[News] Haiti - None Dare Call It Genocide
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None Dare Call It Genocide by JOHN MAXWELL
Sunday, June 29, 2008
It may come as a surprise to many more Europeans
than to American white people that a great many
intelligent and sophisticated people of African
ancestry are convinced that there are important
classes of whites who are conspiring to wipe them off the face of the Earth.
This may be the most pervasive conspiracy theory
of all because it is made more credible by an
impressive history of genocidal attacks on black
people and other non-whites. Advocates for
'Indians' of the Amazon say the natives believe
they are threatened not simply by greedy ranchers
and gold miners but by missionaries from the
United States, hoping to clear oil-rich areas of
the indigenous populations as in Darfur. In
Bolivia, for example, the recent attempt by some
provinces to disaffiliate themselves from the
rest of the state is seen as a kind of
proto-genocide aimed at separating the richest
land from control by the majority Indian populations.
The slave trade was itself a genocidal operation
as well as a plutocratic enterprise, and there
are those who say that the damage done by the
slave trade has been grievously underestimated,
in order to deprecate the importance of Africans
and their civilisations and therefore their worth in the world.
King Leopold's 'civilising' assault on the
Congolese, described by him as a charitable
endeavour comparable in intent to the Red Cross,
was able to kill 10 million Congolese in 20
years, suggesting that the toll of the slave trade may have been
In South Africa, the 50-year Apartheid regime was
not only explicitly anti-African, but in its
terminal stages was frantically developing
biocidal agents to eliminate and exterminate
black people all over the world. Dr Wouter
Basson, a cardiologist, was the lead scientist in
the attempt to sanitise the world for white
people. He still practises medicine in South Africa.
The United States has always had a bad reputation
in race matters. Although a black Barbadian,
Crispus Attucks was the first American military
casualty of the Revolutionary war, and blacks
from Haiti, including the later Emperor of Haiti
Henri Cristophe, fought for American
Independence, blacks were infamously defined as
only three-fifths human when the new state
proclaimed its freedom and independence.
It was probably no surprise that 20 years later
the new state of Haiti proclaimed its own
independence, that the Haitians, having fought
for freedom over three centuries, thought it so
precious that they implemented the first
universal declaration of human rights, valuing
every human being, male and female, adult and
child, as essentially entitled to the same rights.
Ever since then the Americans and the Haitians
have been at odds over freedom and human rights
and the United States has felt able, whenever it
chose, to 'intervene' to put the Haitians in their proper place.
There is not enough time to detail the various
methods used to pacify the restless natives of
Haiti, including dive-bombing peasants in the
1920s, installing a cruel and corrupt army in the
1930s and watching paternally as the army and the
elite, empowered by the US, wreaked their
sadistic and oppressive will on the Haitian people.
Having tolerated and fostered the wicked Duvalier
dictatorships for 30 years, the US and its elite
clients were not about to let democracy loose on the Haitian people.
And when the Haitians decided to reclaim their
freedom under the leadership of Jean Bertrand
Aristide, the Americans first sabotaged and then
aborted the Haitians' dreams of democracy, first
by blackmail and then at gunpoint.
ROCK STONE A' RIVER BOTTAM
If the Americans had left the Haitians to their
own devices they would probably be just as poor
but a lot less miserable.When Jean Bertrand
Aristide took office in Haiti in 1990 it was with
the enthusiastic approval of the Haitian people,
who saw in him the man of their dreams of
emancipation, the little black priest who knew
them and what they wanted to do. The Duvaliers
and their successor military rulers allowed the
parasitic elite, Haitian/American businessmen and
other foreigners with 'dual citizenship' to rape
and pillage Haiti. Aristide meant to build
paradise on the dung-heap their oppressors had
created. That was not the American/elite plan.
They threw him out after a few months but
relented under pressure to accept him back in
1994 to serve out the few months left of his
term. When he campaigned again for re-election
after the Preval interregnum (Haitian presidents
are limited to one term) the Americans directed
by the International Republic Institute and US
AID poured millions into Haiti to set up
anti-Aristide movements. It didn't work, but they
continued with campaigns of lies, slander and
political doublespeak designed to discredit him
internationally, if not in Haiti.
Since they couldn't move his people they hit on a
brilliant idea. They would make it impossible for him to govern.
The prevalence of disease and malnutrition is
staggering in Haiti. The country is plagued by
the highest HIV rates in the hemisphere,
representing nearly 60 per cent of the known HIV
infections in the Caribbean. Tuberculosis remains
endemic and is a significant cause of mortality.
Malaria-nearly non-existent in many other
Caribbean countries-remains a deadly problem in
Haiti. Even simple prevention measures, such as
childhood vaccination for tuberculosis, are woefully lacking.
Water-related diseases are also rampant
throughout Haiti. For example, in 1999,
infectious diarrhoea was found to be the second
leading cause of death in Haiti. The World Health
Organisation (WHO) estimates that 88 per cent of
diarrhoea cases in the world result from the
combination of unsafe drinking water, inadequate
sanitation, and improper hygiene. In the same
1999 study, gastro-intestinal infection was the
leading cause of under-five mortality in Haiti.
'WATER IS LIFE'
If Haiti could manage to bring clean water to the
people, that alone would revolutionise the
country. It would be a powerful means of raising
health standards generally and preventing
epidemic infant deaths. It would, by itself, be a new dawn of freedom.
The Inter American Development Bank agreed, and
in 1998 said it would lend Haiti some money to
set up modern water supplies in two cities for a
start. To get these loans Haiti cleaned up its
debts to the international financial institutions
and got ready for some progress.
They are still waiting. The water supplies,
intended to reduce disease and infant mortality
were repeatedly blocked by the United States and
its accomplices. The George Bush administration
intervened illegally to stop the IDB distributing
the pittance, and the other members of the Bank
including France and Canada went along with the
fraud. And countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and
the rest of the hemisphere, caved in like terrified pimps and said not a word.
Meanwhile Aristide was getting help from Cuba to
build a medical school; Dr Paul Farmer's
Boston-based Partners in Health was
revolutionising the management and treatment of
HIV/AIDS which had been decimating Haiti, and
Aristide built more schools in three years than
had been built in Haiti for the past 200.
He had to go.
Worthies such as the Jamaican-descended Colin
Powell swallowed the propaganda of the elite and
their fascist North American friends. Luigi
Einaudi, the American deputy secretary General of
the Organisation of American states, was heard to
say that all that was wrong with Haiti was that
Haitians were running the place.
They would soon fix that.
Some of the most fantastic lies began to be
spread about Aristide. He was a devil worshipper,
a dictator, a hater of democracy, a tyrant, a
terrorist, a murderer. And one fine morning in
2004, almost exactly 200 years after the world's
first declaration of human rights on the soil of
Haiti, the American ambassador came to President
Aristide with a message. You'd better leave old
chap, or there are people here with some coffins for you and your wife.
So, the dream was over. Aristide was gone. And,
best of all, the poor, disease-ridden Haitians
would not get their water supplies, would have to
forget that they were human beings deserving of
rights and respect, and would still be dipping water from gutters and puddles.
There is a report out this last week which
chronicles this bestial farce in excruciatingly
painful detail. It is published by a coalition of
NGOs: the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Centre for
Human Rights, the Centre for Human Rights and
Global Justice and its affiliate the
International Human Rights Clinic at New York
University's School of Law, and Partners in
Health, now the largest health care providers in
Haiti with its sister organisation in Haiti,
Zanmi Lasante, treating almost two million
patients last year, building houses and treating
malnutrition as well as AIDS and TB and the
report is in English but is called in Haitian
creole Wòch nan Soley : The Denial of the Right to Water in Haiti.
Woch nan soley may be loosely translated into
Jamaican Creole as "Rock stone a ribba bottam neva know sun hot."
It is an irresistible true story of some of the
most depraved mischief ever visited upon any
people anywhere by another people. It may be
downloaded from the web at the websites of any of
the authors. Partners in Health may be found at
<http://www.pih.org/>www.pih.org. The RFK Centre
and the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at chrgj.org
Read it and weep with rage.
Copyright© 2008 John Maxwell
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San Francisco, CA 94110
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