Sunday, January 31, 2010

What the Haiti?!

I came up with the title actually Friday afternoon for this article about the halting of airlifting people in need of medical treatment out of Haiti due to disputes over who'll pay for the healthcare cost. (Ironic, huh?)

And I was gonna follow that up with this article about Fox News and Rush Limbaugh giving aid and comfort to Osama bin Laden and Al Qeada.

But I couldn't think of an explanation for the Limbaugh piece in part because I was trying to find good video of the tea tax Obama smacked down Friday afternoon. Then I got caught up listening and before I knew, I needed a break.

Then, closing down for the night, I came across this: Americans Arrested While Taking Children From Haiti.

"Ruh, roh, Shaggy!"
I mean for real people. "Er, duh!"
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 30) -- Ten Americans were detained by Haitian police on Saturday as they tried to bus 33 children across the border into the Dominican Republic, allegedly without proper documents.
The Baptist church members from Idaho called it a "Haitian Orphan Rescue Mission," meant to save abandoned children from the chaos following Haiti's earthquake. Their plan was to scoop up 100 kids and take them by bus to a rented hotel at a beach resort in the Dominican Republic, where they planned to establish an orphanage.

Whether they realized it or not, these Americans - the first known to be taken into custody since the Jan. 12 earthquake - put themselves in the middle of a firestorm in Haiti, where government leaders have suspended adoptions amid fears that parentless or lost children are more vulnerable than ever to child trafficking.

Now, maybe they got the idea after hearing some of the "pierre pan" talk. And maybe I'm already biased after reading this blog post last week. But damn.

These people didn't even consult with the Haitian government. Do you have to be a genius to realize you need to consult with the Haitian government? All it would've taken is one google search to discover Haitian government has stopped new adoptions. New adoptions out of Haiti stopped at least two days after the earthquake if not the very next day. I guess they figured the government was too shattered right now too warrant respect.

But I can't blame'em.

No, I can, I just feel like checking down the media. They were so eager to describe the looting and violence in Haiti, they never bothered to clarify that violence in Haiti has been below pre-earthquake levels, or that violence wasn't holding up aid, that air-traffic controllers from Florida held up traffic flow to give priority to US security over international aid.

The media just blithely skipped right pass the humanity of the people. No one took a moment to consider that after a 7.0 earthquake and a aftershock reaching 6.1, with deaths well over 150thousand, that people were more concerned about food and shelter for violence. That maybe if there were more aid, there wouldn't be such "need" for security. Seriously, folks! Do you think the Haitian criminals are like cockroaches: not even nuclear radiation can kill them? Do you think a "prison miracle" happened like in the Bible and all the prisoners escaped the earthquake unscathed?

Or, maybe it's just that black people in general just love any excuse for fried chicken, watermelon, and violence? And that even though international aid groups are worried about possible child trafficking, white people, especially red-blood white American Christians, would never take advantage of others and with just their white skin and US passport, they should be allowed to cross national borders with 30 children.

I hear ya. "K, they weren't thinking that." Really? Then just what the Haiti were they thinking then?


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