infected were registered. President Preval voiced an opinion that the Republic of Haiti had become a victim of a biological attack. The goal of that attack was the neutralization of the resistance and the weakening of the country turning it into politically amorphous territory fully controlled by the US.The assistance provided by Cuban doctors contradicts “cannibal” (one can hardly find another adjective) plans of the Yankee’s Empire. Thisiswheretheinformationalblockadecomesfrom.At a press conference the UN’s representative on Haiti N. Fischer praised the contribution of the Cuban doctors in fighting cholera saying that they are able to win the epidemics. But amid the hysterical news about cholera’s offense his optimism found no feedback in the Western news agencies. The rule of the Western mass media is to speak about Cubans only negative things or nothing at all.

In late November 2010, general elections were held on Haiti. The people weakened by hardships were to elect the president and the members of the parliament. After the first round was held 12 of 18 presidential candidates declared that the results had been framed. The US embassy, which was promoting its candidate Jude Célestin from the Unidad Party (the successor of Preval) was in an awkward situation. Insisting on Célestin’s candidacy it could easily get into trouble: most of the voters did not like Célestin and the results even despite numerous false votes were not impressive. The promise to “recount” votes was met with people’s indignation. The second round of the elections slated on January 16 was canceled. It was a dead-locked situation. At the same time many Haitians were demanding to bring back Jean-Bertrand Aristide, alegally elected president, who was in exile in South Africa in the result of the CIA’s conspiracy. The return of a successor of the Liberation theology who favored populist politicians, especially Chavez contradicts Washington’s plans. All the attempts by Aristide to get a Haitian passport and to return have been blocked.

However “Baby Doc”, the son of the dictator Francois Duvalier, has been given the green light by the US and France to return to Haiti. Jean-ClaudeDuvalier ruled the country with his iron hand for 15 years and was involved in the physical liquidation of 50,000 Haitians. After almost a 25-year absence and a comfortable life in Paris he decided, as he says - to take part in the revival of Haiti. Political analysts believe that it the US and France are playing with “the Baby Doc card” in order to deviate the attention of Haitians the failure of the democratic elections. The statements that Haitians are missing a firm hand and Baby Doc has the potential to bring order as a temporary political figure are emerging in the US mass media. The experiment has begun but it is too early to make conclusions.

The former associates of “Baby Doc” are showing some enthusiasm again. Resigned colonels, mayors and lieutenants are holding meetings, discussing variants and succession of their moves. The young generation does not remember the old sins of “Baby Doc”, punitive actions of tonton-macoutes. That’s the chance! It is not excluded that Duvalier will have to go though “purification” proceedings. So far he has been accused only of corruption. Repressions and reprisals against the opponents of regime are still out of this context. The lawyers insist that Jean-ClaudeDuvalier can not be prosecuted due to expiry of period of limitations. That means that there won’t be any formal obstacles for him to run for the presidency.

The Duvalier family served the US faithfully. Now "Baby Doc" gets a new opportunity to be of service to the Empire. The variants of political and economic interaction have been discussed in Paris. The most important issue is the oil reserves in the shelf near Haiti and their development.

Officials in Washington have already spoken for the cancelation of the November election results - in order to avoid further aggravation of political conflicts within the country. Jean-Claude Duvalier will take part in the new elections. He is confident he has chances to win.