Bay kou blye, pote mak sonje - the one who gives the blow, forgets. The one who bears the mark remembers: Over 60, 000 and some say as high as nearly 100,000 Haitians were murdered under the bloody US-supported Duvalier (father/son) dictatorships from 1957 to 1986. Browse the galleries of the Fort Dimanche website for stories and pictures of the dead -- those political prisoners who were imprisoned, tortured and killed at Fort Dimanche.
"Throughout the blood-drenched rule of the Duvaliers (nearly 100,000 killed by the Tontons Macoutes alone), the US barely uttered a peep about human rights violations. In 1986, however, when it became apparent that Baby Doc's presidency could not in fact be sustained for his entire life (unless he died soon), the Reagan administration airlifted him to a retirement villa in France and started talking about the "democratic process." (From The CIAs Greatest Hits, by Mark Zepezauer.")
Air France flew Jean Claude Duvalier back into Haiti today. A coup for France who saw its influence diminishing as the US took over with the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission and the UN occupation. (Ousted president Jean Claude " Baby Doc" Duvalier returns to Haiti unexpectedly ; Jean-Claude "Baby Doc' Duvalier , ex-Haiti dictator, makes surprise return to country Sunday ).
Why would the world's most powerful nation, the United States, allow this?*
Well, their pillage of poor Haiti is butt-naked right now. At the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, even the conservative media is talking about the failure of US aid, the UN and the NGO poverty pimping business in Haiti. Thus, the UN, as US proxy, needs to justify its job in Haiti. These folks think of us-Haitians as simplistic animals, so why not set up what's worked for them in other parts of the world? The bringing back of Jean Claude Duvalier, Haiti's bloody dictator, is, in their plantation minds, sort of like setting up a Hutu/Tusti thing (Duvalier/Lavalas), a civil war in Haiti, an insecurity to bring "order" to.
Bill Clinton, the poverty-pimp-NGOs, the repugnant UN and the foreign-imposed-IHRC need to distract the world from the donation dollars that's being pocketed or not collected, so hey, let's rack up the colonial narrative -" remind everyone of those "anti-democratic Haitians not ready for the same standards" as the rest of the "civilized" world. Those infighting, violent, illogical Haitians in love with dictatorship! Why not set up the chess board, right before Feb. 7th -" the 25th anniversary of the ouster of Jean Claude Duvalier, bring him back to push the two OAS/Duvalierist candidates -" Manigat and Martelly (Sweet Mickey), so everyone can forget about the masses wishes, their total disenfranchisement, the 300,000 dead in 33 seconds and those 1.5million still homeless without sanitation, shelter, clean water; the return of President Aristide; the international fraud since 2004; these imposed UN/US elections. and the UN-imported cholera"We're just puppets the International community , led by the U.S., are moving around their own battlefield. Haiti is not in control. Haitians are not in control. Air France and American Airlines can land anyone in Haiti.
If Air-France wanted to bring in Osama bin Laden into Haiti, how could Haitians stop it? Still, we-Haitians will be blamed, as usual, for all the outrageous acts the wealthy powers-that-be do in Haiti. The "Friends of Haiti" continue with their macabre plan to further destabilize and exacerbate Haiti's already agonizing sufferings.
But it's our fault also, we-Haitians sit around reacting, waiting for THEM to act so we can react. Waiting for the OAS to tell us it didn't make a mistake and the not fair, not free, non-inclusive Nov. 28 elections it helped orchestrate is not too fraudulent and illegal. HLLN wanted to go to Haiti and make a public statement about the fraudulent elections, we could not get any real support. It's their play and their game, we're just consumers of this abomination!
Thank you for this "change" President Barack Obama!
No, Haitians shall not merely consume the repugnant U.N. occupation along with the return to outright dictatorship and this contempt for Haitian rights shown by France, the United States and the Internationals. Haitians are entitled to a participatory democracy and basic human rights. The return of the bloody Baby Doc dictator does not show respect for the democratic rights of Haitians. Haitians deserve justice and respect, not charity, not this return. That means Jean Claude Duvalier must be immediately arrested and tried for the murder, torture and deprivations of human rights he caused. Nearly 100,000 Haitians were tortured and murdered from 1957 to 1986. We have the duty to remember and demand justice for these innocent Haitian lives and freedoms lost. We must also make clear the difference between democracy and dictatorship and not allow the self-serving Haiti Oligarchy and their Haitian zentellectuals, the UN and USAID State Department drones to fudge the lines with their double-speak and photo op-eds of "Duvalier returns amidst praise" as if even if this wasn't orchestrated and manufactured to show Haitian consent, staged "praise" at the airport could trump legal and moral laws and strictures against mass murder, false imprisonment and torture.
Justice for Haiti means the immediate arrest of the dictator, Jean
Claude Duvalier, the return of the democratically elected Jean Betrand
Aristide, the end of the UN occupation, an end to the NGO charity
industry in Haiti, a stop to Western-dominated exploitation of Haiti
resources and lands (through assembly plants, plantations, mines) to
services consumers abroad and Western corporations; investment in Haiti
food sovereignty, domestic production, jobs and development, and new
free and fair elections in Haiti with all eligible political parties
permitted to participate including the Fanmi Lavalas party. (See also, Ezili Dantò on Haiti priorities and accountability - Interview with Wiatta on Wrfg, Jan. 13, 2011.)
Ezili Dantò for HLLN,
January 16, 2011
Nou se rozo, nou pliye nou pa kase
*Nou se roz, nou pliye nou pa kase: Strong winds may bend the bamboo tree all the way down to the ground, but it snaps right back up. It doesn't break, no matter how strong the wind. So, Haitians have a saying -" "Nou se rozo. Nou pliye, nou pa kase " - like the bamboo tree, we bend but we don't break; like the flexible ba mboo tree we-Haitians use even the momentum of our falls to stand back up.
Forwarded by Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
Dantò on Return of hard-line Dictatorship (Jean Claude Duvalier) to Haiti -"
Interview with Mark Bebawi on kpft.org , Jan. 17, 2011