Listen to the Haitians Opposed to Outside Intervention

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“The Haitian interim prime minister recently requested U.S. military assistance following the assassination of the president, but there is significant popular opposition to having U.S. forces in Haiti …. U.S. intervention in Haiti would be a bad idea even if there were broader popular support for it. When there is such strong opposition from Haitian civil society, the case for intervention completely collapses. The U.S. supported Moise before his death, so it is unlikely that U.S. forces would be welcomed by the people that protested against his rule. That could make a U.S. military presence in Haiti a cause of more instability. Because [de facto prime minister Claude] Joseph is not seen as legitimate by many of his countrymen, they will not recognize his authority to invite foreign forces into the country. U.S. forces would be and would be perceived as invaders and occupiers.” (07/13/21)