Haiti : The Militarization of Emergency Aid to Haiti: Is it a Humanitarian Operation or an In

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  1. Fine1952

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    Invasion, plain and simple.

    "...There can be no real reconstruction or development under foreign military occupation. ..."

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    http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17000
    by Michel Chossudovsky

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    Haiti has a longstanding history of US military intervention and occupation going back to the beginning of the 20th Century. US interventionism has contributed to the destruction of Haiti's national economy and the impoverishment of its population.
     
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    14 war ships, including an aircraft carrier!
     
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    I doubt that airport that Cuba and Venezuela had planned to build there on Jan 2 will ever see the light of day, and we remeber what happened to Granada, when Cuba offered the same assistance
     
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    dam'd if you do. dam'd if you don't.

    how would you prepare to evacuate a capital city? and how would your
    aid: your supplies, your vehicles.. your rescuers.. get there?
    Sending an Aircraft carrier is one the best things you can do.. that's
    a nuclear powered floating city.. with a crew of a couple thousand and
    a capacity of about 10,000 people.. with as many dead and wounded as
    have been reported, 14 ships may not be enough..
     
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    bingo.
    Does any of these critical of military involvement have any suggestion as to how to provide needed rescue & recovery in this situation without the military ?
     
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    Obviously some mititary aid is needed to be sure in fact more troops on ground to distribute food rather then just drop it as is done now where thugs get it and horde it, but at this late date we would be naive, not to see an ulterior motive, taking in regards the players in the game, Clinton, and Bush, who were both influential in creating the conditions that created great distabilization long before the earthquake.

    there are others helping there as first responders, that the press has not mentioned;

    January 19, 2010

    The First Responders
    The Blackout on Cuban Aid to Haiti
    By DAVE LINDORFF

    In the critical first days after the quake struck Haiti, only two US corporate media news organizations reported on Cuba’s quick response to the crisis. One was Fox News, which claimed, wrongly, that the Cubans were absent from the list of neighboring Caribbean countries providing aid. The other was the Christian Science Monitor (a respected news organization that recently shut down its print edition), which reported correctly that Cuba had dispatched 30 doctors to the stricken nation.

    The Christian Science Monitor, in a second article, quoted Laurence Korb, former assistant secretary of defense and now based at the Center for American Progress, as saying that the US, which is leading the relief efforts in Haiti, should “consider tapping the expertise of neighboring Cuba,” which he noted, “has some of the best doctors in the world--we should see about flying them in.”

    As for the rest of the US corporate media, they simply ignored Cuba.

    In fact, left unmentioned was the reality that Cuba already had nearly 400 doctors, EMTs and other medical personnel posted to Haiti to help with the day-to-day health needs of this poorest nation in the Americas, and that those professionals were the first to respond to the disaster, setting up a hospital right next to the main hospital in Port-au-Prince which collapsed in the earthquake, as well as a second tent-hospital elsewhere in the stricken city.

    Far from “doing nothing” about the disaster as the right-wing propagandists at Fox-TV were claiming, Cuba has been one of the most effective and critical responders to the crisis, because it had set up a medical infrastructure before the quake, which was able to mobilize quickly and start treating the victims right away.

    The American emergency response, predictably, has focussed primarily, at least in terms of personnel and money, on sending the hugely costly and inefficient US military--a fleet of aircraft and an aircraft carrier--a factor that should be considered when examining that $100 million figure the Obama administration claims is being allocated to emergency aid to Haiti. Considering that the cost of operating an aircraft carrier, including crew, is roughly $2 million a day, just sending a carrier to Port-au-Prince for two weeks accounts for a quarter of the announced American aid effort, and while many of the military personnel sent there will certainly be doing actual aid work, delivering supplies and guarding supplies, many, given America’s long history of brutal military/colonial control of Haiti, will inevitably be spending their time ensuring continued survival and control of the parasitic pro-US political elite in Haiti.

    Otherwise, the US has basically ignored the ongoing day-to-day human crisis in Haiti, while Cuba has been doing the yeoman work of providing basic health care.

    It’s not that the Cubans were hard to find in Port-au-Prince. Democracy Now! had a report, as did the Washington-based magazine Cuba News. It’s just that telling Americans about the good works of a poor and unashamedly Communist nation is not a story that the American

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    http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff01192010.html
     
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    That doesn't answer my question.
     
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    Does any of these critical of military involvement have any suggestion as to how to provide needed rescue & recovery in this situation without the military ?


    Obviously some mititary aid is needed to be sure in fact more troops on ground to distribute food rather then just drop it as is done now where thugs get it and horde
     
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    Originally Posted by Ankhur
    Obviously some mititary aid is needed to be sure in fact more troops on ground to distribute food rather then just drop it as is done now where thugs get it and horde it, but at this late date we would be naive, not to see an ulterior motive, taking in regards the players in the game, Clinton, and Bush, who were both influential in creating the conditions that created great distabilization long before the earthquake.
     
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    and I'm sure they sent a hospital ships down there also..
     
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