January 16, 2010
Remind me again: How much help Haiti offered to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina? After 9/11?
There are reasons these people cannot - will not - help themsleves and these have precious little to do with an earthquake. Worse yet, there are reasons these people cannot - will not - help themsleves in future. For one thing, our help is not helping.
There is nothing compassionate about ensuring a people live in penury forever, for all they seem willing to endure such compassion indefinitely.
"They are starting to block the roads with bodies, it's getting ugly out there, people are fed up with getting no help," he told Reuters.
Aside from a complete lack of elementary building codes, emergency planning and the rule of law, you know what is slowing down emergency aid? Road blocks made of corpses.
On a related note, Time Magazine is racist.
A voluntary organization for every 800 residents: Theodore Dalrymple on Haitian poverty, a matter of deep ideological contention.
A Nigerian journalist once said of his country, “No known system of government works in Nigeria.” This is even truer of Haiti. It’s often claimed that Haiti’s desperate situation is the consequence of outside interference—principally American, of course—plus recurrent, often bizarre, dictatorship. But Haiti’s neighbor, the Dominican Republic, has suffered similar disadvantages; yet it prospers.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 16, 2010 06:28 AM
I have a theory about Haiti, and most other French speaking colonial cast offs. Yep, France. At least England left behind local people who had training in the governance of a country. You can look the world over the the ex-Commonwealth countries are doing well or moderately well, while the ex-French colonies are mostly mired in poverty with varying degrees of governance from anarchy to dictatorship to some democracy. God Bless England :)
If one didn't know any better one might be tempted to think Haiti is cursed or something.
Posted by: Enas Yorl at January 16, 2010 05:27 PM