[FoRK] More Bush inconsistency: Haiti

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at endeavors.com
Wed Feb 25 20:58:40 PST 2004

George Bush Sr. turned them away when he re-instated Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Clinton
turned them away when he sent US Naval ships as a show of force.  Jeff, do you completely
believe that nothing ever happned before you read someone else's opinion on it?  What
it must be like to only live in one attention deficit moment pretending policy never
understanding the context of policy based government.

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	From: fork-bounces at xent.com on behalf of jbone at place.org 
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	Subject: [FoRK] More Bush inconsistency: Haiti

	...or maybe the message is "if they're brown and from south of the
	border, we love 'em --- they cut our lawns and make wicked breakfast
	tacos.  But if they're black and from offshore and in real trouble,
	screw 'em."
	Bush: U.S. will turn back Haitian refugees
	(CNN) --President Bush on Wednesday said the United States will "turn
	back any refugee" who tries to escape the violence in Haiti by sailing
	to U.S. shores.
	The president said he ordered the Coast Guard to maintain a "robust
	presence" along the U.S. coast watching for Haitian refugees.
	Bush said he encourages the international community to provide a
	security presence in Haiti, and added that the first step to peace is
	to obtain "a political solution" to the crisis by all parties coming to
	the table immediately.
	Meanwhile Wednesday, Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide has
	called for urgent international help to stave off more bloodshed as
	rebel forces threaten the capital Port-au-Prince.
	Aristide supporters, armed with pistols and old rifles, built makeshift
	barricades on the main road leading into the capital ahead of a
	possible rebel onslaught on the government.
	While residents and officials alike waited to see if rebels would make
	good on their vows to march to Port-au-Prince and forcibly remove the
	president, opposition political leaders rejected an international
	power-sharing plan aimed at appeasing the rebels.
	They planned to meet Wednesday to draw up a counterproposal and decide
	their next steps.
	Opponents of Aristide failed to respond to the international proposal
	by the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline. Previously, they had voiced disapproval
	for the plan because it doesn't require Aristide to step down.
	They've also said they don't trust Aristide to implement the plan. The
	5 p.m. deadline was an extension of a Monday deadline.
	The heavily armed rebels are led by former members of Haiti's
	now-disbanded army. In Cap Haitien, they seized the international
	airport, torched the police station, released prisoners and broke into
	an arms depot.
	An undetermined number of people were killed, witnesses said.
	Democratic presidential hopeful and civil rights activist Al Sharpton
	said Tuesday he plans to travel to Haiti in an attempt to act as a
	broker between Aristide and his political opponents.
	In other diplomatic maneuvers, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
	phoned French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin Tuesday to support
	a French proposal to bring the parties to Paris for talks, the State
	Department official said.
	The official said the United States urged the parties to take advantage
	of the offer, and reiterated that "nobody" was talking about military
	intervention to end the violence.
	World Food Program officials said looting has become widespread in the
	rebel-held north, including a grain warehouse robbed of enough to feed
	nearly 300,000 people.
	Anticipating the bloodbath predicted if political opposition leaders
	rejected the power-sharing proposal -- or if the rebels storm
	Port-au-Prince under any circumstances -- the Red Cross and Doctors
	Without Borders have begun to send aid workers to the tiny nation on
	the western end of the island of Hispaniola.
	Aristide has faced criticism since an election in 2000 that observers
	called fraudulent. Opposition parties accuse his supporters of using
	violence to intimidate them. He has said repeatedly that he will not
	willingly step aside until his term of office expires in 2006.
	Nearly 40,000 Haitians fled the country after a 1991 coup that ousted
	Aristide, who was restored to power in 1994 amid the threat of U.S.
	military intervention.
	-- CNN Correspondent Lucia Newman and State Department Producer Elise
	Labott contributed to this report.
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