President Aristide, kidnapped out of Haiti by U. S. government forces, is now being held incommunicado and under house arrest in the Central Africa Republic. Does this sound like "voluntary exile?"
The Contra Costa Times
Walnut Creek, CA
To the Editor:
Your recent coverage of the Bush regime change in Haiti with the kidnapping of its President Aristide has been truly abysmal and very establishment. Your Monday, March 1 front page headline screamed, "Marines dispatched as Aristide flees Haiti" read like a U. S. State Department press release. The Tuesday (March 2) story of Aristide's kidnapping by the U. S. Embassy staff members supported by many heavily-armed Marines was put back onto page 10 under the headline, "Powell: Aristide's coup claim 'absurd'." By Wednesday (March 3) your coverage was reduced to writing about how one of the local Haitian thugs had declared himself as the "military chief." Not a word about the kidnapped Aristide, now being held incommunicado and under house arrest in the Central Africa Republic.
Since the leading members of the Bush Administration have been lying through their teeth about Iraq for the last two and a half years, I would doubt that they would be truthful about their involvement in the destruction of Haiti's fragile democracy.
Bush detests Aristide because he tried to do something for the poor Haitians. Bush had the motive and the means to kidnap Aristide. The truth will come out eventually, thank heavens.
James K. Sayre
3 March 2004