Sunday, January 24, 2010

I haven't been posting about Haiti. I don't want to end upsounding trite, or worthy. Haiti has deep-seated problems - I think all of them, ultimately, caused by its unfortunate proximity to the United States.

I think an important point to realise is that even though earthquakes are a natural disaster - the fact that less than 70 people died in a similarly powerful earthquake in San Francisco and we're talking hundreds of thousands in Haiti speaks absolute volumes.

The political will to solve Haiti's problems has never been there because the US are paranoid about losing control, and since 1959, worried it would become another Cuba.

It will be interesting to see if Obama can change America's frankly appalling attitude that it has towards it's less powerful neighbours.

Patrick Cockburn in the Independent
Noam Chomsky: US - Haiti

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