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Blame America First

By Jesse Fruhwirth
Posted // February 10,2010 - It seems unfashionable these days to defend America’s darkest errors, much to the chagrin of a columnist tasked with refereeing reader debates. Consider a letter to the editor [“Meddling Americans,”, Feb. 3] that blasts the United States and France’s contributions to creating the economic hellhole known as Haiti. The letter-writer claims that, while the earthquake was just bad luck, the United States has done plenty to ensure that any natural disaster would be unnaturally disastrous.

“Haiti’s problems (earthquakes aside) are not supernatural, but man-made,” wrote Paul Ames, of Eureka.

Ames recounts how the U.S. refused to acknowledge Haiti as an independent nation until 60 years after Haiti’s actual liberation from France. Sixty years later, he writes, the United States invaded Haiti, then installed and sponsored brutal dictators—most notably the Duvalier clan. Haiti had its first elected president in 1991, until a U.S.-sponsored coup. Bill Clinton allowed Jean-Bertrand Aristide to return as president, but forced him to impose free-trade structural adjustments. “[As a result, Haiti,] a former food-exporting country, soon became 100 percent dependent on imported food,” Ames wrote.

The only online comments the letter received were from Hayduke (“Good letter”) and sonny (“Yes, VERY good letter.”) What happened to the gripe that liberals always “blame America first”?

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Posted // February 12,2010 at 15:35 You mean those two little World War thingies and millions of dead people? C'mon, Hayduke, that was part of a 1,000 year plan called a Reich. The world was just collateral damage for the Germans in their pursuit of white purity and purpose. Now that I think about it, they were a lot like Teabaggers. Hated any race that was different than the bright-white Aryan bloodline, practiced occult/supernatural worship, had street demonstrations where they all turned out and worshipped at the feet charismatic criminal-leaders and generally went along with it because their lives were so empty after having been thrashed in the last election, er, I mean, WW I. If you really care about this country, you must know the facts about our past meddling into the creation and backing of puppet-dictator governments all over the world. The Middle East, South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. Almost all with disasterous results and a growing hatred of America by common people everywhere. I think it's just fine that Obama has gone round the world and said,"You know, we F&#cked up sometimes! We're not perfect; we thought we had good reason for behaving like drunken teenagers or vengeful neighbors. Sorry!" What's wrong with that? Admitting your faults, making amends and getting on with it.


Posted // February 13,2010 at 07:30 -

Nothing wrong with admitting mistakes and trying to deal with them. That's always good. I'm very aware of the bad shit America has done and continues to do. I just don't like it when people, like Germans, who have no room to talk as you've pointed out, try and lecture me on how evil our country is, especially while I'm travelling. We'll see how it goes this time...


Posted // February 10,2010 at 15:16

I just figured I'd try and give a compliment for a change. It was a good letter.

While I do agree with most of what Ames wrote, I'm also sick to death of America being blamed for other people's inability or reluctance to manage their own affairs, even after decades of opportunity.

When I travel I expect the usual barrage of shit from the usual suspects about what America is doing wrong in the world. Germans are the worst offenders, in my experience.