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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-12-04 11:59 PM
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5. Most recent non-whorish report I've seen:
The story didn't end when Aristide left for Africa. From the claims of his more practical supporters, such as ex-Senator Grard Gilles, Aristide has been reliving his teenage years, spending hours on the phone with supporters in Haiti. Though the government says he's responsible for all of the violence, that's an infantile fantasy: the dispossessed would be rioting anyway, and they never needed nor asked for Titid's permission to do so. Gilles, by the way, was just arrested, despite being one of the most constructive members of Aristide's old Fanmi Lavalas party in a senior position in the movement. This is apparently in the government's solution: since they can't get their hands on Aristide, they'll just pick up whatever lavalassin they come across and hold him up as shark responsible for tormenting the swimmers of Amity Island.

The US State Department has advised all American citizens to leave Haiti, and the embassy has evacuated non-essential staff. Which means it's time for me to go. I'll be in Mexico in November and I'm trying to get the facts about passage from there. There's serious discussion right now of imposing martial law and a state of siege, dropping the language of democratic niceties and giving dictatorial power to the government which already has it but has yet to bind all of its five fingers into a fist. From my sources, it appears that the US embassy has been urging this for months, and interim Prime Minister Grard Latortue may finally have enough loyalists placed in the police to carry it out.

The alternatives? The status quo, which is unsustainable, or to place a call for Philippe's boys to flood Port-au-Prince and take care of it themselves. They, at least, have never bothered much with democratic niceties. It would be a bloodbath.

As the winter season kicks in, the ex-soldiers continue to mass and the chims carry their war outside the slums and into the countryside and other cities, things are going to get much, much worse. When I think of Bel Air in the midst of this, another memory comes bubbling up from some mental storeroom, for the first time. It's just a word, but with a terrible implication: Somalia.
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