[Marxism] The United Nations- Pathetic Shadow of US and French Imperialism in Haiti
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Wed Mar 31 12:56:19 MST 2004
The UN just ignores the fact that all Caribbean governments have rejected
the legitimacy of the US coup in Haiti. Instead, they talk of a 20 year
project for Haiti, though they have come up with less than $10 million so
far. That's about $1 of relief aid for every Haitian!
The UN has been turned into a quasi-relief organization and US public
relations firm in areas like Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, and now Haiti.
When will they turn their humanitarian chortle into talking up relief for
Colombian refugees of US warfare? After a US coup in Venezuela succeeds no
One of the worst things the European and US Lefts ever did, was to actually
promote the United Nations as being somehow a legitimate replacement for
Yugoslav central government control in that country. We can see the legacy
of this today in Haiti and Iraq. Soon we will see John Kerry and the UN vs
US Cowboy Bush play out in the campaign. And how much of the US anitwar
movement is prepared to fight the idea of the UN taking over for Bush and
Get the US out of the United Nations Now! The John Birch Society finally
convincd me on this one.
U.N. Envoy Urges 20-Year Haiti Commitment
Wed Mar 31
By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer
UNITED NATIONS - The international community must make a commitment of at
least 20 years to bring peace to Haiti and raise living standards in the
Western hemisphere's poorest nation, the special U.N. envoy said.
Returning from a 10-day trip to Haiti, envoy Reginald Dumas told reporters
Tuesday that 10 international missions to Haiti in the last decade had
failed because there was no sustained commitment.
"We cannot continue with the start-stop cycle that has characterized
relations between the international community and Haiti. You go in, you
spend a couple of years, you leave, the Haitians are not necessarily
involved and the whole thing collapses. This has to stop," Dumas said he
told the council.
The United Nations (news - web sites) and a U.S.-led multinational force are
trying to stabilize Haiti after a three-week rebellion led Haiti's first
democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to flee a month
ago. U.N. peacekeepers, probably led by Brazil, are to take over the force
in early June, Dumas said.
"Clearly, a lot of people in Haiti are not exactly thrilled with the thought
of yet another mission, especially when it is an armed mission," he said.
"There has to be a long-term commitment, which I perceive the council is
ready and willing to give," Dumas said, adding that he thinks it should be
"not less than 20 years."
"It must be coordinated assistance. It must be sustained assistance, and it
must be assistance that involves the people of Haiti. It cannot be a
situation in which the U.N. or some other agency goes in a says `I have this
for you.' There has to be discussion. There has to be cooperation, or else
it will fail again," he warned.
While the situation has improved since his initial visit, when he couldn't
leave the capital Port-au-Prince, Dumas said "the institutions of Haiti have
virtually collapsed in terms of health, education, justice, human rights,
the police..." In addition, drugs continue to pass through the country,
armed gangs terrorize civilians, and there is "a great deal of kidnapping
for ransom," he said.
Haiti's interim leaders are trying to start rebuilding, but the United
Nations has raised just a little over a quarter of the $35 million in
emergency relief needed to help the shattered country, and Cabinet minister
say they don't have money to do anything.
The political situation also remains unsettled.
Chile's U.N. Ambassador Heraldo Munoz, whose country has contributed troops
to the multinational force, said council members noted some contrary
Prime Minister Gerard Latortue's government has not been recognized by
Caribbean leaders, who criticized him at a summit last week for praising as
"freedom fighters" the rebels, including convicted assassins, who helped
bring about Aristide's downfall.
The Caribbean Community called again at the summit for a U.N.-led
investigation into claims that Aristide was removed from office by American
Jamaica's U.N. envoy, whose country heads the 15-nation community, was
trying to reach General Assembly President Julian Hunte to discuss the
possibility of the 191-nation world body "examining the situation," General
Assembly spokeswoman Michele Montas said.
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