The United States, which was so quick to mobilize world action against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, should rally the aid-givers to smother the coup in Haiti and restore its legitimate government. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected in an honest landslide last December and has inspired the Haitian people and the world with the possibility of honest government that does good. For that he was overthrown and barely escaped with his life.
The thugs have taken over Haiti again. The ghost of Duvalierism rules. This was a mutiny by a few mis-commanded troops because President Aristide, having swept the corrupt high command away from the abused and abusing army, did not give its successors -- nine officers -- the promotions to which they felt entitled. For that, dozens of Haitians had to die, the hopes of all six million were crushed and the legitimacy of a nation was junked.
Haiti is not self-sufficient. Days before his overthrow, President Aristide was telling the United Nations General Assembly that "Democracy has won for good," and pleading for aid. In Paris last July, donors assembled by the World Bank pledged some $350 million in aid. Previous thug rulers have stolen too much loot and the starving people have so overwhelmed the eco-system that Haiti cannot live (or pay its army) without foreign aid.