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I think I understand it.

This is the kind of question that makes outsiders like me want to throw up their hands and ask, Is Aristide that big a deal?

It's like your conviction over paper ballots. What is the use of an election if they can just come and take away the president? Until Aristide is back it's all just game playing.

That's not a good comparison. A better one would be, until Al Gore is president, I won't accept any move forward in the country.

Now, there is room for compromise in Haiti. There's Aristide returning and there's Aristide returning to some capacity of power. I would say to the other side, is Aristide returning home to Haiti, which is something that he is Constitutionally allowed, such a big deal?

I'm confident that Preval will be able to work this out. He's got to get people of all classes on his side in great enough numbers so that when Aristide returns, he won't be a threat. Of course, I'm assuming that Preval and Aristide are still friendly. If that's not the case then who knows? I've read enough about Aristide to wonder if his pride wouldn't get in the way of Haitians' wellbeing.

And on another hand, the specter of Aristide might be the biggest leveraging tool the poor have in all of this. So keeping the Aristide option open is a good idea.

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