With the news that Jean-Bertrand Aristide has fled Haiti, the ignoble tradition of the Duvalier’s continues. You hear that Aristide was the first
democratically elected president of that country. However, most are ignorant of the history of the last half century. François
Duvalier was a physician and was tagged with the nickname, "Papa Doc". With the army's support, he was elected to the
presidency in 1957. This is an age where the international community demands that they
certify elections for them to be valid. It comes as no surprise, that he was dubbed a tyrant, when the voodoo practitioner
declared himself president for life.
In the fine custom of keeping power in the family, his son, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, succeeded him
in 1971. Baby Doc was more subtle about the use of brute force and terror, than his papa; but when the natives had enough,
he was smart enough to loot the treasury and relocate to the South of France. It seems unlikely that the younger Bush will
go into exile, but the parallel is apparent that his father had the backing of his army of Trilateralists, when he was commissioned
to be president. The hegemony of rule crosses all cultures and can be found in any political dynasty and families. The pretext
of reform projected by Baby Doc, was never found necessary for Dubya.
Now that other president named Jean, renouncing his priestly vows of poverty, just hitched a ride on a jet
for a quick hop to the neighboring Dominican Republic. ABC News reports, he seeks asylum in Morocco. Familiar with this drill,
Aristide was ousted in a 1991 coup, within months of becoming elected. He was restored to power three years later by U.S.
troops. This time he won’t be so lucky. Bill Clinton’s largess doesn’t fit into the plans for the Bush legacy.
No room will be made for distractions from the current policy of garrison diplomacy. Haiti has no oil . . . and doesn’t
threaten to breach the Sharon wall.
Boat people will be turned back. Guard the water front from ingress, but keep the illegal flow of the land
route open for Spanish speaking wet backs. Discrimination for those who are fluent in French? Or is there more to this situation?
If facing facts and dealing with reality was a conscious component of foreign policy, maybe one could support retooling such
developments. But no one in any of the recent past administrations has to worry about being accused of acting upon common
Haiti has been a failed culture since the colony was set free. This lesson is ignored and denied, not only
about this country, but this maxim also applies to most of the territories that make up the dark continent. Surely, skin complexion
doesn’t doom one to the whims of despots. However, the tribal culture of feuding factions have seldom demonstrated a
willingness for harmonious co-existence. If colonialism was so wicked, why is it so condemned in a previous era and supported
with such great enthusiasm in its current form?
Haiti may be within striking distance for a flotilla of junks, but we all know that their scores on SAT tests
will fall short. When Vietnamese boat people were given sanctuary, it was a reaction to collective guilt. When Haitians are
left adrift, the sharks are fed. Bleeding hearts want to save the downtrodden, but they ignore the basic facts of life. Democracy
is not a desired form of governance for all the tinhorn dictators that want to dominate their societies. Haiti is just one
example that proves this point. No platoon of Marines will stop the division of a chaotic society.
If reading about all the abuses that are indigenous to the Haiti experience causes you to demand intervention,
you are a fool. If the comparative paradise of the Dominican Republic is based upon a military presence, why get so aggravated
when democracy fails so miserably in a Haitian hell? The reality is clear, neither country wants a government that conforms
to the model of democratic rule. The crucial flaw that proponents of democracy overlook, rests upon the factual failure of
that paragon. When the media laments that Aristide has been removed from power, they care nothing about his actual record.
Their concern is strictly to maintain the facade that voting, under the perimeters of the international community design,
Jesse Jackson made the statement on CNN that Aristide is still the president of Haiti. Such denial of the
obvious shows the extent of the disconnect. If Aristide were to return, it would not be based upon popular demand. When Clinton
reinstalled the thug, he was the approved goon. Today, his usefulness is over. The analogy applies to our own country. When
the utility of the son is done, Bush will be retired. The big picture is out of focus for most Americans. They blindly accept
that their leaders are different from Aristide or the Duvalier’s. When in truth, those bandits are reflections of the
cultures that allow them to exploit their own people.
The United States is embroiled with the pursuit of controlling any and all regimes. At home, the real
colony, is exploited for the benefit of the supreme dictator - that Predetermined Democratic System. The grave difference
is that Haitian refugees can brave the seas for a better land. Our fate is different, there is no place left to flee or haven
to trade. The Duvalier pattern continues and will persist not only in Haiti, but in our own country. Aristide may be replaced
with the constitutional designate - the chief justice - Boniface Alexandre. However, that doesn’t mean that make Haiti
a democracy. Keep tune, the names may change quickly, but the ruling temperament remains constant. Who will be the next surrogate
installed, to fake the next administration?
SARTRE - February 29, 2004