15 January 2010

200 years of "freedom"

The real job here is rescuing Haiti from itself...

"Haitian governments plead that the country is too poor to provide such services. There is some truth to this claim. However, millions and millions of dollars donated by foreign governments and charitable groups for infrastructure projects have been stolen by government officials. Cheating and corruption in dealing with these funds are widespread."

"Lastly, the economy is run for the benefit of the rich elite. There are too few just taxes to provide the needed income for the basic infrastructure which makes a decent life possible."
Relief efforts... meet reality.


"I spent seven months in Haiti as a CF soldier on a UN tour (UNMIH) back in the 90's."

"At that time it was not in the midst of a major "natural" disaster as it is now - instead it was in the routine of a long-term, self-made disaster which continues to this day."

"Money will never solve their problems."

RELATED: Wake up and smell the species
There is now evidence of crooks capitalizing on the generosity of people seeking to help quake-stunned Haiti -- spam e-mails that lead people to think they're donating to the British Red Cross, among other credible sounding organizations.
And there's a Canadian connection...
Symantec says the e-mail actually originated from a Canadian university Web mail server. The e-mail address used to send the message doesn't match the address where the donor is expected to send information.

In the first 36 hours after the tragedy, ABC News found that 64 new Web site URLs that seem connected to Haiti Earthquake relief had been registered.
Gotta love that entrepreneurial spirit.


Rich said...

My opinion,the devastation in Haiti requires a monumental rescue effort.
Think - the Berlin airlift at its height- times 10...is my view.
Tragically, I think the situation in Haiti will get exponentially worse very quickly.
The reports we are getting will show an escalating and unprecedented disaster that all of the nations of the world,working flat out, will not be able to change in a substantial way.

BDFT said...

Rich: I agree. However, any real success in dragging Haiti back out of the dark ages will require other countries to spend money that they can ill afford. Any efforts to restore Haiti to a functioning country again will be met with cries of racism or colonialism from the loony left.

Rich said...

Good point, I agree, the long-term problems will be huge.
I think within a week we will see the tragedy worsen as water, then food, are in very short supply.
Gotta have water as a first priority... then food, and I forsee no prospect of being able to get adequate water there fast enough if the news reports I've heard are accurate.
I hope I'm wrong.

Neo Conservative said...

from the link...

"Legally, education is free and open to all. Actually, state-sponsored education is limited and most secondary or university education goes to the children of the elite."

"Only about 30% of Haitian children ever begin school, and of the 30%, only 2% stay in school beyond the 5th grade."

first of all, fix this... or nothing will ever change.

unfortunately, haiti's ruling elite has no interest in these folks bettering themselves.

people scream about colonialism, but this horrific situation, for the last 200 years... has been largely self-inflicted.


Rich said...

Oustanding link. Thanks.

maryT said...

To all the haroperphopiacs out there, Haiti is the result of a real dictatorship.
Maybe now it can be rebuilt with law and order, and good government, policing, and did I mention law and order.
But first, Haitians have to want to improve their life.

Anonymous said...

I spent seven months in Haiti as a CF soldier on a UN tour (UNMIH) back in the 90's.

At that time it was not in the midst of a major "natural" disaster as it is now - instead it was in the routine of a long-term, self-made disaster which continues to this day.

I remember going to visit an orphanage; we (the CF) made beds and supplied toys. By the next visit, a week later, they (beds, toys) were all gone - stolen.

I recall that our Base garbage truck was swarmed (attacked) shortly after it left our Base Camp on the way to the dump; a dump where children foraged for usable, or edible, trash. I'm not sure if the soldier that had to defend his garbage truck, and his life, with his C7 ever recovered - he became totally unhinged at the time.

I could write a novel on my time in Haiti - a horror novel. Back in the 90's it was dangerous as hell, bloody deadly my friend.

Money will never solve their problems.


maryT said...

Anon, you should write that book. Maybe what is needed is a conference with all those that have been there, like you, to tell the experts what really needs to be done, and how to do it, not what appears to be done. Where would you start. I would ban the UN from any involvement. Fact is, I would dissolve the UN and all its agencies.

Anonymous said...


I remember standing on the roof of a bulding near the Haiti/Dominican Republic (DR) border in a compound with Pakistan Bn and US SF troops.

When I looked towards the DR, only a few hundred yards away, I saw lit up buildings, streets and something similar to what you would expect in rural Canada.

When I looked towards Haiti, I saw smudge fires and the odd dim light amongst the darkness - an surreal scene.

Both Haiti and the DR occupy a very small island - why is one fairly stable and the other so incredibly poor after receiving billions in aid?

If I were to write a book, it would be titled: Western Democracy Doesn't Work Everywhere. It wouldn't require any pages and it wouldn't sell many copies but I feel it's true.

Our view of western democracy may well have doomed Haiti. As mentioned, money will never solve Haiti's problems, however we must continue to support Haiti less it become a true failed state.

Overall Mary, it is a unwinnable (for the Haitian) situation - I'm very sad to say.


Neo Conservative said...

"barry6176 says... When I looked towards Haiti, I saw smudge fires and the odd dim light amongst the darkness - an surreal scene."

barry... thx for sharing.

funny, though... the first thought i had was the similarity of the haiti situation to canada's own horrific money pit... the 12 billion annual taxpayer dollars we pour down the black hole of the aboriginal reserve system.

if the money just gets stolen, or pissed away by the ruling elite... it does no one any good at all.

well... maybe it appeases a little first-world middle class guilt.

maybe though... we should start to think about actual results.


Neo Conservative said...

"maryt says... But first, Haitians have to want to improve their life."

improve? improve? seriously?

how about we start with something a little less ambitious? like, say... no more voodoo & playing games with corpses...

"NOTE: Normal people do not build roadblocks out of corpses."