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US Intervention In Haiti - Research Papers

US Intervention In Haiti


The internationally monitored elections held in 1991 were to have
ushered in a new era of democracy and the rule of law for Haiti and for
seven months it appeared like it might actually have a chance despite the
island's violent history of coups, rebellions and revolutions. In the past
190 years the tiny island nation has had twenty-one constitutions, forty-
one heads of state, seven of whom served longer than ten years and nine who
declared themselves Presidents/Emperors for life and twenty-nine of these
leaders had been assassinated or overthrown. The new era was short lived
however, for on September 30th, 1991, history repeated its cycle once more
as there occurred a military coup under ...

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like USAID. Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton both
focussed constantly upon short range goals such as winning the election in
1993 and they were willing to sacrifice long term interests in the pursuit
of these goals. The US would be far better served by a democratic, stable
and prosperous Haiti than one that is mired in civil unrest and abject
poverty. This was not the first time the US had attempted to impress its
will upon the tiny nation and undoubtably it will not be the last.
The US called in international organizations to legitimize its actions.
Specifically the OAS in 1991 and the UN in 1993. By using the UN the way it
did, the US has given the impression that the UN is merely an instrument of
the US and the UN policies are shaped in Washington. This reduces the
legitimizing power of the Security Council and creates the image that the
"UN issues the warrants and the US makes the arrests"(1) based, of course,
on US interests. Despite this the UN has done a ...

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the French colony of Saint-Domingue
revolted against their enslavers and after twelve bloody years of war they
created the world's first black republic. This was the only successful
slave insurrection in history.(3) The new Haitian elites, composed
primarily of the grown children of mixed marriages between French
plantation owners and black slave women, instantly began to treat the rural
peasant/slave masses in the same fashion as the French overlords had. They
turned the fiscal and marketing systems into mechanisms that would allow
them to siphon off the wealth produced by the peasants. They heavily taxed
food and other necessities while leaving luxury items, which they
themselves ...

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