Skip to comments.Haiti: enslaved by its dark history
Posted on 01/14/2010 4:45:31 PM PST by bruinbirdman
For 200 years the Caribbean nation has suffered from natural disasters and violent rulers
By any standards, Haiti represents a very great concentration of misery and dashed hopes. In January 1804 a key date in the history of a bedevilled country the African slaves overthrew their French masters and declared the worlds first black republic. Haiti became an emblem of slaverys longed-for abolition. And the slave leader, Toussaint LOuverture, was hailed by William Wordsworth, among other Romantics, as a morning star of the Americas.
Since independence, however, emperors, kings and presidents-for-life have misruled the Caribbean nation through violence and theft of public funds. The constitution is made of paper, they say, but the bayonet is made of steel.
In January 2004, I returned to Haiti for the first time in 13 years. Preparations were under way for the independence bicentenary, but no one felt much like celebrating. The capital, Port-au-Prince, looked even more dilapidated and the streets round Toussaint LOuverture airport appeared to have degenerated into a slum.
Familiar smells of drainage and burning rubbish hit me as I made my way to the Hotel Oloffson, a gingerbread mansion disguised as the Hotel Trianon in Graham Greenes novel The Comedians. Laughably, a room had been named after me as the author of a book on Haiti, but I was unable to stay in it as the ceiling had warped dangerously.
By some fluke, the Hotel Oloffson survived Tuesdays earthquake, but the National Palace nearby collapsed. A more graphic image of municipal chaos would be hard to imagine: the heart of Haitis national and civic life has been reduced to rubble.
Now more than ever, the motto of the Haitian republic, LUnion Fait la Force (Strength Through Union) seems a grim joke. For two centuries since
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Hey hows that Aparthied woring in south Africa?
A bit like Detroit or Gary, IN but with more voodoo.
LOL -- You left out New Orleans.
Yep....wherever the Amish become the majority the place goes to hell...LOL at the predictability of things
Same level of corruption, incompetence, fraud, misery, waste, etc etc. New Orleans has some of that voodoo.
“Dark history”?! Where’s the “That’s Racist” kid?
A few years before Katrina I was in New Orleans, looking at a business opportunity ... didn’t stay the night.
It’s sad people let themselves be done that way ... herded onto plantations.
But as the German people found out, silence is what causes it.
"Doh! They missed some."
I just grabbed off the first MSM report. I did not read the whole report or watch the video report.
Could Pat Robertson be right?
Good reason he left out New Orleans, New Orleans has food.
Problem is they need a competent dictator or leadership that thinks that a few scraps should be tossed to the people. problem is—the leaders just look at Haiti as a cash cow and rip off as much as they can. Even communism or fascism would be an improvement.
Did anybody actually read this?
Here is a UK lib using historical data to back ROBERTSON.
Christian who are familar with caribbean missions KNOW the baggage that Haiti carries.
Very sad. New post on how 30 years ago haiti grew enough rice to feed itself. I never knew that.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus
"Christian who are familar with caribbean missions KNOW the baggage that Haiti carries."
"Did anybody actually read this?"
Yep, 80% Catholic, 100% Vodou.
Voodeo - Christians?