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Old 20 February 2010, 06:45 PM
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A small reminder of history.

In the 1700's what is now Haiti was called the "Jewel of the Caribbean," and supplied about 40% of the world's sugar.

In 1791 the government of France passed legislation to phase out slavery in its Caribbean colonies and grant the former Negro slaves citizenship.

Rather than becoming citizens, Haiti's Negro population mass murdered all whites and Mulattoes who could not flee the Island in time.

In 1804 only full blooded Negros remained and Haiti became the first Negro ruled nation.

The Haitian revolution dominated America 's debate over slavery. While both the north and the south agreed that slavery should be ended, southerners and a large percentage of northerners universally opposed having a large population of freed slaves living in their midst..

The Haitian "Revolution"was fresh in every one's mind.

Flash forward to 1915.

The "Jewel of the Caribbean " is now a desolate cesspool, that is exporting almost no sugar.

The United States decides to "take up the white man's burden" and send the US Marine Corps to rebuild Haiti 's infrastructure and feed it's starving population.

The United States gave huge amounts of money to Haiti and over-saw the building of 1,000 miles of road, telephone lines, modernized its port, and helped Haiti to start exporting sugar once again.

The US also put an end to the thousands of bandits along Haiti 's border with the Dominican Republic.

The US left in 1934 at the request of the then stabilized and very ungrateful Haitian government.

Haiti immediately sank straight back into total desolation strife. In 1973 the United State once again began playing a huge role in Haiti, giving the Island huge sums of money in handouts each year.

In 1994 the Clinton administration once again sent the US military to Haiti to rebuild the Island's infrastructure.

In 1995 the Peace Corps went to Haiti in large numbers to train the Haitians in job skills. The US government spent almost one Billion providing food and job training to the Haitians between 95 and 99.

So when Obama says that Haiti has our "full, unwavering, support," they have already had our full support since 1915.

I wonder how long it'll be before we're asked to leave again? !!!
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Old 20 February 2010, 07:01 PM
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I wonder how long it'll be before we're asked to leave again? !!!
I suppose that might happen if dictators start taking control of the country like the OP managed to gloss over. Dictatorial revolutions tend to be really bad to nations as Haiti is a good example of.

Of course being on a fault line is never a good thing either...
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Old 20 February 2010, 07:05 PM
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Someone is in serious need of history lessons.
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In 1791 the government of France passed legislation to phase out slavery in its Caribbean colonies and grant the former Negro slaves citizenship.
No, they didn't. In 1792, not '91, the French legislature decided to offer full citizenship to already-free "people of color" (mulattoes) and already-free blacks. They did not "phase out slavery" -- slavery was not abolished in French colonies by law until 1794, and the practice didn't end completely until 1848, more than fifty years later.
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Rather than becoming citizens, Haiti's Negro population mass murdered all whites and Mulattoes who could not flee the Island in time.
This must have been a shocking surprise to the whites and mulattoes who fought for independence. Oh wait, it wasn't, because it didn't happen.
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In 1804 only full blooded Negros remained and Haiti became the first Negro ruled nation.
Nope, sorry. Yes, it was the first black colony to gain independence, and it was the first majority-black independent nation in the Western Hemisphere; but there were millennia of black-ruled nations in Africa before European colonials "discovered" sub-Saharan African in the 15th century.
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The Haitian revolution dominated America 's debate over slavery.
No, sorry. It was a piece of relevant data, but it certainly didn't "dominate America's debate."
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While both the north and the south agreed that slavery should be ended,
Really? If the question was settled in 1804, why did we have a civil war sixty years later?
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...southerners and a large percentage of northerners universally opposed having a large population of freed slaves living in their midst.
This bit is somewhat reality-based: some, even many, whites were anxious about having free blacks in their midst. There were two general categories, with multiple overlap between: bigots and the poor. Bigots didn't want "them" mixing with "us," and poor whites were afraid freed slaves would work for less money, putting them out of work. But I'm still not sure how a "large percentage" of people's opinion can also be "universal," unless that large percentage is 100.

This essay is bigoted bullNFBSK.

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Old 20 February 2010, 07:25 PM
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As a general rule of thumb any internet message entitled "The Truth about ...." should be deleted without reading (unless you have taken anti-nausea pills).

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Old 20 February 2010, 09:49 PM
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LOL, that would make a great sig line.
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Old 25 March 2010, 06:05 PM
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Umm, you kinda left the Duvaliers and thirty years of despotic, dictatorial rule out of Hatian history.
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