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Haiti earthquake

haiti.gifYou have to wonder why the poor Haitian people have been singled out for so much tribulation over the centuries.

There's their history of slavery, the yoke of which they threw off in revolution. More recently they have been the victims of the brutal kleptocracy of the Docs--Papa and Baby--in which many thousands died at the hands of their own brothers.

Because there is not enough fuel, they denude their land of forests for charcoal, which opens the country up to the depredations of another, more capricious scourge--periodic hurricanes that result in fatal mudslides because there is no vegetation left to hold the soil in place.

Hunger, poverty, crime, lack of education--these are but some of the problems that the Haitians must live with on a daily basis. These alone would be more than any American would be willing to bear as an abiding reality of life, but then along comes an earthquake that would be devastating even for a place like California, with its strict building codes.

Haiti is the recipient of humanitarian aid, but it is never enough. The world community, in spite of its economic turmoil, can and must do more than corral and return Haitians who attempt to escape their blighted land in boats. Until we do enough to finally provide this star-crossed country with a solid foundation, Haitians will never have a chance to improve their own lot.

Maybe this earthquake will be the catalyst for such an effort.

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One has to wonder why other countries must provide Haiti with a "solid foundation". Why can't Haitians do this for themselves? I believe they can. They are not stupid people. I don't believe the answer is to throw money at the problem however.

I don't know, perhaps because we do it for other countries without batting an eye? We think nothing about keeping banks in business that are "too big to fail"? But we can't bring ourselves to help an impoverished nation in our own hemisphere using the excuse that they "can do this for themselves"? Dude, now's not the time to get all indignant over what you call "throwing money at the problem".

Don't hold your breath,waiting for a humanitarian response from the "compassionate Republicans" regarding Haiti. They'll use the recent earthquake to snipe at Obama..whatever he does,or doesn't do,will be wrong.The elephants are on a rampage,trumpeting a chorus of "nope."
Or- they'll blame the Haitians for their plight,as Pat Robertson did."Haiti made a deal with the devil,which is why they're a poor and suffering country and should turn to god...Save us, from religious zealots,amen.!!
Not to be outdone,Limbaugh jumps in with both feet,(you notice I didn't say brain)and said it took Obama 3 days to respond to the "Fruit of the Loom Bomber", and only 24 hrs. to respond to the earthquake.Rush is despicable.
It's early in the blame-game...Wonder what pearls of wisdom is yet to come from the rest of the talking-heads.? Stay tuned.

Unless the earthquake unearthed oil everyone will return to not giving a crap about Haiti when all is said and done.

Finding oil in Haiti is a thought...Also- finding diamonds...Develop,and buy into a mine,then smuggle the diamonds out of the country in a private plane- All under the guise of doing missionary work.? Pray tell..That has a familiar ring.Anyone come to mind.?

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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