Monday, January 17, 2011
Haiti: From the Frying Pan Into the Fire A Country Goes
Just when you think things cannot get any worse...We awoke on this national holiday honoring Martin Luther King to the news that former tyrant and deposed dictator Baby Doc Duvalier had returned to his former stomping grounds, the backs of the Haitian people.
While many will point to the estimated tens of thousands of dead his regime left in its wake, my personal favorite Baby Doc story that kinda sums up his leadership in a nutshell is the anecdote that while the Haitian people were suffering and starving out a hard scrabble existence, Baby Doc and family would go on shopping sprees at the finest stores in Paris and piss away the country's meager wealth on such necessities as fur coats for the Mrs. Why or how could anyone wear fur coats in the oppressive Caribbean heat of Haiti? No problem, Baby Doc squandered more of his peoples money building a refrigerated vault so the Mrs. could wear her furs in the basement of the Presidential mansion. See http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20103707,00.html
Cold fur...just what Haiti needs at its time of crisis.