The Haitian Crisis
The 200 hundredth anniversary of the first black nation passed unnoticed and today it is making the headline on every major broadcast station everywhere in the world. It is not for any reason that I call 2004 the Year of Engagement and Compassion. You have no choice but to engage in the Haitian situation and you are going to have some type of compassion for these suffering folks in the Caribbean Sea.
Today if you are a human being you can see clearly that the people of Haiti need your help and your support.
President Bush is wrong for returning the Haitian Refugees in this crucial moment. I call the American Congress to intervene. May you have some merci for these people!
The citizen of three countries fought for the Freedom of this great nation, American, French and also the Haitian Freedom Fighters. On October 9, 1779, without the intervention of our ancestors during the
Siege of Savannah the outcome of the war could be very different. This coming October, we expect to have a Haitian Monument in Savannah.
My fellow American brothers and sisters don’t forget my ancestors died for you, my fellow Americans don’t forget my ancestors spilled their blood for your Liberty. Today, the U.S. army is doing a great job in helping many throughout the world. You have indeed freed the women in Afghanistan, you are doing whatever you can to bring peace in Iraq, and you have 37,000 men and women protecting freedom in South Korea. The state of Haiti is located a few miles from South Florida and the Haitian people need your assistance.
It is true that the Haitian people do not get along with each other but leave it for another discussion. Today, I ask you to help the grandsons and granddaughters of those who fought for your freedom. Remember the sacrifice of their grandparents. Americans and Haitians, we are friends forever. Let renew that friendship in helping each other.
My fellow Haitians brothers, sisters and friends of Haiti, the state of Haiti is living the most crucial moment of its existence and mishandling this current crisis can make Haiti becoming the next Lebanon in the region. We shall make the ultimate sacrifice to avoid it at all cost. 24 years ago, the state of Lebanon was the Paradise Capital in the Middle East; today it is a no man land.
I called in the past for a political compromise between the Lavalas and the Convergence/Opposition and this should have been taken place before February 5 of this year. Today, this is another story.
I follow the Haitian crisis from day one and these folks; they called “Rebels” today, were loyalist and defending the regime in place. Today, they change side and we see other folks who take advantage of this volatile situation and join the Rebel movement. I call that another evolution of the Haitian crisis.
This is not the time to call “Criminal or Terrorist” someone you have to deal with either today or
tomorrow or may even drive you out. Eventually, one has to talk to the Rebel Commander. These folks are … serious and if you think that they are going to lay down their weapons and get busted, vous avez l’esprit en Espagne.
The state of Israel is talking with Hezbollah and a few weeks ago they exchanged prisoners. In doing so, the State of Israel recognizes that armed group. We shall take a good look at it.
I know some of you are good in playing politic and most of you do not understand the language of Diplomacy but force. And today, there cannot be any compromise without addressing the status of the Rebels.
Today, who has the real power in Haiti? Whatever agreement between the Lavalas and the Convergence/Opposition, they have to rely on foreign troop to implement it. An agreement could spare a bloody take over of the Capital, which is coming shortly. These folks took control of Cap-Haitien without any resistance and the police force is there to keep order not to fight a war my friend
. And we all know the rules of engagement: no foreign troop will ever enter into a war zone unless it is in the best interest of that country.
A final assault on the Capital will be deadly and the time of finding a peaceful compromise is running thin. I’m afraid to say that the current president may not have the last word and since he is unable to regain control of the occupied territory; therefore, we need to explore another alternative.
Keep your passion at bay and this is not the time to be too emotional. Let your brain, and not your emotion, dictates what should be done
The latest international proposal is not workable since it fails to include or address the Rebel Movement. While the negotiation was in process these folks continued to gain more territories.
The sudden change of event in Haiti caught everyone by surprise and it is filled with passion and emotion: the Rebel commander is fascinating in getting rid of the seating president, Mr. Metayer is seeking revenge for
his brother and the people are tired of this ongoing and everlasting negotiation.
Last weekend the Haitian president accepted a share of power since this dude will do everything to complete his term. He could have accepted the same thing three years ago, the Summer of 2001. and the opposition until last month had called for a regime change, these folks may have some difficulties to explain a 360 degree turn around. Consequently, they will not accept this current proposition.
At this present moment, we need to start asking the Big Question and the situation is very serious. Almost one third of the country is under the rules of the Rebel and the Code of Napoleon shall be in effect in the occupied territory. This current situation cannot go uncheck. Usually, when things get tense in the Capital we ask our people to go back to the countryside and these folks who are from the northern part of the country cannot go home and it is a little risky to go to unfamiliar territory right now.
this present moment, a final assault on the Capital may be unavoidable but we can find a way to make it less bloody.
I call upon the international community specially the United States, Canada, France, the OAS and the CARICOM to send an international force to bring order back to Haiti at the cessation of the Hostilities.
NB: The Atlanta Convention, June 25-26, 2004
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