The headline said it all: “US takes charge in Haiti - with troops, rescue aid.” The President announced that “it will take years for America to rebuild Haiti.” Has anyone in America in the last few days questioned in their minds the above statements? Essentially, the question is: should the U.S. government provide relief to and rebuild Haiti which has been devastated by this week’s massive earthquake?
The answer is easily "no." We have enough problems of our own. Now, the do-gooders who will respond to this posting — you know, the ones who have no problem using other peoples’ money to rectify the world’s problems — always use their emotions over their head when it comes to situations like Haiti finds itself in right now. There is no question that millions of Haitians are currently suffering. When the smoke settles hundreds of thousands of people will be dead and injured. Hundreds of thousands more will be homeless, orphaned, and truly destitute. Every capable human being has a moral obligation to do their part to alleviate human misery on the small Caribbean island. The question is not whether we should come to the aid of our southern neighbors, but how.
For the U.S. government to be involved in these relief efforts raises too many serious questions. For instance, Uncle Sam has maintained an embargo against Castro’s Cuba for nearly 50 years. It has certainly brought great harm to the common people in Cuba and their economic well-being. Of course, the point of the embargo was to expedite the dictator’s fall. But, what if a natural disaster were to befall Cuba? Would the U.S. come to the aid of Raul Castro in the name of the Cuban people? Is Castro’s island nation one natural disaster away from American aid that would negate close to 50 years of U.S. policy meant to impoverish Cuba and overthrow the communists? Where does our government’s generosity end?
Another issue to consider is the historically corrupt Haitian government. Why should we support it with our money? It is no secret that one reason for Haiti’s incredible poverty is because of its government. For decades, Port-au-Prince has seen one thief after another rule and embezzle what little wealth Haiti has. Even the current president, Rene Preval is a crony of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Preval himself once ignored his own parliament and ruled by presidential decree. In the last election cycle the legitimacy of his win was questioned by poll watchers and the United Nations. It was odd that in an interview just after the quake he mentioned that the tax office in the capital was destroyed before he said anything about the misery of his people.