2/29/04

The Betrayal of Aristide

By Mumia Abu-Jamal from death row

With the news flash crawling across the Sunday morning screens
that the democratically elected president of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, was leaving the country, and seeking asylum in another
then-undisclosed country, came the startling confirmation that the
Bush regime couldn't care less about democracy; not in America's
so-called 'back yard', nor anywhere else in the world.

For days, the Administration has been tossing grenades in the
direction of Aristide, blaming him for the economic troubles of the
island, while it was the administration itself that cut off IMF loans
that deepened the nation's crisis.

Even the allegedly centrist Clinton Administration had to be
drawn, kicking and screaming, into the struggle to restore the
Haitian president, and with the entry of the Bush regime came
efforts to push him out.

Why did they dislike Aristide? It had nothing to do with
human rights abuses, or corruption, as the corporate media has been
parrot-like repeating. It's because Aristide's main core group
of support came from the desperately poor peasantry, who gave their
all in the Lavalas movement that pushed the Duvalier dictatorship
into exile. The wealthy bourgeoisie in Haiti never forgave the
former priest for sparking the democracy movement, and it is this
element that is the main backers of the so-called 'rebels', who are
bent on running Aristide out. It is precisely this element that has
friends in high places in the U.S. government, and the U.S.
intelligence agencies.

Why else would Emmanuel Constant, a former honcho of the right-
wing FRAPH group, which has terrorized Haitians for years, live in
sweet calm and comfort in Brooklyn, despite charges of FRAPH's
involvement in torture, beatings, anti-democratic violence, and murders?

Bush's so-called 'War on Terrorism' doesn't go there, eh?

When the Aristide government repeatedly requested the return and
extradition of Constant, they were repeatedly ignored.

Why? Is it because they did not want Constant giving testimony
about CIA links and support to FRAPH?

What we are seeing in Haiti is the reemergence of FRAPH into Haitian
life; *this time openly supported by the US!*

*Never Again* should we give ear to U.S. claims about supporting
democracy -- it is a sham!

Just days before this right-wing coup, diplomats assigned to the
Organization of American States (OAS) got up, and almost all of
the nations represented swore to support the Haitian government--
all except the U.S. Mexico pledged support; El Salvador; and the
embattled Republic of Venezuela did as well. But, it was all
diplomatic speech; and diplomatic speech, after all is said and done,
is just speech.

In the end, the resolutions of the OAS, like the resolutions of other
agencies, meant nothing. What mattered is that the U.S. opposed
him; and the president of Haiti is now in exile.

What is almost more disturbing is the U.S. claims to support his
removal, "for the good of the Haitian people."

For 200 years, the U.S. hasn't given a damn about 'the Haitian
people.'

When they try to seek asylum on U.S. shores, they are thrown into
Krome Detention Center in Miami -- for years!

The U.S. has supported every dictator that ever ruled over Haiti,
despite a blood-curdling history of crimes and horrific human rights
violations. That's because those dictators would freely allow the
Haitian people to be further and further exploited.

The Haitians will now, if history is any guide, experience a wave
of violence, and accordingly, the rate of island refugees will grow,
exponentially.

What will America then do, 'for the good of the Haitian people?'
Turn them back to their tormentors who have now seized power?

Aristide predicted this.

History will prove his words were right, and that the Bush Regime was
once again, wrong.


 

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[Mr. Jamal has written widely about war and other issues. His latest work, *Faith of Our Fathers* (Africa World Press, 2003) was named one of "The Most Remarkable Books of 2003" by *Black Issues Book Review* (Nov/Dec '03).]

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