20 January 2010
America is "occupying Haiti"
"This is about helping Haiti, not occupying Haiti," said Alain Joyandet, the French minister in charge of relief to the country, as he called upon the UN to "clarify" the American role in the country. Medecins Sans Frontiers also stepped in and said that lives were being put at risk because the USA had taken over Haiti's air traffic control system and were only allowing American aircraft to land.
Haitians themselves have already started voicing their disquiet at America's presence in their country, especially the decision to occupy the presidential palace, a clear affront to the country and its people.
As American troops patrol the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince, sooner or later an incident will occur and those heavily armed troops will open fire on a Haitian crowd. Young men will then grab any weapon that they can find and start to take pot shots at the Americans. The troops will respond and the situation will quickly spiral out of anyone's control.
It really is only a matter of time.