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Posted July 27, 2006, but adapted from a news article published
in July 2006 News & Analysis This Month - Supplement                 
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In suffocated poverty Haiti, the economics of terrorism: Approximately 100 kidnapped for ransoms in one day alone, before 10:00AM; terrorists must be captured dead or alive; bulldoze their houses/homes or those of the owners who harbor them


There is a country in the Caribbean you should not visit, even for a few hours. A second practical advice is not investing your hard-earned money, even by proxy. Your investment, which may take the form of physical capital and inventories, will most likely yield a negative net present value. This is not to say there is not a possibility that you can be brutally murdered, in fact in broad daylight. The nation of concern is suffocated poverty Haiti. One of the many principal reasons for these cautions is growing terrorism - apparently state sponsored, in part.

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American businessman, Charles Adam, kidnapped in Haiti. He was released Thursday, July 20, 2006 after family members paid a ransom. (AP Photo)

Approximately 100 people were largely believed to have been kidnapped for ransoms Thursday, July 20, 2006 (before 10:00AM) alone in the trashed-filled and dilapidated capital city of Port-au-Prince.

Today there is much debate - not serious or intelligent enough to be hopeful that Haiti will change, in the positive terms, from within in the short-run - over what exactly should be done to address the unprecedented problem of terrorism. But the truth is that such problem, which already has caused the never healthy economy to shrink by 4.7 percent, reflects extreme violence-issued totalitarian dictator Rene Preval's background as the man who personally detonated a bomb, according to former and current comrades who spoke to me on the customary condition of anonymity, during a public event in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petion-Ville, in the late 1990s.

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A Haitian child takes cover during a strong combat between the terrorists of the neighborhood of Martissant and United Nations peacekeepers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 27, 2006. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Economic opportunities - jobs and many other independent variables associated with a better quality of life - for the vast majority of dirt-poor and illiterate Haitians will come at the expense of security, in addition to serious macroeconomic policies.

But first here lie some clues to what a serious president, a duly elected head of state - not one who for nearly 15 years has extremely relied on terrorism for political and economic purposes - should do about it. He should not only speak out against terrorism but be certain that the terrorists are CAPTURED DEAD OR ALIVE, BULLDOZE THEIR HOUSES/HOMES OR THOSE OF THE OWNERS WHO HARBOR THEM. If the courageous policy is not, too, flatten the notorious crime infested ghetto of Cite Soleil, after a forced mass evacuation.

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A man robs a terrorist killed during a strong combat between the terrorists of the neighborhood of Martissant and United Nations peacekeepers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 27, 2006. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Sure, a general deterrence to smaller crime ridden, ultra-violent crime infested slums - if not, too, non-bidonville citizens-turned-terrorists, solely for monetary gains. You are terrorists; you are disciples of Osama bin Laden, on the indirect orders of former hell-sent, primitive, if not pre-historic, too, totalitarian dictator, druglord Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who repeatedly claimed that he was kidnapped by the United States, I, in a military fashion, destroy you, too, in an effort to protect the civil rights of the vast majority of Haitians. 

Yves A. Isidor, the scholarly journal of democracy and human rights
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