And in the early 20th century, repeated Marine excursions to put
down rebellions, and in 1916, the supposed "idealist" and proclaimer of
"self-determination" Woodrow Wilson sent an occupation army, killing
several thousand Haitians who would not accept our rule. The occupation
lasted eighteen years.
And since then, as you note, support of the Duvalier dictatorship. And hostility to Aristide the first democratically elected president. And for some time now, strangling Haiti economically, and ruining its rice crop for the benefit of U.S. exporters. If we weren't spending hundreds of billions on stupid wars, we could have made much of Port-Au-Prince less vulnerable to natural disasters.Interesting last point, Howard. I guess the question to ponder is, even if there were no wars, would Haiti be a priority for the US? Sadly, I see no evidence pointing in that direction. Thank you for talking with me again, Howard. It's been a pleasure.
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