Haiti, a Bush backed coup?Mar 1, 2004 Write an essay on this topic.
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If you're like most people these days, you've probably been noticing the escalating cycle of violence. What you may not know about are some of the back stories surrounding this violence.
I first heard a brief accusation on the news that there might be more to this story than currently meets the eye. Could it be this violence is not a spontaneous uprising but a carefully orchestrated coup, possibly with backing from the Bush administration? So I did some research on the net and what I found was quite an eye opener.
I admit I didn't know much about Haiti before, but it seems this is not the first such attempt to oust Haitin president Aristide. This was done before in 1991 with US backing. It was only in 1994 that Bill Clinton restored Aristide to power. Are we overseeing yet another US backed coup?
Remember, this isn't the first time the CIA has covertly overthrown a democratically elected government. Another such case occurred in Chile in 1973. The Nixon administration was afraid that the elected Chilean government was leaning towards Marxism. A subsequent coup lead to the installation of the brutal regime of Augustus Pinochet.
More recently, there were alarming rumours of CIA involvement in the attempted Venezuelan coup against Hugo Chavez. Chavez if you'll remember had plans to nationalize Venezuela's oil fields, a decision that didn't sit well with members of the Bush administration. Bush seemed unduly haste in welcoming the new leaders. Thankfully the coup failed and Chavez was reinstalled as leader.
So why should this concern us? Well, because it's outrageous for any country that claims to support democracy to overthrow a democratically elected leader just because they don't like them. What's more, there can be dangerous long-term consequences to coups that no one can foresee. Look what's happened to Iran. The US-UK backed intellation of the Shah in '53 helped pave the way for the coming of Ayatollah Khomenei and a whole wave of radical Islamic fundamentalism that continues to this day.
Some questions we should all ask ourselves:
Why is Bush so eager to see Aristide step down?
Why does Bush seem to be backing the rebels?
Where are the rebels getting their weapons from?
Is Bush sending in troops to quell the rebellion or to support it?
Why does the UN seem to be backing Bush?
Why isn't the media raising a big stink about these issues?
Here's what I'd like us to do. I want each and every one of us to seek out alternative news sources to find out what's going on in Haiti. I'd also encourage all of you to write and phone in to our media outlets to bring up these issues and complain about their coverage. I'd hate to think the media is controlled by special interest groups. I'd also hate to see another brutal dictatorship gain a foothold in Latin America.
Here are some links on the net worth seeking out:
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