Desperate though they are in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, many in Haiti are expressing disquiet at the growing American military presence in the nation, ostensibly there for humanitarian purposes.
“It’s an occupation. The palace is our power, our face, our pride,” as one Haitian was quoted by AFP. Some 50,000 homeless Haitians are camping in a square near the palace, which was taken over by American troops earlier today.
With food and medical aid still in short supply, thousands of US troops in full combat gear have arrived in the country, seizing the airport, presidential palace and the main hospital, part of President Obama’s ‘swift and aggressive’ campaign in the nation.
The US troops maintain they are there solely for humanitarian purposes, but with the long history of American meddling in Haiti, including a multi-decade occupation, has many skeptical, particularly with so many reporting the troops handing out orders, not aid.
For the most part though, Haitians are taking a wait and see attitude, hoping that the US presence is short term and that the aid will start pouring in soon. That patience is likely to be pretty thin, especially given the disastrous situation on the ground.
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This should be a warning to all third world countries. Do not have any major natural disasters or your country might be overrun by the imperial troops of the US government.
This is why they hate us ! not for our Freedom but for the obvious arrogant attitude displayed by anything America. this will be a typical Bully -Type Scenario with the mighty USA getting their Rocks off by picking on an impoverished nation unable to defend them self,s. If the USA would ever pick a competent Opponent it would be a surprise to every one. Humanitarian Aid is being turned away under the guise of Security. this operation will be another Nail in War Criminal Obama's Coffin.
unfortaneitly thair is the specter of socio/ploitica vapors in the air instead of humanatarian emergency releif,jamming up the choke points and cancelling insurance mid-flight like say sounds famaliar cancelling insurance mid-flight hmm forgive them hercules thair buearocrats with pennies taped over thair eyes,etc,etc,,
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