Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's the Image That Counts

While the benevolent visage of the American hegemon is on full display in Haiti, pardon me if I question the purity of Washington’s motives, which are, as always, based on purely political calculations. As limbs are being amputated in the streets by doctors without benefit of anesthetics (except a bottle of vodka), Margolis informs us that "a French aircraft carrying a full operating theater was not allowed to land so that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could fly in and make a speech." Can’t miss that photo op!


An inquiry into the reason for Haiti’s fate can perhaps be illuminated by asking why the other half of that Caribbean island, Santo Domingo, is relatively stable and prosperous. Such a project, however, is far beyond the capabilities of the US military, which is a peerless fighting machine – and not so talented when it comes to advanced anthropology and sociology, in spite of its recent foray into that field.


The irony is that one of the few things we can do to immediately bring economic relief to Haiti is deemed "controversial" – abolishing trade restrictions imposed on Haitian products that enter the US. It’s doubtful President Obama’s union supporters will sit still for that.

  Justin Raimondo

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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