When President Trump called Haiti a shithole, the off-hand off-camera remark set progressives’ hair on fire. Pundits in their hundreds declared the Commander-in-Chief a racist. The truth of the matter is that Haiti is a shithole. A Narco State rife with . . .
corruption and poverty, where the rule of law means precisely nothing. Except that “the law” is fully armed against a disarmed populace and rules the citizenry with an unrestrained iron fist.
A description which also applies to large swathes of Mexico. Be that as it is, it’s important to note that the American government helped the island nation’s brutal dictatorship disarm Haitians. Check this 1994 article from washingtonpost.com:
Under the American semi-occupation, the police are being reorganized and, for the first time, separated from the army. The United Nations is bringing in a corps of police trainers and monitors to help. But the Haitians consider it naive of the Americans to think a policeman who worked for the brutal and corrupt military regime and its predecessors can be transformed by a few weeks’ indoctrination into Officer Friendly.
The Americans have confiscated thousands of guns, but no one doubts there are many more in the hands of people who are no friends of any government trying to control racketeering.
Mixed message much? The Post acknowledged the insanity of arming and “training” Haitian cops to control the population at the same time as decrying the lack of enough gun confiscation.
And where did The Post get the idea that the Haitian government was “trying to control racketeering”? The only control the government wanted — and still wants — is control over how much of a cut they get of the action. It gets worse:
Mr. Aristide, reasonably enough, wonders how long the soldiers are going to stay. He knows that a lot of Republicans are drumming on President Clinton to bring them home. He wants to see the professional criminals and gunmen-for-hire disarmed before that happens. But guns are hard to find and easy to replace.
Yeah, didn’t happen. And it’s precisely this kind of willful naivete that motivated the Progs to lash out at the President for speaking the truth about Haiti. Which is that it’s a kleptocracy where the strong oppress the weak — behind the barrel of a gun. As always.