[Marxism] Re: Lula and Haiti.
davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Tue Dec 7 01:13:04 MST 2004
I agree 100% with Greg's point below.
Still, the excerpt -- if we are to take the General's words at face
value -- is interesting from the standpoint of a represenative of client
state disobeying the orders of his western imperialist bosses. It
shows the way that cracks can arise within western/client state
alliances. I'd be very suprised if what the General's expressed is in
line with Lula intentions behind agreeing to deploy troops there.
From: gdunkel at mindspring.com
> Consider this: foreign troops occupying one of the poorest countries in
> the world, a country without an army, are foreign soldiers whether they are
> wearing blue helmets -- from the UN -- or khaki helmets from the US.
> Here's what Reuters had to say:
> Brazil rejects U.S. call for Haiti crackdown
> 02 Dec 2004 23:22:41 GMT
> Source: Reuters
> By Andrew Hay
> "We are under extreme pressure from the international community to use
> violence," General Augusto Heleno Ribeiro told a congressional commission
> in Brazil. "I command a peacekeeping force, not an occupation force ... we
> are not there to carry out violence, this will not happen for as long as
> I'm in charge of the force."
> He cited the United States, France and Canada among countries pressing for
> the use of force against armed groups.
> Den Dupuy, who is sec general of the National Popular Party in Haiti and
> editorial director of Haiti-Progres, a newspaper I occassionally write for,
> feels that the United States and France called in the UN because their
> military was being chewed up in Iraq and the Ivory Coast, respectively.
> He doesn't really bother about why the Brazilians did it -- and what Cuba
> thinks -- but wants to analyze the effects of UN intervention on Haiti and
> why France & the US acted the way they did.
> I personally think that one of the tasks of the anti-imperialist movement
> in this country is figuring out how to aid Haiti in removing its foreign
> occupiers, no matter which helmet they are wearing.
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