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|Posted September 5, 2003|
|Special Report - An extremely painful comparative analysis of lives By Yves A. Isidor|
Slightly less than four months from now, or on January 1, 2004, Haiti will shamefully, and extremely so, celebrate what many, both Haitians and non-Haitians, loudly consider to be regarded as 200 years of birth, marked by extreme suffering, dictatorship, kleptocracy, as also reflected in the Caribbean nation voluminous catalogue of evil.
Why not 200 years of independence? Of one thing reasonable people cannot disagree about that Haiti (by any measure one of the poorest nations on earth) has been occupied twice by the United States, and it would be better for those who continue to lend credence to the contention that Haiti will soon catharticly celebrate its bicentenary of independence to alternately conclude it will celebrate 200 years of its largely interrupted independence, 200 years of its troubled history; alternately, two hundred years of tortured history, to be precise.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide (the psychopath is neither attractive, nor physically striking, and is said to have suffered from severe malnutrition in the early years of his rural life), of course, the latest perennial and uncommonly vicious tyrant to be, has ultimately led Haiti to self-annihilation of late, as the extremely unpleasant state of affairs, social conditions for example, in the Caribbean nation suggests.
Long considered a continuing and growing major threat to United States' national security, presumably since he is seriously committed to sympathize with terrorists, to traffic in narcotics, by proxy, with the U.S. as one of his major markets, the little man Aristide, who is known to have indirectly organized perilous voyages of Haitian boat people (flood of refugees) to Florida from Haiti, and this in an effort to, hopefully, force the George W. Bush's administration to give his de facto government millions of dollars in foreign aid, even causing the president to lose the next presidential election, though scheduled to be held in November 2004, as was the case on October 29, 2002 when more than 220 Haitian boat people (The October 29, 2002 tragedy) landed in Florida while his brother, Jeb Bush, was arduously working the campaign trail to remain in the governor's mansion, sure enjoys an ultra-luxury quality of life - not bad at all for a man still of pronounced Marxist tendencies who was born in a mud hut and grew up dirt-poor in the Haiti remote village of Beaulieu, not the provincial town of Port-Salut, as he always claims.
Of course, what is true for an honest man is not true for Aristide. By way of alternative, a straight line connects Aristide (many say he also traffics in fantasy and hypocrisy) to an ultra-pathological liar, if not a grand thief, too.
"The cold beer will soon be awaiting you; the hot barbecue will be there for you in the near term," firebrand Aristide long ago and repeatedly thereafter memorably promised the vast majority of Haitians, whose abject poverty defines their daily lives.
What else, you wonder, Big Man, in internationally accepted uses of the term, Aristide promised the vast majority of Haitians who not long ago finally turned to God (Haitians pray) for help, a manifestation of despair?
"Oh, don't forget about the super highways" - only less than three of the 1,000 kilometers of new roads Aristide promised to be built in the late 90s were ever built with the help of the World Bank - "that I will soon build for you, in fact better than those in the U.S.; and I swear a thousand times ... two thousand times ... ten thousand times; this is what your new material conditions will be like in the near future; you men and women may now start contracting marriage; couples will soon be able to take a walk on the highways as if they each were the equivalent of two lovely birds and, sure Haiti will soon be a nice country... no more signs of an eroding quality of life that threats not only you Haitians but the land of this nation."
Did he deliver (Haiti: A country tortured history, a nation in turmoil - added Wednesday, January 4, 2006) the vast majority of Haitians from dehumanizing poverty, even those in the lower lower social class (measured as a combination of occupation, income, education, wealth, and other x independent variables, sometimes referred to as explanatory variables, because of their role in explaining the variability in the dependent variable y, also predictor variables, because of their role in predicting y) were absorbed, at least, into the working class, the (y) dependent variable?
If one thinks of tyrant Aristide as a man who lived up to his promises, the case for trusting a lawyer, thanks to his convincing words, to operate on a patient, or a blind person teaching someone how to drive an automobile, would really not be weak. Only him and a few cronies managed to climb to the upper upper echelons of Haitian economic respectability, from the upper middle-class, by virtue of corruption, engaging in the pillage of Haiti's public treasury, for example.
Visualize the ultra-luxury quality of life of Aristide and the material conditions of the vast majority of Haitians
Ruthless, brutal and lethal dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who have murdered an innumerable number of Haitians, mainly his own critics, his wife Mildred and partners in crime material conditions of extra-luxury nature, which certainly contradicts Aristide's contention that he "would rather perish,"at the very least economically, "without the extremely poor Haitians than succeeding without them."
Today, the social divide, the economic divide - to paraphrase the words of New York Times' Tim Weiner in a September 5, 2003 article, dealing with the sorrows of Liberia, the poorest nation on earth, if one is to lend credence to a recent review of government records and an investigation by United Nations' experts - runs so deep that it is like a geologic fault in the earth of the small Caribbean nation of Haiti. (Please see photographs below)
The unbelievable quality of life of dirt-poor nature of the vast majority of Haitians, whom rapacious Aristide told communism would save from capitalism, promised to deliver from abject poverty, only to not long ago once again defrauded millions of them, via a co-operative scheme. Millions of Haitians, as reported by The New York Times on July 20, 2002, too (A get-rich scheme collapses, leaving Haiti even poorer), lost their hard-earned life savings - more than U.S. $220 million.
Adding kidnapping and severe beating to grand robbery, many of the victims, including Rosemond Jean, were later kidnapped and tortured by Aristide's narco-thugs for solely demanding that thief Aristide, as they repeatedly called him during public protests, reimburse them. (Please see photographs below)
|Do I, monarch Jean-Bertrand Aristide, care about the dirt-poor Haitians? Sure, I do, and a great deal. See, see: you can't compare the estates, below, that I, pesky, devious totalitarian dictator, have built for them to my simple house, my reasonable price chair. (AP Photo/Daniel Morel)|
|What do you think? The estates built for the dirt-poor Haitians by tyrants Jean-Bertrand Aristide, prettier than Aristide's simple house, above. (AP Photo/Daniel Morel)|
|The daily lives of dirt-poor Haitians; crushing poverty. (AP Photo/Daniel Morel)|
|Uncommonly vicious tyrant Jean-Bertrand in one of his ultra-luxury offices at the Haitian national palace.|
|STAND ALONE PHOTO PACKAGE ** A wheelbarrow holding produce sits in polluted waters in Port-au-Prince's sprawling market known as Croix-des-Bossales, Sept. 3, 2003. Built where the country's main slave market stood and where many of Haiti's descendants first arrived, now the market is a teeming, polluted mass of vendor and an acute image of the country's crushing poverty. (AP Photo/ Gregory Bull)|
|Notoriously corrupt to the teeth dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide' palace.|
|STAND ALONE PHOTO PACKAGE ** Elise Dunwell passes food vendors and piles of rotting waste in Port-au-Prince's sprawling market known as Croix-des-Bossales, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)|
|Monstrous Jean-Bertrand Aristide's fleet of luxurious SUVs and one of his many expensive helicopters. (AP Photo/Daniel Morel)|
Today, if some issues sum up Haitians cannot-continue predicament, they are the many protests against totalitarian dictatorship, de facto or president-for-life, and dehumanizing poverty. Haitians vow to force hell-sent tyrant Aristide out of the office of the Haitian presidency, they urgently need the Unites States' help so their beloved Haiti will not, too, become a heaven for terrorist groups, such as Al-Qaeda
|Alexis Clerius, a Haitian political activist, gives a speech to a crowd of reporters in front of the Organization of American States (OAS) compound in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003. A crowd of nearly 100 protesters chanted slogans and gave speeches, calling on the OAS to denounce the Aristide's government. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)|
|A boy spray paints graffiti on the walls of the Organization of American States (OAS) compound in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003. To his right reads, 'down with Aristide.' A group of nearly 100 protesters chanted slogans and gave speeches Thursday, calling on the OAS to denounce the Arisitide government. (AP Photos/Gregory Bull)|
|Elizabeth Cullity, director of the political section of the Organization of American States (OAS) mission to Haiti, above center, talks with a group of protesters at the entrance to the OAS compound in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003. A group of nearly 100 protesters chanted slogans and gave speeches, calling on the OAS to denounce the Aristide government. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)|
The other threat posed by madman Aristide, and it is serious - What I say and argue below, as well as above, cannot be called into doubt because there is no lack of discoveries, in retrospect, the brutal murder of prominent Haitian radio journalist and commentator Jean Léopold Dominique and that of Brignol Lindor, for example
Consider his proven record of egregious crimes, from the start to the present. It is a bad idea to assume ferocious dictator, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, can only burn alive a lot more of his political opponents, human rights and democracy advocates, to also mention those opposed to the illicit drug trade, in Haiti.
It is reasonable to ask the following question.
What is the anticipated alternative, of wider concern - that is, of chief bandit Aristide murdering a lot more of Haitians by other means, if he is not soon removed, to be specific, by force (hard power), like it was the case for always-blood-thirsty former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, from the office of the Haitian presidency he has long occupied, and illegally so, by the United States so one of the major threats, a sort of "Damocles Sword," to its national security may cease to be and thereafter help the vast majority of Haitians promote democracy and human rights (the latter two can help achieve the union of liberty and prosperity that have eluded Haitians for nearly 200 years), by virtue of its long and uninterrupted experience in the latter two ideals?
The answer, chief among many others, lies in the unpleasant photograph, below, much like in the hundreds of others of nearly or the same nature published in "The Wall of Blood" section of this journal.
What, ultimately, may follow Aristide's thuggish dictatorship savage repression? Freedom fighters who dare to dream of reforming Haiti's system of justice and governance, and move towards democracy will cease, at least temporarily, to represent a challenge to the dictator's hopes to usher a new period of totalitarian dictatorship supremacy over democracy - it is defined not simply by voting rights but by pluralism and respect for the rights of minorities - and human rights.
Larry C. Price/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1980, via The New York Times
|A Liberian soldier preparing to shoot one of 13 government ministers executed on a beach in Monrovia in April 1980. The executions took place in the wake of a military coup headed by Master Sgt. Sammuel K. Doe, an illiterate.|
Yves A. Isidor, the executive editor of wehaitians.com and spokesperson for We Haitians United We Stand For Democracy, a Cambridge, MA.-based nonpartisan political pressure group, teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
See also: /Haiti: 'The world doesn't any idea how bad this situation is getting' / Haiti's 200 years of wasted hopes /Aristide's populist appeal dwindles in Haititi / More of monarch Jean-Bertrand Aristide's egregious crimes / Waiting in totalitarian dictator Aristide's hell, more Haitians are likely to risk their lives in perilous waters to come to Uncle Sam's paradise / More Special Reports
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