Vice President Dick Cheney as quoted in the Jan. 27, 2004 article, Cheney Calls on Allies to Help Spread Democracy:
- In this new century, facing new challenges, we must remain united to defend our freedom and to meet the shared duties of free nations. . . . Democracies do not breed the anger and radicalism that drag down whole societies and export violence. Terrorists do not find fertile recruiting grounds in societies where young people have the right to guide their own destiny and choose their own leaders. . . . The defeat of fascism and the spread of democracy after World War II was the precondition for peace and prosperity in Western Europe. Likewise, the defeat of Soviet communism and the spread of democracy in Eastern Europe made possible a continent whole and free – and increasingly stable and prosperous. . . . Our choice is not between a unipolar world and a multipolar world. Our choice is for a just, free and democratic world. That requires the insights, sacrifices and resources of all democratic nations. And it requires the courage, sacrifice and dedication of those now denied their basic freedoms.
We spread democracy, stability, prosperity, freedom, justice? We meet the shared duties of free nations? No. We spread pretty yellow cluster bomblets, land mines, depleted uranium, misery, oppression, slavery, McCarthyism, and fascism--not democracy. We bread terrorism and foster it.
The US has not supported democracy in Haiti: U.S.-Sponsored Regime Change in Haiti and Bush Accused of Supporting Haitian Rebels and President Aristide Says, "I was kidnapped" (we'll have to wait and see on this one). The article, Haiti-US: Will Malign Neglect Lead to New Nation-Building? deals with future nation building efforts that the US will direct in Haiti. We tear down democracies and build what in their places?
David Edwards, of Media Lens, in Bringing Hell to Haiti, Part I points out the role of the media in creating the confusion in the average person's mind about what is going on in Haiti. He then paints a clearer picture about what is really going on in Haiti. Edwards quotes from the 50 Years Is Not Enough Network's Corporate Welfare in Haiti Factsheet:
- Whereas corporations receive vast incentives to set up plants in Haiti... returns to the Haitian economy are minimal, and working and living standards of Haitian people, whose wages are generally below the minimum of thirty cents an hour, steadily decline... Decades of public investments and policy manipulation by the World Bank, the IMF, and the US government have deliberately created an environment where the exploitation of workers is hailed as an incentive to invest in Haiti.
And, yes, this has been going on for at least 50 years according to Edwards:
- The United States would support the continuation of the Duvalier dynasty, and Jean-Claude, when he came to power, would support a new economic programme guided by the United States, a programme featuring private investments from the United States that would be drawn to Haiti by such incentives as no customs taxes, a minimum wage kept very low, the suppression of labour unions, and the right of American companies to repatriate their profits... Largely because of its cheap labour force, extensive government repression, and denial of even minimal labour rights, Haiti is one of the most attractive countries for both the subcontractors and the maquilas. (Quoted, Paul Farmer, The Uses Of Haiti, Common Courage Press, 1994, p.114)
Oppression, slavery, fascism--that is what our leaders mean when they say, "democracy."