US Reoccupation of Haiti Ahead?
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Western dark forces colonized Haiti hundreds of years ago, the centuries-old curse of the nation and its long-suffering people.
Historian Howard Zinn explained it in his People’s History of the United States. See below.
Ahead of and after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, UN (MINUSTAH) peacekeeping paramilitaries occupied the country from 2004 – 2017.
Instead of securing peace and stability, building confidence, enforcing power-sharing agreements, providing electoral support, aiding reconstruction, upholding the rule of law, maintaining order, and aiding socioeconomic development, they enforced repressive rule as virtual US occupying force proxies — in beach of their UN Charter-mandated peacekeeping role.
Established by the Security Council on April 30, 2004 — following the Bush/Cheney regime’s ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide — so-called Blue Helmets were sent to enforce coup d’etat rule, serving US interests in breach of Haitian sovereignty.
In cahoots with Haitian National Police death squads, they repressively enforced imperial management of the nation and its people throughout their mandate — to make Haiti safe and secure for exploitive US/Western capitalist plunder.
Their presence was characterized by violent crackdowns of dissent, including massacres of Haitians involved in protests for rights denied them.
For hundreds of years — including after its late 18th century/early 19th century liberating revolution that achieved short-lived independence — Haitians were virtually enslaved by foreign occupiers.
They endured state-sponsored collective punishment through killings, massacres, rapes, arbitrary arrests, mass incarcerations, and forced labor amounting to chattel slavery.
Thousands of Haitian men were forcefully displaced to the Dominican Republic and other regional countries to work as virtual “sugar slaves.”
In his People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn explained that Arawak people on Hispaniola — comprising Haiti and Dominican Republic — “were hunted down with dogs and killed.”
Others were taken to Spain as slaves for work “at a ferocious pace (that killed) thousands.”
A 1650 report showed that “none of the original Arawaks or their descendants” remained – all exterminated or enslaved.
“Total control led to total cruelty. The Spaniards ‘thought nothing of knifing Indians by tens and twenties and of cutting slices off them to test the sharpness of their blades,’ ” according to Bartolome de las Las Casas, a priest participating in the conquest of Cuba, quoted by Zinn, adding:
By some estimates, eight million human beings perished.
“When we read the history books given to children in the United States, it all starts with heroic adventure-there is no bloodshed-and Columbus Day is a celebration” — for a genocidist left unexplained.
Zinn stressed that history is told “from the point of view of governments, conquerors, diplomats (and) leaders.” No one speaks for victims.
For over 500 years, Haitians’ long struggle for sustained liberty and justice remains unachieved, its earlier independence short-lived.
The hemisphere’s poorest country has the misfortune of being near its exploitive richest one — supporting repressive rule of its people by installed pro-Western puppet regimes.
Zinn explained that “the relationship between Haiti and the US (is that) of an oppressed colony to an imperial power.”
Is the country about to be repressively reoccupied by US forces again?
According to establishment media, Haiti’s (US-installed regime) asked for military assistance from its northern neighbor.
Its minister involved in US selections when so-called elections are held Mathias Pierre claimed that the ruling regime asked for US military help, according to the NYT.
At the same time, an unnamed Biden regime official said “there are no plans to provide US military assistance at this time.”
On Thursday, Haiti’s envoy to the US Edmond Bocchit said “we need (foreign) help.”
At her Friday press briefing, interventionist Blinken’s deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter said she “ha(d) nothing further to add on US assistance at this time,” adding:
The Biden regime is “ready to support (Haiti) ‘appropriately (sic).’ ”
“We won’t comment from here on the operational security that’s currently going on.”
Separately, White House press secretary Psaki said the Biden regime is sending FBI and DHS personnel to Haiti “in response to a specific request (sic).”
Or did Biden regime hardliners order them and Pentagon troops to reoccupy the country.
WaPo editors called for “swift and muscular international intervention,”urging reoccupation of Haiti by UN (paramilitary) Blue Helmets.
Miami Herald editors called for US intervention in the wake of a power vacuum.
Surprisingly, a NYT opinion piece said “Haiti’s problems cannot be solved by US intervention,” a nation “no longer (with) standing” based on its exploitive/repressive regional history.
Haiti and its people need help from responsible nations, not hegemons like the US and its imperial partners.
Looking ahead, nothing in prospect suggests relief and justice for its long-suffering people.
Continuation of what’s gone on repressively for over 500 years is virtually certain ahead — under whatever regime is installed by Haiti’s US colonial master.
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