I'd also like to point out that Joe Katzman, who created and manages the site, is from a different side of the political spectrum than me, but he invited me to participate, knowing my views because he values a diversity of voices. I salute him for that.
As I need to call it a night soon, I urge you to read this editorial in today's New York Times about Gerard Latortue, the new Haitian Prime Minister's praise for the thugs who led the revolt against Aristide:
Mr. Latortue has no democratic mandate. Haitians are bitterly split between Aristide supporters and opponents, and both sides are heavily armed. Clearly, he needs to reach out to those on both sides of this divide who want to move their country forward. But Mr. Latortue aided neither national reconciliation nor his own shaky legitimacy by the unseemly ceremony he took part in last Saturday.
Ferried by American military helicopters to the city of Gonaïves, where the anti-Aristide revolt began, he stood on a stage with killers like Jean-Pierre Baptiste. Mr. Baptiste, who escaped from prison in 2002, is a death squad leader convicted of participating in a 1994 massacre of Aristide supporters.
Also welcoming Mr. Latortue to Gonaïves was Guy Philippe, the rebel military chief, who has yet to keep his promise to American commanders to disarm his fighters. While there, the prime minister unwisely paid tribute to Amiot Métayer, the murdered founder of the Cannibal Army, an initially pro-Aristide gang. In 2002, Mr. Métayer was jailed at the behest of the Organization of American States. Freed by his supporters the next month, he turned against President Aristide and was later murdered. Mr. Métayer's followers began the revolt that toppled the elected government.
Until Haiti can hold fair elections, Mr. Latortue derives his authority from the American-led occupation force. His mistakes damage not just his reputation, but Washington's as well.
Also, I urge you to read Jeanne D'Arc's tribute to Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero on the 24th anniversary of his murder by a right wing death squad while he was conducting a mass.