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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Haiti by tucsonmike on 2 May 2006 6:22am
I hadn't thought about this for a long time. I have never been to Haiti myself, however I attended a high school with many Haitians and had a Haitian friend for many years.

For some reason (I guess their upcoming election) I was thinking about Haiti and had what might be a scary thought. I never thought I would say this. As mean and vile as the Duvaliers were, (sorry Patrick) I am beginning to suspect in the long run Haiti was better off under them. As crooked and cruel as they were, there was some semblance of stability.

What can be done about Haiti? I haven't got a clue and I admit that.
Re: Haiti by canaveralgumby on 2 May 2006 7:47am
Having seen "The Serpent and the Rainbow," I must disagree with you.

Sorry, sometimes the inanity in my head is overwhelming. I have no clue. Such poverty and such a lack of natural resources. How do you build a society around it?
Re: Haiti by Ken Dunn on 2 May 2006 5:28pm
This is just a reflection of the different cultures in the world. There are jungle tribes in Papua who are perfectly happy in their environment but to us 'civilised' people their existence is totally alien. If there is a corrupt or greedy government in Haiti then perhaps external intervention could be considered. Adam Smith, an economist from long ago, used the French phrase 'laissez faire' meaning leave well enough alone. It may take time for improvement to be seen but if the Haiti people want help they should be allowed to ask for it. Hopefully, if their election is fair, then the people will have the government they want.
Re: Haiti by tucsonmike on 3 May 2006 12:46am
Haiti once had some of the best land in the Western Hemisphere. Decades of poor farming methods have turned much of it into a desert. According to this weeks Economist, the new President, Rene Preval is an agronomist, and some other countries have pledged assistance so we will see.

You are right, Ken. Cultures react in different ways. Our neighbors in Mexico see the American idea of punctuality as pointless. It goes back to the Native American life has already been predestined.

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