Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Going On Right Under Our Noses

Haiti is embroiled in a civil war. Did you know about this? I certainly didn't. Haiti Pundit and Mader Blog have a lot of indepth linking and reporting. Secretary of State Colin Powell has ruled out US troop deployment, but at the same time has tried to keep other nations from moving in on America's 'sphere of influence.' From Mader Blog:

Had the Washington line been that current American obligations overseas precluded the investment of resources necessary to make intervention worthwhile, I'd have given them credit. Instead they've simply ruled it out without explanation, and - as noted above - may in fact be preventing other nations from intervening.

The outrageous absurdity of Washington claiming a sphere of influence in which it refuses to act should be self evident.

I understand the political realities, and I understand that there's no political will for intervention and neo-colonization (or what you will). That's precisely why I'm not going to stop talking about it. At present Americans - and Canaidans and many others in the developed world - would rather allow their governments to waste billions of dollars on a pantheon of worthless domestic programs than contribute a fraction of that money to the active reconstruction of democracy and good government in the developing world. I think that has to change, and I'm going to keep talking about it until it does.
The list of areas requiring intervention keeps climbing.
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