"Generals, officers, soldiers: differing from him by whom I was preceded, the ex-general Toussaint L'Ouverture, I have been faithful to the promise which I made you when I took up arms against tyranny, and as long as I live I will keep my oath. Never shall a colonist or a European set foot on this territory with the title of master or proprietor. This resolution shall henceforth form the fundamental basis of our Constitution..." -- Jean Jacques Dessalines (Janjak), Haiti's founding father, Declaration of Independence, January 1, 1804
On March 7, 2012 Aljazeera uploaded a video where Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey interviews one of the UN-commissioned scientists from the UN independent panel who investigated the source of the cholera outbreak. Their report was issued May 5, 2011. But one of the authors, Danielle Lantagne of the UN panel of experts, told Aljazeera that new information has since come to light. Lantagne said, "based on the summation of the circumstantial and scientific evidence, the most likely scenario is that someone associated with the UN-MINUSTAH facility was the person responsible."
Also, on March 7, 2012, via twitter, independent journalist, Ansel Hertz, reported that United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, acknowledged the role U.N. peacekeepers played in importing the deadly outbreak of cholera to Haiti. Anzel Herz caught the Clinton admission on tape. Local Haiti journalists and radio was also abuzz with the news.
Clinton was asked after a hospital tour in Haiti if he agreed with a statement by U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, about holding accountable those who brought cholera to Haiti
Citing Herz's reporting, ABC news wrote that Bill Clinton said, "I don't know that the person who introduced cholera in Haiti, the U.N. peacekeeper, or [U.N.] soldier from South Asia, was aware that he was carrying the virus" it was the proximate cause of cholera. That is, he was carrying the cholera strain. It came from his waste stream into the waterways of Haiti, into the bodies of Haitians."
UN Imported Cholera in Mirebalais: The hard reality of ill and discombobulated adults reduced to infancy
Ezili Danto visiting cholera patients. Mirebalais, Haiti. August 11, 2011. Photo credits: Jean Ristil Jean Baptise, HLLN
The indignity of the illness is almost, if not more horrible, than the physical pain. Family members do not get their love ones' bodies back from the morgue. The dead are buried in mass graves in special plastic cholera body bags. USAID ordered 200,000 body bags at the beginning of the outbreak, spending more monies with US firms providing these death bags than in providing purified clean drinking water or guaranteeing the UN troops disease carriers. (More photos on HLLN delegation visit.)
Shifting blame off the UN, Clinton went on to say that, "what really caused it is that you don't have a sanitation system, you don't have a comprehensive water system""
The ABC article, quotes U.N. spokesperson Kieran Dwyer sidestepping from the Clinton admission saying that "President Clinton" emphasized the importance of focusing on improving Haiti's sanitation system and the fact that the United Nations and others are working hard to do this."
Since these reports surfaced certain foreign pundits, have jumped to proclaim essentially that progress is being made toward the Haiti cholera victim getting justice, applauding Bill Clinton for his admissions, not inquiring about the "new information" referred to by Danielle Lantagne of the UN panel of experts, or relied upon by Clinton. When and how did it become available? Doesn't the Haitian public have a right to all the facts about this contagious disease infecting over 5% of the Haitian population?
It's like watching an accident happen in slow motion.
Like when the earthquake happened and battle-worn Haitians knew the US-UN and their "charitable" industry would take the opportunity to keep the billions collected, let the poor die, while clearing the land the slave-making Western countries been coveting for centuries in Haiti (for adding more dependency, more foreign hotels, resorts, one or two hospitals and schools and such, not accountable to the island people of Haiti). The earthquake is an opportunity, like the imported UN-cholera to pass through tyrannical US privatization policies and profit-over-people cruelties beyond imagination that they've been unable to get through for decades since the first US occupation of Haiti (1915 to 1934).
The grasping institutions, left after the 19-year US first occupation to carry through neocolonialism in Haiti finally broke with the demobalization of the Haitian army and popular election of Jean Bertrand Aristide in 1990.
A US-supported coup d'etat under Bush the father, took out Aristide months later. Former President Bill Clinton returned Aristide in 1994 to further stop the Lavalas popular movement, stop the flow of refugees, and most importantly to help re-image the Duvalierist thugs, thieves, local repugnant Oligarchs, suited tonton macoutes and neocolonial opportunists as "civil society" and/or impartial US trained "technocrats."
On the second anniversary of the earthquake, commenting on the rape of Haiti since Bush-the-son completed his father's return of the Duvalierist with the 2004 Bush regime change that took down the second term in office of President Aristide and deported him to Africa, Glen Ford from the Black Agenda Report, wrote: