[Marxism] The Militant: "No indication" of US involvement in Haitian uprising?!?!

Steve Gabosch bebop101 at comcast.net
Wed Mar 3 03:42:42 MST 2004


Jim F. asks, responding to a post from Einde O'Callaghan, who in turn was 
responding to a post by Walter Lippman:

>Even the NY Times says that Aristide was given the
>push by the US.  Why the apologetics on the
>part of The Militant for the Bush Administration
>concerning Haiti (and previously Iraq)?
>Jim F.

Some confusion seems to be cropping up over what the Militant is saying 
about Haiti.  I have reprinted the editorial Walter quoted from below.  The 
Militant is not saying that the US is "not involved" in the Haitian 
uprising, that it gave no "push" to it, and it certainly is not 
"apologizing" for the Bush Administration.

The Militant states in its March 8 editorial: "There is no indication that 
Washington engineered the current military uprising.  The forces the U.S. 
imperialists helped set in motion to unseat the Aristide administration 
have taken their own course, throwing the country into chaos and 
instability. Even though the U.S. rulers are now giving tacit support to 
the rebels, they are worried about being openly identified with a return to 
power of forces associated with the Tonton Macoutes, at a time when they 
are pushing to extend imperialist domination around the world in the name 
of “democracy.”

The Militant's analysis of the relationship of Washington to the uprising 
is summarized thusly: "...Washington does not particularly care to keep the 
Aristide government in power and will do nothing to stop the rightist 
insurgents from taking over the capital if they amass the forces to do so."

The key word that may be causing confusion in the sentence that Walter 
quoted - I'm sorry to have to say, out of context - is "engineered."  Left 
alone, without explanation, the sentence "There is no indication that 
Washington engineered the current military uprising" conveys the opposite 
of what is actually being said.  The following sentence is essential to 
clarify the intended meaning.  According to the Militant's analysis, the 
military uprising was not "engineered" by Washington, but Washington indeed 
"helped set in motion" forces to unseat the Aristide administration.

If people have specific indications to the contrary - that the uprising was 
indeed "engineered" by Washington - then the discussion should revolve 
around factual evidence.  Perhaps it was "engineered", and not just 
"helped" by Washington.  What are the facts?

As for the inferences about the Militant that seem to be getting drawn, 
that the Militant is taking an apologetic stance toward the Bush 
Administration, that it is not placing responsibility on U.S. imperialism, 
etc., people can judge for themselves by reading the editorial.  I myself 
draw no such inferences.  By my reading, the editorial is saying precisely 
the opposite.

Also, below is the URL for the March 8 issue's lead article, on the Haiti 
situation, which offers further analysis on the role of Washington, the 
nature of the forces involved in the uprising, and the historical context, 
such as the overthrow of Duvalier, the death squads, and the evolution of 
the Aristide administration.  (BTW, the closing news date for this issue 
was February 24, over a week ago, prior to Aristide fleeing the country).

- Steve



lead March 8 article on Haiti:
http://themilitant.com/2004/6809/index.shtml/


editorial:
The Militant      March 8, 2004
U.S. troops out of Haiti
(editorial)

No Canadian, French, or U.S. troops to Haiti! Working people should oppose 
imperialist intervention in the Caribbean nation. The supposed concern of 
the White House for Haitian blood now being shed, and for “democracy,” 
amounts to nothing but crocodile tears.

We need to remember that the very same imperialist powers intervening in 
Haiti once again have a long record of open support for one of the most 
brutal dictatorships in the history of humanity­the Duvalier regime. Under 
that tyranny, the infamous Tonton Macoutes death squads spread terror among 
the Haitian toilers, with the blessing of Washington and Paris. Many of the 
same brutal thugs associated with that reign of terror, and with the 
subsequent military regime that ousted the first Aristide government in a 
1991 coup, are now leading another military coup against a “democratically 
elected president.”

There is no indication that Washington engineered the current military 
uprising. The forces the U.S. imperialists helped set in motion to unseat 
the Aristide administration have taken their own course, throwing the 
country into chaos and instability. Even though the U.S. rulers are now 
giving tacit support to the rebels, they are worried about being openly 
identified with a return to power of forces associated with the Tonton 
Macoutes, at a time when they are pushing to extend imperialist domination 
around the world in the name of “democracy.” The imposition of certain 
bourgeois democratic forms is not just the rationalization for the 
Anglo-American occupation of Iraq. Washington has also expanded its 
military intervention in Colombia and is planning to use those bases as a 
beachhead for a possible assault on Venezuela on the pretext that the 
government of President Hugo Chávez there is “undemocratic.” So the U.S. 
rulers are trying to give the appearance of a “neutral” mediator between 
the Haitian government and the coup plotters. At the same time, Washington 
does not particularly care to keep the Aristide government in power and 
will do nothing to stop the rightist insurgents from taking over the 
capital if they amass the forces to do so.

The Aristide administration, a bourgeois nationalist regime that has relied 
time and again on imperialist benevolence and goon-like police violence 
against opponents, has helped lead working people once again to the wall. A 
victory by the rightist insurgents would be a big defeat for Haitian 
toilers. But working people in Haiti, or any other country for that matter, 
can’t look for a solution to the imperialist masters who bankrolled and 
propped up their henchmen over decades in the past. Only through the 
independent organization of working people into a proletarian party that 
can lead workers and peasants to carry out a successful social revolution 
will the toiling masses of Haiti rid themselves once and for all of the 
Tonton Macoutes­and all their modern incarnations dressed up as liberators 
or democrats or even socialists­along with the domination by their 
imperialist masters. In doing this they would be emulating the course taken 
by the workers and farmers of neighboring Cuba, who ousted the U.S.-backed 
Batista tyranny 45 years ago, ended imperialist domination, and opened the 
door to the socialist revolution in the Americas.

In the United States, Canada, France, and other citadels of finance 
capital, working people need to focus our fire on the ruling class in each 
of these countries and demand: Imperialist troops out of Haiti! End the 
country’s debt slavery­cancel Haiti’s foreign debt now!

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