Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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.


At 11:05 AM, Blogger edgar said...

Hi Weaseldog,

I hate to be crude but at some point, if they gave a damn, they'd stop breeding. Airlift some damn condoms in there already. There were something like 380k orphans on their side of the island before the earthquake hit, no telling how many there are now. Another thing, even if one of them were to hit the lotto, and find someone from a first world country who wanted to adopt them, ask mammoth about the hassles you must go through. The same thing goes for aid, just send money, yeah, right. You just know that the ptb opened The World Book of Natural Resources to page 212, Haiti, before they did anything else, right? It's hopeless, and places like Haiti will die first. Wow, we're both just little rays of sunshine today, aren't we? Best.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Edgar, you know we can't send them condoms. It'll make the Pope and God mad.

Remember that every sperm is sacred.

Say you love the baby, then crucify the man. - Jim Croce

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Brian said...

awesome post as usual...

At 11:29 AM, Blogger edgar said...

[a positive idea]

At 4:00 PM, Blogger an average patriot said...

C17's are air dropping food and supplies in order to circumvent angry mobs and clogged streets.

We must get medical supplies, food, and water where it is needed and quick time is running out! This is not a military take over.

This is a large scale rescue and recovery mission. Like it or not NGO's are necessary but the military are the ones prepared to supervise the logistics of a mission of this scale.

As we discussed our military made the difference during Katrina and the Tsunami, and they are making the difference here. There is a new role for the military of the 21st century!

They are escaping Port-Au-Prince by the thousands now by land and sea. The scale of this is too much to handle. This will get much worse.

I have to laugh about the breeding. Before this there were 400,000 orphans for 9 million people. I was wondering if that is how they made their living. I just heard it blamed in Catholics and the priests!

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Patriot, it's not what the military is doing now that worries me. It's what comes later. After the USA loses interest in continuing aid to Haiti.

And yeah, I heard folks arguing that the Catholic policies on birth control are to blame. But among the poor, religion holds a strong grip.

As to Katrina, I though it was mainly Blackwater that provided aid by shooting a few folks, while mostly standing around wondering what they were there for. During Katrina, Bush worked hard to keep aid from reaching Louisiana while he played with his traveling photo opportunity caravan.

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Weaseldog said...

Edgar, I love that idea.

Those containers really seem like a great way to produce low cost housing for anyone. If properly painted and cared for, one of those could likely provide a home for multiple generations. Adding an extension would simply require bolting another container section onto your first one and doing a little work with a cutting torch and trim.

I've already got a few thoughts on how I'd put together such a project for my own use.


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