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Friday, October 08, 2004

Haiti: Example of US "commitment to democracy"

While the neo-cons original justification for the invasion, overthrow and occupation of Iraq was lies about weapons of mass destruction and an "imminent threat", the new excuse peddled about by these megalomaniacs is that they are "creating democracy in the Middle East" and that this democracy will spread throughout the Middle East.

I wonder if the Haitians know about this "creating democracy" business the Americans are up to. Because you see what the neo-cons won't talk about is how in the spring of 2004, the US along with the "hated" French, overthrew the democratically elected government of Haiti and supported thugs from the death squads of the Duvalier regime, a regime which was one of the most brutal and repressive in a region that has had its fair share of brutal and repressive dictatorships. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Let me introduce you to some of the "forces of democracy" we backed and are backing in Haiti.

Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a former Haitian army officer sentenced to life at hard labor in connection with the 1993 assassination of political activist Antoine Izméry

Jean-Pierre Baptiste, likewise sentenced to life for his role in a 1994 massacre. Both were leaders of the FRAPH, or Haitian Front for Advancement and Progress, a CIA-backed organization that carried out state terror against opponents of the military regime that ruled the country from 1991 to 1994.

Guy Philippe, a former member of the Haitian military who received training from US Special Forces in Ecuador in the 1990s and was then sent back to Haiti, where he became a brutal police chief and sought to organize a coup in 2000. He is suspected of involvement in cocaine trafficking.

Aristide is the democratically elected leader of Haiti. He "got out of line" by not fulfilling America's mandatory economic 'reforms' called for by the IMF, which was part of the "agreement" Clinton had made with Aristide before backing his reinstatement in 1994. As so many before him have learned, if you do not kowtow to US business interests, you will face the death squads. Democracy be damned, we're making the world safe for capitalism.

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