The siege of Haiti by Rachel Cohen and Alan Maass

Rachel Cohen and Alan Maass explain that the U.S. government’s callous attitude toward Haitians desperate to flee the disaster is part of a longstanding history.
January 22, 2010

THE RING of mighty warships off the coast of Port-au-Prince is a stark symbol of the true intentions of the U.S. government in its “humanitarian” mission following Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

The Navy and Coast Guard vessels aren’t there with food or water or rescue teams. They’re on patrol to make sure that Haitians don’t escape the disaster and try to get to the United States.

A week and a half after the earthquake hit–with hundreds of thousands dead and as many as 3 million made homeless–even mainstream news reports admit that relief efforts organized by the U.S. aren’t getting food and water to many people.

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