Haiti was once a country of many firsts, but the past few decades have pummeled it into near oblivion. The recent earthquake and the many aftershocks are more than just another obstacle to overcome. The Haitian government’s ability to respond to the tragedy is most destroyed beneath the rubble that was once the capital city.
I’d say the U.S. should go and help them turn everything around, but then again our showing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina makes me wonder if we are truly qualified to do so. Plus, our previous history with military intervention in Haiti does not exactly lend to Haiti putting out the welcome mat for us.
On television I saw a reporter ask the President of Haiti if he has any idea how much it will cost to rebuild the country. To start, you don’t rebuild the ramshackle buildings that so littered Port-au-Prince before the earhtquake.
They need to treat the injured, raze the buildings, pass some basic construction standards, and have the international community construct relatively safe buildings. We have the technology and the know-how. If the country is to be rebuilt, then let’s do it right. Not just the buildings, but the people’s lives and the economy of the country. Otherwise, in the end, it is all for naught as the people will be no better off nor able to take care of themselves in good times, much less the next time a tragedy strikes.
One thing the people of Haiti do not need is to be insulted by an ignorant racist bigot that has a following of millions. Pat Robertson & the Christian Broadcasting Network have blamed a ‘Pact with the Devil’ for Haiti’s natural disasters (the earthquakes, previous hurricanes and rains that lead to massive flooding and mudslides.) No offense is meant to those followers of the religion that have a mind of their own and don’t blindly believe anything that spews out of Robertson’s mouth. However, thanks Pat for making me happy to be agnostic