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HAITI: Is the US Setting Up a Military Jump Out Squad Focused on Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua?

January 18, 2010

I love it when I run into analyses that flesh out in detail what I have been surmising in my head.  Here is another case.  When I got back from a delegation trip to Haiti after the 2004 coup, many people asked me why the US would be involved in the overthrow of Aristide.  Of course, there are many reasons.  Aristide had doubled the minimum wage, expanded literacy programs enormously, and was resistant to privatization of state-owned companies.  The elite of Haiti are primarily involved in the manufacturing business and many Americans companies own sweatshops there — the last thing they need is a better-paid, better-educated workforce.  There are also interests in various mineral resources and off-shore oil.

BUT, I have always thought that one of the unspoken reasons for US intervention in Haiti is strategic positioning.  If you look at a map, Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua sit on the shores of the Caribbean Basin (see below).  Also, Haiti  is very accessible to COLOMBIA as well.  I happened to find someone on the Media Lens discussion forum, who I think has outlined a plausible scenario for what might be going down (see further below).  More on this topic later, but chew on the following info for now.  Stay tuned!

http://www.medialens.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=10507#10507

Manuel Rozental’s take below

I am absolutely convinced that the US has used the situation in Haiti as a pretext to establish a base closer to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. It is part of a military plan that includes the use of the recently established bases in Colombia. In fact, I fear a terrible scenario. People in Haiti driven to despair due to hunger, lack of water and the entire disaster, leading to riots, violence and expected responses under these unimaginable conditions. This situation will provide the justification for military presence, not for aid, but to monitor and supervise a “natural” genocide.

This military occupation to establish monopoly over aid, use it as a political tool and limit its delivery is a provocation to the proggressive governments in the region. They either remain silent and watch Haitians die and kill each other under US and Canadian occupation, or they react, like President Ortega already has reacted from Nicaragua, demanding an immediate withdrawal of the US troops. If Venezuela reacts for the protection of Haitians and against US military presence together with Cuba and UNASUR, and try to intervene with aid, this could trigger a military response from the US. We could certainly be facing a scenario of war between the US and its servant regimes (Colombia, Peru, Honduras) and Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador. The frightening fact that this is possible under the circumstances and that oil, mining resources and transnational corporate and financial interests to overcome the economic crisis is the main interest here, exposes the evolving initiative into a Caribbean-Andean war that the US has been preparing for a long time. This is not paranoia or a conspiracy theory. Beyond other serious analysis on the web, (http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman160110.htm , http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/places/Latin+America, http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/23642, http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/23623, )the attached communiqué from MSF, begins to expose the situation.

President Evo Morales has announced he will deliver Bolivia´s aide personally, travelling with it on a Bolivian plane early next week.

The response, the best response under the circumstanses is massive and effective solidarity that works and breaks through the provocation by responding to the needs and restores the dignity of Haitians. This requires a comprehensive articulated effort AND an extraordinary political and communications strategy to expose the truths. In other words, getting there with supplies and human resources is essential, but it has to be part of a solid, coordinated effort to help Haitians and counterparts in continents resist.

I don´t think this vision is clear amongst the majority of the people, as the propaganda and political, together with the military machinery of global capital has been activated. Obama has met with Bush and Clinton to launch a coordinated US initiative. We are facing a situation as the one that justified the invasion of Iraq, under the pretext of weapons of mass detruction. This time, an earthqueake and the suffering of Haitians is the pretext. We have called solidarity movements and organizations such as Via Campesina, whose efforts in Asia after the Tsunami were exemplary and other organizations and groups to:

1. Mobilize medical and other resources, material and human
2. Establish logistics to have these arrive and be used well
3. Mobilize a communication strategy and solidarity for awareness and resistance articulating those on the ground with the outside counterparts.

Now that MSF and probably others are being blocked, we underscore the fact that solidarity, more than aid, is what is urgently required and that assistance, urgently needed will only reach those in need if it is combined with communications and political action.

The US and Canadian military presence in Haiti is a criminal action with racist components, as has been the case from Empire throughout history. See the MSF Communiqué below.

Thank you

Manuel

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4 Comments
  1. Six Nations Grand River Territory permalink
    January 21, 2010 6:37 PM

    We, here at Six Nations know when posturing is taking place. USA is their but, not for the people, using the people to get their men and equipment in place for a hidden agenda, if USA was their to take care of the people then messages of great victories would be coming out of Haiti but, its not. Not even their own media giants are miffed, wondering why more hasn’t been done brfore now. The people are dying. Its just like Louisiana all over again. The soldiers are only following orders, corporations must be watching this one, how can the greedy corporate wheels get greased for helping people, corporations need war, the need for machinery to be distroyed in the process, tthey don’t want the equipment to come back to USA, no money in that.

  2. January 19, 2010 10:07 AM

    The U.S. government — led by the CIA and the U.S. military — does nothing that is not in its interest. I have been saying since spring of 2008 during the presidential campaign that the U.S. ruling class intended to task Barack Obama with “dealing with” Latin America. That plan is well underway. And the U.S. military operation in Haiti is more of the same. While not taking our eyes off of the massively destructive U.S. military interventions and war crimes in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, those of us who fought in the 80s alongside our Latin American brothers and sisters in solidarity networks, organizing at home, travelling abroad, and taking direct action must mobilize NOW to oppose what is already in the pipeline. And what is in the pipeline is hemispheric destabilization by the U.S. CIA, the U.S. military, U.S. mercenary contractors, and NGOs at the service the U.S. empire.

  3. January 18, 2010 8:59 PM

    I for one appreciate your coverage of this angle of looking at the U.S. Relief Efforts in Haiti. We need to establish a better communications network for all of us, both for reporting on Global-Regional News Events and for sharing thoughtful analyzes in general.

    As a distinct diverse people, Chicanos/Latinos are the 500-pound gorilla in the living room of the United States. It seems to be a matter of time, situation and logistics before there is an Amerikan Invasion by the Amerikan Empire and its Amerikan Warlords of one or more countries in Latin America to conceivably a Latin-nam situation. Right now much of the Amerikan Military is bogged down in Iraq and Afghan but waging war is a big multi-billion dollar industry for global corporate capitalism.

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    • January 19, 2010 3:56 PM

      You are absolutely right. This is a full court press across Latin America and the Caribbean. People are going to have to stay vigilant. Solidarity must be coordinated carefully and quickly. Thank you writing in.

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