War In Haiti?
Like every complex topic, the disaster in Haiti is bringing out a variety of opinions and emotions.
The horror of it, has only been mocked by a few. Pat Robertson being a notable in that regard. His hate and loathing for his fellow human beings appears to have no boundaries.
Over on the Automatic Earth, the fine writers are getting flak for pointing out that much of the world hasn't cared much for Haiti's suffering so far, nor has it done anything but oppress that small nation and contribute to the crisis. Now suddenly the world cares.
Republican think tanks are busy trying to figure out how to make a buck off the backs of wretched poor and dispossessed. But that's their thing. Their plan appears to be to come in with the military and take control, so that the drug trade can be cut off, and we can own the country outright.
I've seen a few commentators argue that if this gets the people fed, then the people of Haiti should welcome foreign occupation. The argument goes that the chance of maybe getting a meal, is worth losing your freedom for.
Is that our purpose as a nation? To make slaves of human beings, and maybe feed them? Are we going back to being a nation of plantation owners in Haiti, with Negro slaves in chains, bought and sold on auction blocks? Is this the new humanitarianism?
We are willing slaves to banks for homes and credit card corporations for nesting materials and toys. When banks can't pay a debt, they walk away and say, "Just try to sue me". We on the other hand, as good slaves, do everything we can to appease the lenders when we're down on our luck. If you have an accident at work, or contract cancer, these predatory organizations swoop in to finish us off.
Why then would we give the Haitians a break? Doesn't the oppressed tend to identify with the bully?
I've heard rumors that the Haitian debt to some nations may be forgiven. But this is likely nothing but a renegotiation, to help them borrow themselves deeper into debt. Their slavery will continue.
Haiti was an unfolding disaster before the Earthquake. It's decline may well accelerate now. The world can't afford to give that nation unlimited help. Soon Paris Hilton or another celebrity will be back in the news and our national consciousness will turn away to other diversions. Haiti will be forgotten. And it will be poorer than it was, when it's citizens baked mud pies with cooking oil, for their meals.
We've seen nations devolve in these conditions. The death squads will be coming soon. Massacres will become common place. The island will devolve into civil war. The first world is doing all it can to grow, as it's resource base diminishes. It can't sustain the relief effort Haiti needs. the island is too resource poor, and has too many humans on it. It must collapse.