Haiti and the Instruments of Death

This is how the ‘International Community’ (read the West) is responding to the tragedy in Haiti: still no aid, yet plenty of guns. US has taken control of the Port-au-Prince airport and according to Al Jazeera it is turning back aircraft with much needed aid from other nations.

Don’t miss Patrick Cockburn’s brilliant piece. Here are some highlights:

The rhetoric from Washington has been very different during these two disasters, but the outcome may be much the same. In both cases very little aid arrived at the time it was most needed and, in the case of Port-au-Prince, when people trapped under collapsed buildings were still alive…In New Orleans and Port-au-Prince there is the same official terror of looting by local people, so the first outside help to arrive is in the shape of armed troops. The US currently has 3,500 soldiers, 2,200 marines and 300 medical personnel on their way to Haiti…

A sour Haitian joke says that when a Haitian minister skims 15 per cent of aid money it is called “corruption” and when an NGO or aid agency takes 50 per cent it is called “overheads”…

There is nothing very new in this. Americans often ask why it is that their occupation of Germany and Japan in 1945 succeeded so well but more than half a century later in Iraq and Afghanistan was so disastrous. The answer is that it was not the US but the efficient German and Japanese state machines which restored their countries. Where that machine was weak, as in Italy, the US occupation relied with disastrous results on corrupt and incompetent local elites, much as they do today in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti.

Author: Idrees Ahmad

I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.

5 thoughts on “Haiti and the Instruments of Death”

  1. I noticed on the first video clip of Sec State Clinton when she said the aid that was going to be sent included military…her eyes blinked in a tell tale lying…what was behind the abreaction? (subconscious reaction to the conscious level wording). (It is rekatrina…remember the water shipment stopped at the borders of the hurricane zone.) Also the press now is consistant to flood the mainstream viewers hearing threat of riots, etc. Swallowing that hook line and sinker…i wonder what the death count is targeted at. geez, what a chicannerie…at least the souls flying to their in between lifetime meeting spaces are receiving kudos from the spirit world, in beauty, joy and relief refinding their soul groups, done with the tough task at being at the mercy of this debacle.

  2. forgot to add my website…
    Haiti is like Gaza, taking the pummeling like light and grace, while we listen to a belief that they are less than the pummelers. Wake up from our slumber.

  3. Isn’t this ths same strategy used on Iraq and Afghanistan? (i.e., preventing people from receiving food, water, aid for daily living purposes by blocking ships, planes, and boats from delivery.) Also, Katrina, and other disasters.

  4. Also Gaza…the humanitarian aid folks were pummeled and beaten as they waited for entrance into GAZA.
    Why don’t people think that this is deliberate? Maybe it is the fluoride and the aspartame, both neurotoxins, that have dumbed down people’s nervous system so that can’t think things through. Misdirection isn’t always because of inept leadership…sometimes it is planned and executed with panache like the Haiti airport delivery system. And why are small individual water bottles being delivered when gallons are more ecological and less costly? And Thanks Palehorse for this and the other Bible verse reference. These “Christians” (Pat R etc) using misdirection instead of love…my oh my….

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