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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:12 PM
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Criminals Run Amok in Haiti Despite U.S. Force
By Joseph Guyler Delva
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - More than 3,000 escaped convicts are running amok in Haiti threatening individuals and businesses, unrestrained by a U.S.-led multinational force meant to keep the peace, police and residents said on Thursday.

Jails were emptied and prisoners set free across the Caribbean country in February as an armed revolt swept out of the north toward Port-au-Prince, eventually forcing President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power.

But now many who supported the rebels, such as businessmen, are paying the price and are being kidnapped, shot and robbed by bands of drug dealers and other criminals.

"Armed bandits visited me three times in two weeks and took away all the money I had," said Josue Jeanty, 50, a grocery store owner in the capital, where most of the 3,600 foreign troops led by U.S. Marines are on patrol. The U.S.-led force will be replaced by an 8,000-strong U.N. deployment in June.

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews...
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mrdmk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:40 PM
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1. This sounds familiar
Like what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let the dogs eat all of the marrow out of the bones. That is the spirit!
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bullimiami Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:07 PM
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2. CORRECTION : With the aid of US force.
Anyone paying attention knows this fiasco is wholly a creation of...

You guessed it.
The Bush Mafia. Again.
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