Haitians want US to "take over"

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  1. I say... no thanks.


    Now I hope we can get the hell out of there.

  2. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....
  3. Haha, indeed.

    It's a kids book pretty much teaching the old adage: "No good deed goes unpunished."
  4. In my gaffe, they fall over dead from the huge amounts of rat poison I put in the cookies.

    Not for the mice you understand.

    For the local children.
  5. OH HELL NO. 8O 8O :evil: :evil: We don't want Haiti. :evil: :evil: Turn it over to the U.N. or better yet, let France as the former colonial power provide support. Or let Chavez send in his National Guard. It would be a change from jap-slapping shopkeepers who raise their prices because Chavez has devalued the currency. Put up or shut up "President for Life" Mr. Socialism. :threaten:
  6. 10/10 for the colouring in :)
  7. There were similar calls in Sierra Leone after the UK intervention.
  8. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    One has to remember that it was France who screwed the Haitians in the first place. Although the slave revolt was welcomed in the first flush of the French Revolution, Napoleon tried to reintroduce slavery in Haiti and then stuck Haiti with an enormous debt to compensate for the loss of 'property' (i.e. slaves). Coupled with this, Toussaint Louverture who had won the Haitian slaves their freedom was lured to France and then double-crossed and locked up to rot in a French dungeon. Accepting responsibility for this obscene debt was forced by a major military expediiton and the Haitians had to sign up. France owes Haiti A LOT but is merely poncing about now pretending to be a friend in order to keep some glimmering remnant of the Fr language alive, before Haitians with any initiative start demanding that their children are taight English (albeit the strange American patois variant). If France had any moral sense it would be leading the resurrection of Haiti instead of hoping Uncle Sam will pick up most of the bill.
  9. Great post Seaweed. Well said, and I couldn't agree more.

    Typical of the French though.
  10. Christ! I don't mind helping, but the last thing we need is becoming sugar daddy to Haiti.

    Want to help Haiti in the long run? Encourage educated Haitians to stay in their native country and rebuild and restructure their society. We don't need another college educated Haitian street peddler or taxi driver in Brooklyn.
  11. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    As to the US, I think one element in the US generous and commendable response to the earthquake is rooted in the Monroe Doctrine, that is to say Haiti has always been seen as part of America's backyard albeit a rather untidy and intractable part of it. There may also ba a fear that Cuba or Venezuela may start meddling and that the Haitians might be taken in by an appearance of charity from these countries which would really be merely anti-US meddling (since neither can actually deliver anything worthwhile, but there would be a lot of propaganda and offers of Marxist moonbeams in anything they do input.
  12. Well as Goldbricker says, I don't mind helping but I don't want the Haitians to get any ideas about us going in there and running their country for them. We're skint and we're in hock to the Chinese as it is. :x
  13. 51st State maybe?
  14. Any oil off their coastline?
  15. If you do that, then they'll just flock further north to Montreal. Mind you, the strip joints in Montreal would be much poorer if the Haitian birds did stop coming to Canada. :(