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|Jean Leon Baptiste, a Humble Haitian Citizen
Dear Mr. Morrel, I received your article "Blind Aid to Haiti will be wasted"
by e-mail. I agree with some of your views as you are indeed right on several points.
The legislative elections of May 2000 were definitely fraudulent. This was ascertained
and officially recorded by the OAS mission. Mr. Leon Manus, the elderly President of the
electoral Council at the time and a credible man, was forced to flee the country after
refusing to sign the results of these elections, he has been granted asylum in the USA.
After other trick elections in November of 2000, Mr. Aristide took power and wasted no
time in establishing a ferocious regime. The offices of most political parties were burned
to the ground on December 17, 2001. The very same day, the political leaders were
subjected to all sorts of harassment including the looting and burning of their homes.
Several journalists worth their salt were threatened and had to leave Haiti to seek refuge
in Canada, France and the United States. Others such as Brignol Lindor and Jean Dominique
were summarily executed, the former in a most atrocious manner by a mob of Mr.
Aristides thugs for hire. The investigation of these crimes has been stonewalled by
the Government just like the FBI inquest into Mireille Durocher Bertins death. The
judge in charge of the investigation on Dominiques cold blooded assassination also
had to flee the country to seek asylum in the US. Mr. Aristide established armed commandos
whose modus operandi is to extort and terrorize the population. The flow of narcotics
transiting through Haiti has never been higher and drug traffickers have never benefitted
from more protection from a Haitian Government.
You affirm that the aid granted after Aristides reinstatement by American troops
in 1994 was well managed and this is where I beg to differ with you. Mr. Morrel, the
Haitian peoples sub-human condition has not improved by one iota. I believe you
would be hard pressed to come up with a list of the projects completed by such aid. The
United States spent three (3) billion dollars to return Mr. Aristide to power. I believe
the US Government would also find it difficult to explain to the American people what the
Haitian Government did with this money. It would be equally difficult for the American
people to understand the reason for reinstating a President who had nothing but contempt
for his countrys laws and Constitution back in 1991 and who had nothing but praise
for the barbaric practice of necklacing. Even then, he was burning down opposition
headquarters and systematically destroying all of his countrys institutions.
If you were to add the word "Now" after the word "Haiti"to the
heading on your article it would sound even more real. It would indeed be irresponsible to
entrust any kind of aid to such a reckless and corrupt Government. That would really be
squandering the taxpayers money.
Haiti definitely needs help and we certainly hope it will be forthcoming as soon as our
beloved country is headed by responsible men, concerned with the Haitian peoples
well-being. Believe it or not, there are many dignified and qualified Haitians who could
fill the role.
Cordially yours, Jean Baptiste A humble Haitian citizen
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