Posted by: jerseyg | January 29, 2010

The Kidnapping of Haiti – by John Pilger

Original article at:

28 Jan 2010
In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the “swift and crude” appropriation of earthquake-ravaged Haiti by the militarised Obama administration. With George W. Bush attending to the “relief effort” and Bill Clinton the UN’s man, The Comedians, Graham Greene’s dark novel about exploted Haiti comes to mind.

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude. On 22 January, the United States secured “formal approval” from the United Nations to take over all air and sea ports in Haiti, and to “secure” roads. No Haitian signed the agreement, which has no basis in law. Power rules in an American naval blockade and the arrival of 13,000 marines, special forces, spooks and mercenaries, none with humanitarian relief training.

The airport in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is now an American military base and relief flights have been re-routed to the Dominican Republic. All flights stopped for three hours for the arrival of Hillary Clinton. Critically injured Haitians waited unaided as 800 American residents in Haiti were fed, watered and evacuated. Six days passed before the US Air Force dropped bottled water to people suffering thirst and dehydration.

The first TV reports played a critical role, giving the impression of widespread criminal mayhem. Matt Frei, the BBC reporter dispatched from Washington, seemed on the point of hyperventilation as he brayed about the “violence” and need for “security”. In spite of the demonstrable dignity of the earthquake victims, and evidence of citizens’ groups toiling unaided to rescue people, and even an American general’s assessment that the violence in Haiti was considerably less than before the earthquake, Frei claimed that “looting is the only industry” and “the dignity of Haiti’s past is long forgotten.” Thus, a history of unerring US violence and exploitation in Haiti was consigned to the victims. “There’s no doubt,” reported Frei in the aftermath of America’s bloody invasion of Iraq in 2003, “that the desire to bring good, to bring American values to the rest of the world, and especially now to the Middle East… is now increasingly tied up with military power.”

In a sense, he was right. Never before in so-called peacetime have human relations been as militarised by rapacious power. Never before has an American president subordinated his government to the military establishment of his discredited predecessor, as Barack Obama has done. In pursuing George W. Bush’s policy of war and domination, Obama has sought from Congress an unprecedented military budget in excess of $700 billion. He has become, in effect, the spokesman for a military coup.

For the people of Haiti the implications are clear, if grotesque. With US troops in control of their country, Obama has appointed George W. Bush to the “relief effort”: a parody surely lifted from Graham Greene’s The Comedians, set in Papa Doc’s Haiti. As president, Bush’s relief effort following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 amounted to an ethnic cleansing of many of New Orleans’ black population. In 2004, he ordered the kidnapping of the democratically-elected prime minister of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and exiled him in Africa. The popular Aristide had had the temerity to legislate modest reforms, such as a minimum wage for those who toil in Haiti’s sweatshops.

When I was last in Haiti, I watched very young girls stooped in front of whirring, hissing, binding machines at the Port-au-Prince Superior Baseball Plant. Many had swollen eyes and lacerated arms. I produced a camera and was thrown out. Haiti is where America makes the equipment for its hallowed national game, for next to nothing. Haiti is where Walt Disney contractors make Mickey Mouse pjamas, for next to nothing. The US controls Haiti’s sugar, bauxite and sisal. Rice-growing was replaced by imported American rice, driving people into the cities and towns and jerry-built housing. Years after year, Haiti was invaded by US marines, infamous for atrocities that have been their specialty from the Philippines to Afghanistan.

Bill Clinton is another comedian, having got himself appointed the UN’s man in Haiti. Once fawned upon by the BBC as “Mr. Nice Guy… bringing democracy back to a sad and troubled land”, Clinton is Haiti’s most notorious privateer, demanding de-regulation of the economy for the benefit of the sweatshop barons. Lately, he has been promoting a $55m deal to turn the north of Haiti into an American-annexed “tourist playground”.

Not for tourists is the US building its fifth biggest embassy in Port-au-Prince. Oil was found in Haiti’s waters decades ago and the US has kept it in reserve until the Middle East begins to run dry. More urgently, an occupied Haiti has a strategic importance in Washington’s “rollback” plans for Latin America. The goal is the overthrow of the popular democracies in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, control of Venezuela’s abundant oil reserves and sabotage of the growing regional cooperation that has given millions their first taste of an economic and social justice long denied by US-sponsored regimes.

The first rollback success came last year with the coup against President Jose Manuel Zelaya in Honduras who also dared advocate a minimum wage and that the rich pay tax. Obama’s secret support for the illegal regime carries a clear warning to vulnerable governments in central America. Last October, the regime in Colombia, long bankrolled by Washington and supported by death squads, handed the US seven military bases to, according to US air force documents, “combat anti-US governments in the region”.

Media propaganda has laid the ground for what may well be Obama’s next war. On 14 December, researchers at the University of West England published first findings of a ten-year study of the BBC’s reporting of Venezuela. Of 304 BBC reports, only three mentioned any of the historic reforms of the Chavez government, while the majority denigrated Chavez’s extraordinary democratic record, at one point comparing him to Hitler.

Such distortion and its attendant servitude to western power are rife across the Anglo-American corporate media. People who struggle for a better life, or for life itself, from Venezuela to Honduras to Haiti, deserve our support.



  1. I’ve seen this article before. What is happening in Haiti is a poorly disguised American occupation of Haiti. The world is in the process of transforming, and the future doesn’t look pretty if the current trend in American government continues. America is well on its way to becoming a military state, and who knows how much of the world it will swallow in the greed of its leaders.

  2. Welcome moonblade. You are exactly right. The tentacles of totalitarianism are spreading all over the globe. Here at home the coup took place on 9/11/01 and we are now living under fascist rule and an ever encroaching police state.

    Haiti is Katrina all over again on a much bigger scale and the aftermath holds even more dire consequences for it’s people and those in the surrounding countries.

    I agree with Mr Pilger. There has been a concerted effort in the media to paint Hugo Chavez as an evil clown. They have wanted the jewel of Venezeula & it’s oil for quite some time. They also want to squash it’s populist leader. It may indeed be the next war.

    • What’s it say when Rush Limbaugh says you would have to be a real sausage to send a check to the Bush-Clinton gang aka these two con men.
      Which was co endorsed by liberal talking heads like Olberman as well??????

      They’ve stolen the money from Mexico Aid, Yugoslavia, Katrina, Haiti and Africa. Clinton’s Childrens Fund is his personal checking account.

  3. Oh don’t get me started. I could go on and on about things that are not adding up into something pretty. The H1N1 virus hoax floored me.

    The company that pushed the vaccine onto the world will get away with it too. That vaccine has not been properly tested over the long term and it could be a lot more dangerous to the health of the people getting it than actually just dealing with a case of the swine flu and moving on with their lives!

    Or the countless violations of the rights of American citizens, like the police force and military being blended into one. Oh yes, it is happening, and this force is being given far too much power to bully and terrorize citizens.

    Things are not right in the world. Not right at all.

  4. Wasn’t it beautiful to see their little swine flu scheme fall flat? They are still advertising the only way to stay safe from the H1N1 is to get a shot. Not a word on taking Vit D or eating organically to stay healthy and build up your immune system. I’m happy to say that not too many bought their bs. Thanks to the internet(which they want gone) Score 1 for the common man!

    The bright spot in all of this is that the worse things get the more people wake up to what’s going on around them. Our saving grace as a people united is that there are waaaaaay more of us than there are of them….

  5. When the dust clears the HAITI triad will confirm this series of prongs.

    A deflection for certain as MOSSAD/CIA/MI6 have infiltrated Minnesota with Yemen and Somali terrorists working for the ficticious Al-Qaeda run by the above traid of black5, which includes Xe and Homeland Security.

    A warning as well for Interpol, DOJ and Red team officials who have frozen the Wanta accounts and Fed thefts of Taxpayer monies. They will and continue to intimidate them and us with threats of further state sponsored terrorism by the Blue Team

    Another huge AID theft and Charitable Ponzi much like all the previous Clinton-Bush crime syndicate swindles. Not only the funds they want but assurance of the conspirators from Marc Rich to Netanyahu and the Elizabeth, the Queen Mother of illuminist’s.

    By the way the US is offically at DEFCON 3 since December.

    • Infiltrated Minnesota?! Someone should warn Irish.

      DEFCON 5
      This is the condition used to designate normal peacetime military readiness. An upgrade in military preparedness is typically made by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and announced by the United States Secretary of Defense.

      DEFCON 4
      This refers to normal, increased intelligence and the heightening of national security measures.

      DEFCON 3
      This refers to an increase to force readiness above normal. Radio call signs used by American forces change to currently classified codes.

      DEFCON 2
      This refers to a further increase in force readiness just below maximum readiness. The most notable time it was declared was during the Cuban Missile Crisis, although the declaration was limited to Strategic Air Command. It is not certain how many times this level of readiness has been reached.

      DEFCON 1
      This refers to maximum readiness. It is not certain whether this has ever been used, but it is reserved for imminent or ongoing attack on US military forces or US territory by a foreign military power.

      Why are we at DEFCON 3 since December?

  6. P.D., you just made some bold statements of “fact”…where are you deriving your information? Sources? Please direct us to Links unless they and you are on covert status? Take this as an interested query…

  7. Al-Shabob, trying to covert Somalia to Islam rule. Indeed/ Prevent the NWO from stealing their oil and resources. They will make a perfect scapegoat for Xe/Mossad false flag.

    MOSSAD/CIA says no. Ready for the new terror campaing that will come back to haunt us.–.html

    And Boom, you know stillpoint and Wanta funds are in full swing now. Interpol and French, Chinese are going after the box gang.

    Though, don’t believe the rumors that Kissinger is dead. Though my sources say he is under arrest. Much like Paulson was recently.

    I do expect Geithner to be out soon and Bernanke may survive if he separates himself.

    Now the light will go on to Greenspan, BOA, Citibank, Deutche, Banque Paribas and several Cayman/European banks.

    Obama must be cooperating since he gave Interpol the means. DOJ and Marshalls are ready to arrest over 150 individuals.

    There’s a lot of bullshit stories out there but the money is there and it’s finally come down to crunch time after thirty years of the Reagan-Wanta-Mitterrand Protocols.

    DEFCON 3 since December ~ True, my exCIA says the rumor has there are biological weapons in this country in the hands of Israeli agents.

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