Wounded Haitian children’s care stopped by US authorities

This video from the USA is called Haiti: Guns or food?

Some say that any criticism of the role of the United States government, armed forces, and corporations in Haiti after the disaster there is supposedly “anti American” or “anti imperialist” (which also seems for some to be a term of abuse, in spite of anti imperialist undercurrents in US thought ever since the eighteenth century American revolution).

Well, if that would be true, that would make not just the international political Left, but also the “Atlanticist” organization Doctors Without Borders, the “Atlanticist” Sarkozy government in France, other European governments, Brazil, basically all Caribbean countries, and many analysts in the USA itself “anti American”.

Here is more “anti Americanism” (from United States doctors in this case) about Haiti. From the London Times; owned by Rupert Murdoch; Australian, not American; but second to none in chauvinistic warmongering Rightist “American patriotism”:

US doctors beg their government to admit critically injured children from Haiti

American doctors are begging their Government to accept critically injured Haitian children after one baby girl was airlifted to hospital in Florida. …

US immigration officials had been refusing to allow children into the country until next weekend. However, as Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, arrived to assure Haitians that America stood ready to help “in any way we can”, doctors managed to persuade the US authorities to allow in Jean, a four-month-old Haitian girl for treatment. The orphaned child has cut through immigration rules used to bar entry to the US for Haitians even in extreme circumstances. However, by Saturday night only 23 Haitians had been admitted to US hospitals. …

“We can’t evacuate any Haitian patients to the US,” John McDonald, from the University of Miami Medical School, said. “Our country treats the Haitians like s***. The people land, they get sent back. When Cubans land, they open restaurants.” Another doctor at the tented clinic said that she was so desperate at being forced to discharge children still in grave danger of dying from infection that she wanted to “scream and scratch people”. For want of bed space “we are sending wounded children back on to the streets of Port-au-Prince with no plan even for how they will be fed,” said Jennifer Furn, from Harvard Medical School. [Note [from Buzzflash in the USA]: The policies of this administration speak for themselves. If I did not know it, I would swear that Brother Bush was still in office. And those of you here have the nerve to speak out on behalf of a man that either lies on purpose to the people. Or cannot keep his administration or the military in check].

The Obama administration has taken extraordinary measures to prevent desperate Haitians from entering the US since a January 12 earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation: here.

United States racism and the Haiti disaster: here.

From LEFT IN EAST DAKOTA blog in the USA: We’re there to protect property relations not people.

2 thoughts on “Wounded Haitian children’s care stopped by US authorities

  1. http://www.haitisolidarity.net/article.php?id=368

    By Robert Roth
    Haiti Action Committee

    “Please support community-based organizers in Haiti who are working day and night to get aid to the people. Please contribute to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund at http://www.haitiaction.net

    In June of 2004, I went to Haiti with two other members of the Haiti Action Committee. We were there to investigate the effects of the political earthquake in which the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been overthrown by a coup orchestrated by the United States, France and Canada.

    What we saw still resonates. Hundreds of families who had had to flee their homes in the face of repression, thousands of grass roots activists in prison because of their association with Aristide’s Lavalas movement, literacy projects and schools destroyed, community-based activists forced into exile, Haiti returned to elite control in the name of “stability” and “security.”

    We also saw the beginnings of the United Nations occupation, labeled “peacekeeping” by UN (Minustah) authorities, but clearly seen by the popular movement as the beginning of an international take-over of Haiti.

    The coup devastated Haiti. It shattered the promises of a truly democratic period in Haitian history. It interrupted a process of building schools (more schools were built under Lavalas governments than had been built in all of Haitian history), establishing health clinics and parks in the poorest communities, support for literacy efforts among women, respect for the indigenous religion of Vodou, and a commitment to the development of Haitian agriculture in the face of the flooding of Haitian markets by U.S. goods.

    Six years later, here we are. Fanmi Lavalas, the most popular political party in Haiti, has been banned from participating in elections, with the full support of the United States. The Preval government has tailored its policies to what the United States demands, rather than to what the people need. There is a deep fissure between the people and the official government, a deep gap between the occupied and the occupiers.

    Yes, the earthquake was a violent natural disaster, presenting overwhelming challenges to any government or any aid responders. Yet, it is clear that this natural disaster — just like that of Hurricane Katrina — is compounded by a political failure, the continuation of generations of assaults against Haiti, and — in particular — a brutal UN/US occupation that has brought to a grinding halt the promise of the Aristide years.

    Now we watch the U.S. gear up for a massive military operation in Haiti, while people die due to lack of medicine, or starve while food supplies sit on the airport tarmac. We see the pictures of families digging their relatives out of the rubble, with no aid in sight despite the presence of 9000 UN troops. We read the usual racist slurs against Haitians, called “scavengers” or “looters” when, after days of no assistance, they look for food and water in abandoned homes. We read that the problems of Haiti are rooted in “their culture and religious beliefs,” rather than in the harsh realities of colonialism and occupation. We hear CNN reports of a field hospital being ordered out of a community for “security reasons” by the United Nations, even in the face of wounded and dying people. And we read that Doctors Without Borders cargo planes were denied landing space in Port-au-Prince by U.S. military authorities.

    This is a time to respect the resiliency and courage of the Haitian people. It is a time for aid, not charity, for solidarity not a U.S. military take-over. And it is a time to return President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to his homeland.

    Please support community-based organizers in Haiti who are working day and night to get aid to the people. Please contribute to Haiti Emergency Relief Fund at http://www.haitiaction.net


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