We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Weíve controlled Haiti before, didnít like it, and gave it back. Haitiís best defense against invasion is that if you seize Haiti . . . then you have Haiti. I mean, if this were St. Bartís or Bonaire youíd have something, maybe, but . . .
Related, The Englishman appropriately quotes from Kipling's 1899 The White Man's Burden - a poem variously viewed as ironic or sarcastic or literal - or an ambiguous mixture of all (which I suspect). One verse:
Take up the White Man's burden-- The savage wars of peace-- Fill full the mouth of Famine, And bid the sickness cease; And when your goal is nearest (The end for others sought) Watch sloth and heathen folly Bring all your hope to nought.
Related: Extreme moral preening at SDA. An EMS guy I know left for Haiti on Monday. He is a Godly guy who has the skills to do something that matters.
I heard on NPR this morning that the US military is NOT in charge. Some civilian agency Obama nominated is responsible for the botched effort so far. How does this play out? Just like Katrina. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. Local governments and federal bureaucrats are happy to rebuild and sweep away the "trash" when disaster strikes.
2. The US military is called upon to provide support and is given the spotlight role only to be handcuffed by those in charge.
3. The same locals and agencies then complain loudly about the military while quietly hoping the refugees will split so they can sell the property to developers.
If I was a Haitian, I'd be an orphan, homeless, healthy wretch right about now, and in line for a ticket to USA. So far they are talking 45,000 refugees. I bet it's an order of magnitude greater in the end. (and only 2.2% have HIV now so no worries!)
You do not see the u.s. soldiers helping the rescue operations, haitians digging themselves out of rubble with their own bare hands and with the help of professional help and rescue teams if they can get to them. United states is there for only one reason to invade Haiti and that is all ! They do not let the French plains to land, and they are also realizing what is happening. United States has no damn right to invade a sovern country when they can't even defend themselves. Now there is more than 20000 soldiers in Haiti and the number is groving, this action must be stopped by United Nations !
I've also just thought of something P.J. O'Rourke wrote once. Sorry, I can't find the exact quote but it was along the lines of: "occupy Albania and you've got - Albania. It's not like liberating France."