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Haitians Attack UN Over Cholera Outbreak

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Cholera backlash fuels anti-UN protests in Haiti

By Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press
November 16, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Anti-U.N. riots spread to several Haitian cities and towns, as protesters blaming a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers for a deadly outbreak of cholera barricaded roads and exchanged gunfire with U.N. soldiers in clashes that lasted late into the night.

The protests left at least one person dead, a demonstrator who was shot by a U.N. peacekeeper during an exchange of gunfire in Quartier Morin, near Haiti’s second-largest city of Cap-Haitien, the United Nations mission said. It said it was investigating the shooting but asserted the soldier acted in self-defense.

The 12,000-member force reported that at least six U.N. personnel were wounded in protests at Hinche in the central plateau, while local Radio Metropole reported that at least 12 Haitians were injured in Cap-Haitien.

This is what the AP calls a "backlash."

The protests apparently began in Cap-Haitien early Monday and within hours had paralyzed much of the northern port city. An APTN television cameraman trying to reach the area was repelled by protesters throwing rocks and bottles from a barricade.

As the day went on, other protests broke out in surrounding towns and the central plateau. A police station was reportedly burned in Cap-Haitien and rocks thrown at peacekeeping bases. A small protest was also reported in the northwestern city of Gonaives, but U.N. police said it ended peacefully.

The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH [sic], dismissed the protests as politically motivated, linking them to the fast-approaching Nov. 28 presidential elections.

"The way events unfolded suggests that these incidents were politically motivated, aimed at creating a climate of insecurity on the eve of elections. MINUSTAH calls the people to remain vigilant and not be manipulated by enemies of stability and democracy in the country," the mission said in a statement.

And the nearly 1,000 Haitians with cholera are probably faking it, too.

The cholera backlash plays upon some Haitians’ long-standing resentment of the 12,000-member U.N. military mission, which has been the dominant security force in Haiti since 2004. It is also rooted both in fear of a disease previously unknown to Haiti and internationally shared suspicion that the U.N. base could have been a source of the infection that has now left nearly 1,000 dead.

Cholera had never before been documented in Haiti before it broke out about three weeks ago.

Yesterday, the AP said that Haiti hasn’t had a cholera outbreak for forty years. Maybe their records only go back that long.

Suspicions quickly surrounded a Nepalese base located on the Artibonite River system, where the outbreak started. The soldiers arrived there in October following outbreaks in their home country and about a week before Haiti’s epidemic was discovered.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the cholera strain now ravaging the country matched a strain specific to South Asia, but said they had not pinpointed its origin or how it arrived in Haiti.

Following an Associated Press investigation, the U.N. acknowledged that there were sanitation problems at the base, but says its soldiers were not responsible for the outbreak. No formal or independent investigation has taken place despite calls from Haitian human-rights groups and U.S. health care experts.

Gee, it sure sounds like the UN is responsible for the cholera outbreak after all. If so, it’s yet another feather in their cap.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Haitians Attack UN Over Cholera Outbreak”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Well, I’ll be damned.
    If the U.N. Blue Helmets started this, the American taxpayer ain’t paying for it!!
    Every frickin’ time the U.N. f#%!s up……we pay. That shiite has got to come to a screeching halt, now!!

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Oh, please … would that Haitians would ACTUALLY attack the United Nations. Oh please let it be so. Please, please, please.

    Maybe then Aristotle Onassis’ estate can get back to the business of building a new Principality of Monaco there, as he’d dreamed of doing after being stripped of all his holdings in Monaco by the Prince. And his designs on Haiti being thwarted by the Kennedy Family who sought to do a Neo-Cuban gambling paradise in Haiti.

    Oh, what tangled webs they weave, those who practice to deceive. They lose sons and daughters to blood feuds all over the place.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    The UN is much too Liberal to make mistakes like allowing infectious soldiers into areas like this.
    Next thing, you will be accusing them of rape and other crimes against those they are supposed to protect.
    Not that it would be the first time they were caught with their pants down…

  4. heykev says:

    Haiti was once a beautiful country with coffee and sugar plantations the envy of the world. Since their revolution, France made them pay reparations they could not afford and it plunged (along with despot leaders) the country into the poverty it now enjoys.

    The UN is corrupt and incompetent, I do not see any way to lift Haiti out of the poverty it has without direct US intervention. EVERYTHING in Haiti needs fixing. Infrastructure, water supply, medical distribution, trees need planting (one side effect of the poverty is there are not many trees left . They get cut down for fuel) The only way to ensure that monies are not siphoned off by bureaucrats and Haitian officials is for the US Army to direct their efforts similar to the rebuilding after WWII. Without such efforts, we will continue to see pictures of starving Haitian children for decades to come.

    This is where I would like to see our countries foreign aid monies go and how it should be used. Once we’ve gotten them off life support, we can then let companies come in and start agriculture and tourist businesses.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      ” Once we’ve gotten them off life support,……….”

      Surely you jest, Kev!!
      I believe we tried something like that back in the mid-60’s and look where that has gotten us.
      Maybe if Mr. Rangel could come up with a down payment and a promise to pay alittle something each month……..

    • heykev says:

      No, I believe that only US taking over Haiti can save it.

      Do I believe it will happen…no.

  5. Right of the People says:

    “Cholera had never before been documented in Haiti before it broke out about three weeks ago.”

    They probably had it, they just didn’t know what it was so they didn’t write it down.


    Let’s clean up our own country first. Maybe if we kicked the UN out that would be a start. We are where they get most of their funding for little “missions” like this one. If the UN has been there six years and hasn’t made any progress what does that tell you? They’re there but they really aren’t in charge and have no real power but that is just like the ultra-liberal organization that is the UN. They put up a front but don’t really do anything like in Bosnia, Somolia, etc, etc, etc. The problem with an organization like the UN is they let all the different countries no matter how poorly run or crooked their government is have an equal say. Any organization that has Libya and Iran on their “human rights” commission is a joke.

    • heykev says:

      Kicking out the UN would be a good start – both here and in Haiti.It’s a currupt vile organization. I would agree that we need to start here in the US first. I also believe that we need to rethink any foreign aid we as a country give, It should only be for disasters. (Thailand, Haiti, etc)

      My point was that the only way to lift Haiti out of poverty is for the USA to take control of the country and rebuild it. The government is corrupt. The GDP there is almost nonexistent. Even Slick Willy is unable to help.

      But I do not believe we as a country will ever rebuild Haiti.

  6. JohnMG says:

    …..”the only way to lift Haiti out of poverty is for the USA to take control of the country…..”

    Stop it, kev, stop it! While Obama is in office, he is busy turning this country into one JUST LIKE Haiti. His concept of equality is to make us all equally impoverished. His policies have us madly treading water just to keep from drowning in our own debt.

    If we can’t get our own house in order, we’re hopelessly outflanked in places like Haiti. We can’t spend them into prosperity by bankrupting ourselves.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Obama sought to show a swift and united disaster response with the United States as an assertive leader, but he said the effort must be an international one.

    “We are reminded of the common humanity that we all share,” he said, with Vice President Joe Biden at his side.

    The president outlined a series of steps to help the Haitian people and said the U.S. commitment to its hemispheric neighbor will be unwavering.

    “We have to be there for them in their hour of need,” the president said.

    Obama adjusted his Wednesday schedule, canceling a jobs event in Maryland to better monitor the situation in Haiti.


    Good goin ace. Another highlight for the resume.

    • canary says:

      The drug trade will take off again as the Clintons will be back in their honeymoon Haiti, but I’m agaiinst our soldiers and marines going over there. The Haitians are superstitious and believe the white man brought the disease and not the prime conditions after the devastation that caused it.

      “We have to be there for them in their hour of need,” the president said.” ? I guess to bury them or a big bon fire, while the Clintons loot the place.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      He’s just too sharp for words. I cannot possibly respect him any more than I do right now.

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