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Biden refuses military aid to Haiti

Supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide celebrate in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Friday. Associated Press/Photo by Joseph Odelyn

Biden refuses military aid to Haiti

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph is running the country with military and police support, though the president of the Haitian Senate says he should be running the country. The interim government faces violent protests, power grabs, and crumbling infrastructure in the wake of President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination on July 7. Joseph asked for the U.S. military to help restore order for upcoming elections. President Joe Biden said sending troops is “not on the agenda,” but he is deploying Marines to the U.S. Embassy to bolster security.

How is the investigation going? Haitian police are still looking for at least seven suspects. They have arrested about 20, most of whom are former Colombian soldiers. Two suspects are U.S-Haiti dual citizens. Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to the country from a trip to Cuba on Friday to the cheers of hundreds of supporters. Some carried pictures announcing, “The king is back!” Aristide is one of Haiti’s most polarizing presidents; he was elected and removed from office twice.

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report for more details on the situation in Haiti.


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not silent

The trials faced by the people of Haiti can seem overwhelming, but the issues are more complicated than most people realize. Corruption and mismanagement have been part of the problem, but most people don't realize that Haiti as a nation had to pay "reparations" to France for loss of income due to the freeing of slaves after they became independent. This began in 1825 and continued until the debt was paid off in 1947. How do you think the US would have fared if Britain had forced us to pay a huge debt at our inception for the loss of revenue caused by our Revolution?

At any rate, since France helped us gain our independence (and one could argue that our nation has a staggering amount of debt), perhaps France should hand the US back to UK!

Big Jimnot silent

"How do you think the US would have fared if Britain had forced us to pay a huge debt at our inception for the loss of revenue caused by our Revolution?"

Seeings how we beat them in the War of Independence I'm thinking their demand would have been DENIED!

not silentnot silent

Perhaps I should have included more history in my last comment. Haiti ALSO fought a war for independence, and they defeated the French in 1803. Haiti was declared independent in 1804.

Unfortunately, the French demanded payment for lost property (i.e., enslaved people) in 1825. According to my sources, our own president, Thomas, Jefferson, stopped sending aid to Haiti; and the new nation was isolated by much of the world. Thus, when France demanded payment, they had no choice but to comply.

Unlike our own Revolution, which was colonies breaking free from the home country, Haiti's revolution was the result of a slave revolt. Even after fighting for their freedom, the newly independent nation had to pay French slave owners for the freedom gained by the enslaved people.

A better analogy might be this: imagine if the newly freed people after our own Civil War had to pay their previous owners for their freedom.


Can we please just hand that pathetic poverty-stricken nation back to France?