Greg Palast: The Right Testicle of Hell — History of a Haitian Holocaust

Iceland to HaitiGreg Palast writes on GregPalast.com:

1. Bless the President for having rescue teams in the air almost immediately. That was President Olafur Grimsson of Iceland. On Wednesday, the AP reported that the President of the United States promised, “The initial contingent of 2,000 Marines could be deployed to the quake-ravaged country within the next few days.” “In a few days,” Mr. Obama?

2. There’s no such thing as a ‘natural’ disaster. 200,000 Haitians have been slaughtered by slum housing and IMF “austerity” plans.

3. A friend of mine called. Do I know a journalist who could get medicine to her father? And she added, trying to hold her voice together, “My sister, she’s under the rubble. Is anyone going who can help, anyone?” Should I tell her, “Obama will have Marines there in ‘a few days'”?

4. China deployed rescuers with sniffer dogs within 48 hours. China, Mr. President. China: 8,000 miles distant. Miami: 700 miles close. US bases in Puerto Rico: right there.

5. Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, “I don’t know how this government could have responded faster or more comprehensively than it has.” We know Gates doesn’t know.

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  • krankor

    Neither China nor Iceland are involved in major military conflicts in two separate areas. There isn't a lot of manpower that's not spoken for. And for better or worse, we run the western hemisphere. Chinese sniffer dogs can come in on the next aeromexico flight, but US support is a military endeavor.

  • 5by5

    Why is it a military endeavor?

    This is a humanitarian problem. Are you saying the only means we have to get things from point A to point B is via military transport? Sorry, but that's ridiculous.

    Where Palast is right, is in observing how we prioritize incorrectly. It really IS “Blackwater before fresh drinking water”. Which is stupid. You won't need the guns, if you provide the aid. Haiti is not Afghanistan.

    I mean, the current government is “better” in some respects than the last, But let's face it, the last government, Bush's did nothing to support Aristide (who really would have come in handy about now), and Bush himself actually had to be “edu-ma-cated” that “all poor people aren't necessarily killers.”

    And our overarching use of the IMF and Worldbank (during both Democratic and Republican administrations) to keep countries like this perma-poor by loading them down with debt, is one way in which we've contributed to the crisis LONG in advance of the earthquake. After all, why did so many buildings collapse? Because in Haiti, you're considered lucky to have walls of concrete, as opposed to living in the shacks of the shanty towns, but you still don't have enough money for rebar. Why? Debt.

    For more on this, I highly recommend John Perkin's book, “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”. Here's more on that:

    http://www.wanttoknow.info/johnperkinseconomich

  • tonyviner

    What I would like to know, and I am completely oblivious to the actual situation down there, the living conditions and all, other than I know that it is far from pleasant, what I wonder is, why can we not do something to help them become a productive society, help them enrich their soil so they can farm, making it possible for the exportation of goods? Do we think that they are so far gone that there is no hope left for them and we should just wait until this “burden” magically disappears? Just a thought, and like I said, I am not very knowledgeable on this situation, it just seems like we have a habit of sending the wrong kind of “help” to the wrong places. The Middle East had its share of problems before we “rescued” them but they were not without resources and are largely able to live within their means, these people have nothing and have no way of turning that nothing into anything. I am not trying to downplay the importance of what may or may not be going on in the rest of our empire, because innocent people are dying every day, but it does say something about the prioritization that I saw mentioned.

  • http://www.armstrong-millar.com/ john Armstrong-Millar

    Well I live in an earthquake zone too. You make sure that the infrastructure works, in case the worst happens. Yes I know the Haitians are poor but would’nt the money spent on that presidential Palace have been better spent somewhere else

  • http://www.armstrong-millar.com/ john Armstrong-Millar

    Well I live in an earthquake zone too. You make sure that the infrastructure works, in case the worst happens. Yes I know the Haitians are poor but would'nt the money spent on that presidential Palace have been better spent somewhere else

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