Why is Haiti such a mess?

The history behind current events.
March 24 2004 11:31 AM

Why Is Haiti Such a Mess?

It takes a rebellion to get America's attention.

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It won't happen, though. After its previous adventure in Haiti, the United States—and the rest of the international community—left Haiti to its own devices, and Aristide proceeded to make a dog's breakfast of running the country. This time, short of suddenly sprouting a virulently anti-American strain of failed state-dom that involves weapons of mass destruction and being in the market for suitcase nuclear bombs, Haiti probably won't stay on the American, or international, radar screen for long.

Anyone know of a good U-Stor-It in Port-au-Prince where the Marines can stash some stuff until next time?

Kim Iskyan is a freelance journalist.