John Pilger on Haiti and US Imperialism
“The Kidnapping of Haiti”
This is a short but fascinating opinion piece by the award-winning documentary-maker John Pilger, who recently received the Sydney Peace Prize. He is able to slice straight to the deeper geo-political implications, for both what is going on in Haiti and what continues to go on in President Obama’s America. Below is a sample of the piece, the full article can be found here: http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=9994
“The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On January 22, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.
Never before in so-called peacetime have human relations been as militarised by rapacious power. Never before has an American president subordinated his government to the military establishment of his discredited predecessor, as Barack Obama has done. In pursuing George W. Bush’s policy of war and domination, Obama has sought from Congress an unprecedented military budget in excess of $700 billion. He has become, in effect, the spokesman for a military coup.
[A]n occupied Haiti has a strategic importance in Washington’s “rollback” plans for Latin America. The goal is the overthrow of the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, control of Venezuela’s abundant oil reserves and sabotage of the growing regional co-operation that has given millions their first taste of an economic and social justice long denied by US-sponsored regimes.”