[Marxism] When Is A President Not The President?

Tony Abdo gojack10 at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 8 19:53:54 MST 2004


When Is A President Not A President?

There are three answers to the question...
1) When he has not been elected.
2) When foreign troops are installing that person into the Presidency.
3) When the American propaganda team (Associated Press) is calling someone a 
President, but the 'natives' might be calling a voodoo puppet from Bush.

Note: the CIA infuenced AP describes the real president of Haiti this way... 
"Aristide was a wildly popular slum priest".    True, and Bush is an oily, 
wildly popular, alcohol influenced Jesus freak."

The UN is on its way!    Maybe we should begin to think of the UN as another 
division of the US military?    There is the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, 
Coast Guard, Border Patrol, and the United Nations.     Team America 
installing Peace.......     It's a very pretty picture indeed.     No wonder 
the liberal wing of the American 'Peace Movement' wants to turn over 
Afghanistan and Iraq to the UN.    Maybe it was Jimmy Carter who gave the UN 
a call about Haiti?    Or Al Gore even?

Tony Abdo
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Haiti's Interim President Urges Calm
By PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press Writer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haiti's interim president took the reins of his 
country's shattered government Monday as supporters of Jean-Bertrand 
Aristide demanded the ousted leader's return. U.S. Marines acknowledged they 
killed one of seven people gunned down in weekend violence — the first armed 
action of their week-old mission here.

Military helicopters circled overhead and U.S. Marines in armored cars 
patrolled the streets Monday outside the National Palace as Boniface 
Alexandre was formally installed.

"Aristide or death!" Aristide supporters yelled at the gates of the palace 
during the ceremony, their shouts carrying into the room where Alexandre 
urged his countrymen to remain calm.

"We are all brothers and sisters," said Alexandre, who has served as 
president for a week and was officially sworn in Feb. 29. "We are all in the 
same boat, and if it sinks, it sinks with all of us."

Earlier, Aristide declared from his African exile that he was still 
president of Haiti and urged "peaceful resistance" in his homeland.

"I am the democratically elected president and I remain so. I plead for the 
restoration of democracy," Aristide said from Bangui, Central African 
Republic, in his first public appearance since he fled Haiti Feb. 29 aboard 
a plane chartered by the U.S. government.

Aristide said his departure was a "political kidnapping (that) unfortunately 
opened the road to an occupation."

The United States denies Aristide's charge that he was forced to step down. 
But the 15-nation Caribbean Community has called for an international 
investigation.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said, "If Mr. 
Aristide really wants to serve his country, he really has to, we think, let 
his nation get on with the future and not try to stir up the past again."

Aristide was a wildly popular slum priest, elected on promises to champion 
the poor who make up the vast majority of Haiti's 8 million people. But he 
has lost support, with Haitians saying he failed to improve their lives, 
condoned corruption and used police and armed supporters to attack his 
political opponents.

U.S. Marines and French Legionnaires have been in Haiti since Aristide's 
departure Feb. 29, the vanguard of a U.N. force to restore peace to the 
country, where a monthlong rebellion left more than 130 dead. On Monday, 
there were about 1,600 Marines, 800 French soldiers and police and 130 
Chilean troops in Haiti.

A United Nations  team was on its way to Haiti to plan for a multinational 
force that will deploy there within the next three months, a U.N. spokesman 
said Monday.

On Monday, hundreds of people ransacked Port-au-Prince's industrial park, 
carrying away wood paneling, toilets, even a plastic Mickey Mouse. One 
looter wore the top part of horse costume on his head as he made off with a 
mirror. The looting took place less than half a mile from the international 
airport where U.S. Marines have set up base.

Alexandre urged people "to keep calm. No one has the right to do justice by 
themselves."

Monday's pro-Aristide demonstration was mostly peaceful, a sharp contrast to 
the massive anti-Aristide protest Sunday in which seven people were killed, 
including a foreign journalist.

U.S. Marines acknowledged Monday they killed one gunman at Sunday's 
demonstration. "He had a gun and he was shooting at Marines," Col. Charles 
Gurganus told reporters Monday.

Gurganus said they did not know who the man was, did not know where his body 
is, and did not have his weapon, which he said was snatched by someone.

The violence, the worst bloodshed since Aristide fled, led both opponents 
and supporters of Aristide to threaten armed action, damaging efforts to 
reach a frail peace.

Chief rebel leader Guy Philippe said Sunday's attack never would have 
happened if his men had not been asked to lay down their arms. He warned 
Monday that "I will reunite my men and take up arms" if the peacekeepers did 
not disarm Aristide loyalists blamed for Sunday's attack.

Later, Philippe met with opposition leader Evans Paul, with whom he has 
wanted to discuss reconstituting Haiti's disgraced army, whose brutality and 
corruption is blamed for keeping Haiti in misery.

Ignoring Aristide's claims to Haiti's leadership, a recently appointed 
seven-member Council of Sages was interviewing three top candidates for 
prime minister Monday, to replace Aristide appointee Yvon Neptune.

The new premier, whom the council hoped to name on Tuesday, would form a 
transitional government from Aristide's Lavalas party and a disparate 
opposition coalition.

The candidates are:

_ Businessman Smarck Michel, Aristide's prime minister in 1994-1995 who 
resigned over differences in economic policy.

_ Retired Lt. Gen. Herard Abraham, who is probably the only Haitian army 
officer to voluntarily surrender power to a civilian, in 1990. He allowed 
the transition that led to Haiti's first free elections in December 1990, 
which Aristide won in a landslide.

_ Gerard Latortue, a former U.N. official and an international business 
consultant who was foreign minister in 1988 to former President Leslie 
Manigat. Manigat was toppled in one of the 32 coups fomented by Haiti's 
army, which ousted Aristide in 1991 and was disbanded after 20,000 troops 
came to Haiti in 1994 to halt an exodus of boat people to Florida and 
restore democracy.
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Associated Press writers Ian James and Peter Prengaman contributed to this 
report from Port-au-Prince.

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