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What was the reason to invade Haiti, kidnap their president and destabilize it anyway?

Hey Granny - From Haiti Action Net:

Naomi Klein asked Aristide what led to his falling out with the U.S. government, for which the Haitian people have again suffered so much. His answer: the one thing he didn't put in the deal for the U.S. to restore him to power: "privatization, privatization, privatization." Klein wrote in The Nation's upcoming August issue:

The dispute dates back to a series of meetings in early 1994, a pivotal moment in Haiti's history that Aristide has rarely discussed. Haitians were living under the barbaric rule of Raoul Cédras, who overthrew Aristide in a 1991 US-backed coup. Aristide was in Washington and despite popular calls for his return, there was no way he could face down the junta without military back-up. Increasingly embarrassed by Cédras's abuses, the Clinton Administration offered Aristide a deal: US troops would take him back to Haiti--but only after he agreed to a sweeping economic program with the stated goal to "substantially transform the nature of the Haitian state."

Aristide agreed to pay the debts accumulated under the kleptocratic Duvalier dictatorships, slash the civil service, open up Haiti to "free trade" and cut import tariffs on rice and corn in half. It was a lousy deal but, Aristide says, he had little choice. "I was out of my country and my country was the poorest in the Western hemisphere, so what kind of power did I have at that time?"

But Washington's negotiators made one demand that Aristide could not accept: the immediate sell-off of Haiti's state-owned enterprises, including phones and electricity.

Aristide's compromise of democratizing the state agenties ultimately proved to be not enough for U.S. rulers when they found he truly meant letting parliament vote on what to do.

"The hidden agenda was to tie my hands once I was back and make me give for nothing all the state public enterprises." He threatened to arrest anyone who went ahead with privatizations. "Washington was very angry at me. They said I didn't respect my word, when they were the ones who didn't respect our common economic policy."

The reaction of the U.S., with France and Canada, was the economic isolation of Aristide's democratic government and the support of its anti-democratic opponents, culminating in the coup d'etat of 2004 February 29, sealed with the aid of U.S. and French troops and now, as mentioned, maintained with the aid of a UN mission led by Brazil.

The power structure of the world, from international laws to the powerful governments that violate them at will, is set up to ensure a right to profit— justice, quality of life for the majority, and human freedom be damned. Until the power to enforce this privilege is taken away, entire countries will be made examples of, with their populations made victims like the people of Haiti.

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