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Three Years On – Why Haiti Continues To Flounder.

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It’s been three years since Haiti’s earthquake.

Do you remember all those Haiti flags on our Twitter avatars? And all that charity? Are things any better? No. All the rending of hair and the celebrity tours meant nothing. Haiti remains as forgotten today as it was before the quake hit.

What conclusions can we draw from all this?

First, we’re all blowhard hypocrites. We say we want to help, but what we really want is for a problem to go away. And once another problem comes along, there’s our excuse.

Let’s get beyond that.

Let’s try to get our collective memories back, and prioritize our interests to what we can actually achieve. Haiti is fixable. If the US took it under its wing, it would show the world our magnanimity.

Second, the key to real aid designed to bring about lasting change is strategic influence. The less you matter, the less reconstruction you get. In other words, if you threaten the motherland you get help. If you don’t, you’re out of luck.

Let’s get beyond that.

If I was a Haitian, I’d invent a Jihadist cell or two in Port-au-Prince, exploiting all that poverty in the name of Islam. That would attract Washington’s attention.

And thirdly, if interests here in the US want to make sure Haiti stays down, they stay quiet about it, but Haiti sure stays down.

Let’s get beyond that.

Haiti has land, skilled labor, and proximity to the US market.  We should be putting factories there and not in the Far East. Haitians know textiles, but there are US interests that don’t want to be flooded by cheap clothes made in Haiti, so the block trade agreements with Haiti that would allow US companies to build factories there.

So Haiti suffers, and all our words of sorrow are empty.

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Written by coolrebel

January 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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