Skip to comments.Growing desperation grips Haitian capital in quake's aftermath
Posted on 01/14/2010 12:53:49 PM PST by Kartographer
Sporadic gunfire was heard Wednesday night outside the hotel where CNN is lodged.
Sirens could be heard at times, but the predominant sounds in the pre-dawn darkness were the shouts and screams from the thousands of people who spent the night in a dark park across the street. A rooster's crowing could sometimes be heard above the din.
The hotel resembles a compound, with razor wire topping eight-foot walls and a gated parking lot, guarded by a man wielding an old shotgun. And although the hotel's residents seemed safe, and street violence had not been seen, there was a feeling of apprehension.
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And yet they had the intelligence to allow U.S. govt. help faster than the Louisiana Democrats in the aftermath of Katrina.
The hotel should be evacuated of reporters and used to house the earthquake victims.
The media is disgusting for using resources at this time.
Hell just got hotter. The UN is there though...things will be alright.
Nature did it’s part. Give it a week and we’ll see what the people do.
Chances are more people will die after the quake than during it. Give a few days for disease, dehydration, and infected injuries to take their toll.
Hussein is using Haiti to first of all “change the subject” from all the problems and thuggery surrounding his fascist dictatorship in-the-making and to appear compassionate, warm and fuzzy. So why should it be surprising to see CNN, MSNBC and even FOX turning the Haiti story into another Jerry’s Kids! It’s become a 24/7 “here’s how to donate” telethon. Of course no one has mentioned the fact that Haiti is a global armpit due to the rule of criminals and dictators, not because the “evil, imperialist” US has been unkind and selfish!!
I pray that the living may be fed and the survivors permitted to rebuild their lives and their homes and their nation and create a new, better Haiti without corrupt officials stealing their hope for a better future.
This just maybe too big in scope a disaster. There is no local source of water and electricity. Looks like there may not be for weeks. Every organization that comes in has to be self-sufficient. What happens when the thirst and hunger of those who number in the millions becomes too great and the only people eating well are behind razor wire?
This thing is so big, so deadly and so hopeless it almost requires that all the living be evacuated and the entire area carpet bombed flat so they can start over from scratch.
When he's done in Haiti, they may end up with a real democracy.
No, It is the politicians who are the fastest to get their names and faces on camera etc. politicizing this tragedy...little can be done until the U.S. Marines land and take charge of the rescue efforts....Haiti when not dominated by a Dictator is a Welfare State compliments of the Black Caucus, Obama, Maxine Waters and others who keep pumping $$s into a sadly uneducated, superstitious bunch of children that rarely helps anyone but the local Patrons. Remember the 'over-kill' of pious help during Katrina? The press loved it....even in a 'civilized' country, New Orleans is far from recovery....where did that money go..Oh yeah, perky Mary would know............Haitians have been denied education that might have helped them get through this disaster...Oh that's right, people in Louisiana had 'good' educations, billions of dollars 'they said' for education....must be Bush's fault..how else can you explain............
Not sure about the carpet bombing, but it seems to me all able-bodied people should be moved to camp areas, and the rest of the country scoured and cleaned by relief agencies. If people are in a panic everywhere, it won’t be long before they turn on those who are helping them.
This is a serious worry. A lot of hard, dirty work has to be done quickly and there doesn't seem to be a single thing working in their favor to ever get it done, much less quickly before the disease, starvation and rioting starts.
I was making that same observation this morning.
The USA has given BILLIONS in aid to that filthcraphole of a ‘country’ in the past 5 years and nothing will change until the corrupt government is sent packing.
True help would mean setting up an honest government and implementing capitalism instead of cronyism...
Just look what cronyism is doing to the USA at this very moment.
I’m sick of all this whining about Haiti...it’s been a craphole for centuries...
Are you sure??????
I haven’t seen her majesty, Ms. Jackson-Lee. How did she miss this photo op?
Hotel must have been in Chicago, Milwaukee or Baltimore, maybe Philadelphia...
They are going to try to ram the health care bill through while everyone is distracted with Haiti.
Whoraldo Rivera won’t go until they can unload a 35’ airconditioned luxury tour bus, like the one he covered Katrina from.
I think Whoraldo is a sailor, he’ll probably have a charter captain bring a 60’ Swan sailboat to Port-aux-Prince.
That will be the new trend among reporters, most likely. It’s an easy thing to arrange a luxury charter sailboat in the Caribbean.
Whoraldo is probably going to be the first.
But the media will NEVER show the luxury charter yachts of the reporters.
I hope I am wrong, but what one will observe in this real life SHTF scenario, may not be a whole lot different in some large metropolitan areas, should an event of similar magnitude hit America as far as human behavior is concerned.
Not very different from what Pat Robertson said. I’m just saying . . . .
I say I have hope that Haiti can rise from the ashes and you say it’s the same as saying they brought it on themselves because they offended God? Whatever. But thanks for the observation, such as it was.
Good observation. There are lessons that can be learned here. Too much is taken for granted in this country.
Well, you have a point...Certainly my arse would be hanging out in this situation, and I have nothing but sympathy and concern for those being “raced” down there to deal with the population that is effected by this disaster...
The best way to deal with a mob mentality is to not be there when this starts to happen...But that is going to be hard, and it appears (to no ones fault) that it is already out of control...
Thats why we have the military going down there...A tight manuevering force of Marines and Army personnel will secure the POD’s and things will eventually get under control, but not after some continued tragedy...
This whole thing is not going to go well, no matter what the intentions of world leaders desire...
If there ever was a “worse” place for a disaster like this to occur, this was it...It’s not the people’s fault, it is the leeches of local government that ill-prepared, and sat on there tropical laurels that need to be dressed down in my opinion...
This is only going to get worse...
And I seriously doubt I would be allowed to carry “something” that would afford me a means to defend myself while helping them out down there...
But those “professional” international disaster relief organizations sure do know better than I.../sarcasm
I heard that the reporters have been staying across the border in the Dominican Rep.
They fly in (from there) and do a few video bytes and get the hell out of there...They are working in rotations probably...
Most of them may be dead...Which may be a good thing...
One thing people fail (here) to remember that Haiti has been a money pit for years after all the unrest got them into the current situation politically...The country stabilized (for what that is worth), and then failed to improve at all, even after all this money from the outside came in...
Like I said, it’s going to get worse before it gets better...And there is NOTHING that can be done about it...
“Never waste a good crisis.”
Isn't most of the Haitian government still unaccounted for? If so, that may explain a lot.
If Bush were President, reckon what today’s NY Times headline would be?
And on a related note, from 2004...
Robertson didn’t say that. He said what you said - that if there is a blessing in all of this, it is that Haiti can rebuild their society both materially and spiritually.
Robertson happens to believe, along with other Christians and followers of Jesus of Nazareth, that the hope you speak of is the hope that Jesus was the Christ, that He will come to judge the living and the dead, and that those that loved God and loved each other as He loved (and only those people) will experience eternal life in His kingdom. It is this hope that is the source of the faith and love that drives people like Robertson to spend millions for the hurting like those in Haiti.
I pray that you share that hope too.