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Washington Post cholera editorial wants more Haiti monies: What happened to $6 billion?

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Ezili Danto on Washington Post editorial supporting expansion of Farmer's ineffective cholera vaccines

The Washington Post editorial entitled "Really quite disastrous," supporting that more money be handed over to the NGOs on behalf of Haiti is simply unprofessional if not immoral.

It is filled with inaccuracies and false declarations. It uses its powerful Washington D.C. platform and journalistic weight to make dangerous, irresponsible assertions and recommendations for Haiti hurt cholera victims.

In advocating the expansion of more cholera vaccines in Haiti, the editorial claims that:

"It would take just $40 million to administer oral vaccines to every person in Haiti...But until recently, international health organizations...preferred a systemic infrastructure fix."

The US and international community ruling Haiti behind UN guns, did not FIRST decide to fix infrastructure, that is, clean up the water infrastructure in Haiti the UN poisoned. That's untrue.

It would be more appropriate to say the UN, along with the silence of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US with the active involvement of the Center for Disease Control and and Prevention (CDC) combine with the help of the unquestioning corporate media, like Washington Post, spent most of their time figuring out how to blame the cholera outbreak on Haiti than anything else. (HLLN analysis of Times' cholera article)

"The source of the cholera outbreak in Haiti" they uniformly opined, was not important. Or, these internationals would simply whine and wail to all and sundry the racist, capricious and facile catch-all: "Let's not play the blame game!"

The UN, Obama's State Department, Paul Farmer, Billy and Hillary of the Bill and Hillary UN-Fund for Haiti, of course, back up the official UN position that the UN is not legally nor morally responsible for bringing a deadly disease to Haiti that's killed over 7,000, and infected more than 550,000 in less than two years.

This perhaps clues us into why the Washington Post editorial maintains: "Groups representing thousands of Haitian cholera victims have demanded millions of dollars of reparations from the United Nations, citing the disease's introduction by the peacekeepers. But the United Nations' money, if it manages to raise any, would be more profitably spent on a much more aggressive cholera vaccination program."

Ezili Danto of HLLN, Aug. 11, 2011, with anxious-for-help Mirebalais residents take a sampling of their water.
More Ezili Danto photos for Cholera in Mirebalais Haiti at Cholera Thursday ; Flickr and at website.

Endorsing the profiteering

The editorial seems written by the big pharmaceutical lobbyists or their patron doctors. It maintains that justice for the Haiti cholera victims is "more profitably served" if the UN gives, whatever monies it manages to raise to pay for the damages it caused when it poisoned Haiti's waterways and the Haiti cholera victims, back to Paul Farmer's pharmaceutical friends to buy their own drugs. That's clearly more just, presumably, than awarding money damages to the hurt Black Haitian and systematically detoxifying the land and waterways the UN troops poisoned?

This level of indifference and proposed profiteering is almost as alarming as that of the un-named "groups representing thousands of Haitian cholera victims." That group is led by the Institute For Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IDJH), has the UN-big pharmaceutical and CDC-affiliated doctor, Paul Farmer on its board and claims to be the lead lawyers defending the human rights of the Haiti cholera victims.

Since the carpetbaggers and scalawags sent the UN a demand letter back in early November 2011, this group, with obvious conflicts of  interests, has been waiting around for the UN to punish itself. Giving speeches, interviews and attempting to raise more monies along the way on Haiti imported misery. The fact that the UN-MINUSTAH mission has ignored all human rights complaints under the Status of Force agreement with Haiti, hasn't even bothered to set up a standing claims commission for over 8-solid years causes no embarrassment to these associates of the UN Deputy Envoy to Haiti. Afterall, its just grateful, loser Haitians involved, right? What powerful conscience is there out in the corporatocracy, who is uncomfortable with these convenient alliances? Is there a power, in these times, willing to scrutinize their conflict of interests or the ethics behind asking the UN to be its own investigator, judge and jury? Their association with Haiti human rights lawyer, Mario Joseph, is the only real deal in the mix.

The colonial blueprint remains: paint a soul brother's picture on the fort, the Indian warriors won't shoot.  The beat goes on. Deprave indifference from the powerful for Haiti human rights goes on. Haitians die on. The unscrupulous invaders and perennial rescuers thrive very nicely.

Of course, Ezili's Haitian Lawyers Leadership (HLLN) has been on the scene defending the cholera victims before the carpetbaggers. Here from the beginning defending the demonstrating Haitian mourners who were then called "insurgents" by the UN guns and corporate media for rightly accusing the UN of bringing cholera to Haiti.  The Washington Post cannot recognize this work. Certainly, it will not quote Haiti's indigenous defenders with a track record on the cholera issue, the mineral wealth of Haiti issue, the UN occupation issue, for good colonial reasons. But its editorial found its title from a truly objective personage: The United Nations' humanitarian coordinator for Haiti, Nigel Fisher.

Until Ezili's HLLN can, if at all, find the financial support to file our tort case in U.S. Federal District court these public responses are our only option for keeping the pressure for justice, not charity for Haiti on, defending Haiti rights and the cholera victims' human rights.

Disaster Capitalism

The CDC, UN, World Bank, the Clintons, accommodationist Obama use the ravages of the UN's imported cholera, like the earthquake, as an opportunity to implement disaster capitalism and the NGO humanitarian invasion as its cover.

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