[Marxism] The Militant: "No indication" of US involvement in Haitian uprising?!?!
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)?
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
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
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).
lead March 8 article on Haiti:
The Militant March 8, 2004
U.S. troops out of Haiti
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
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,
cant 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
countrys debt slaverycancel Haitis foreign debt now!
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