The following email disturbed me. Is it verifiable? (I especially like the confidentiality disclaimer at the end. Is that meant to add verisimilitude or scare me away from posting something like this? It clearly is not meant to stop the forwarding chain.)
I don’t doubt that there are many logistical problems on the ground in Haiti, some of them exacerbated by ideological differences. But the main purpose of this email seems to be not to point out problems so that they may be addressed and rectified. Rather it is using the human suffering of this terrible catastrophe to sow dissent and fling insults, to create and demonize enemies out of the flawed people who are struggling to help in this crisis.
It uses the word “Obamite” as a perjorative. From the text, an Obamite is a young, emotional worker with USAID, with no more apparent brains than a groupie, but yet is pursing a sinister, communist agenda. And the author equates the French and French speakers with worthless anti-Americans. (Although as a former French colony, Haiti will certainly have Creole and French speakers.)
The author complains about the UN wasting American taxpayers’ money for the last five years in Haiti, an assertion that is neither supported by any evidence nor shown to be relevant to the disaster relief effort.
Although not logically relevant to the ostensible purpose of the email, the jab against the UN is fully in keeping with the underlying agenda of this type of chain email; that is, to sow dissent and vilify the current administration. The entire missive is horribly opportunistic, using the worst disaster in the Western Hemisphere (according to Pres. Bush and Clinton in their appeal for donations) to malign the UN, USAID, the French, the Obama administration and anyone who doesn’t current feel in their guts that the above mentioned of evil.
How is this productive? How are any problems solved? How can there be any hope of solving the problems that face our country (because this email is about the political battle in our country, not Haiti) is each side is demonizing the other? Having made the other side out to be in league with the devil, no civil discourse, much less compromise, is possible. This type of poison that has completely permeated our politics is destroying our government.
And, as a final note, the email misspells Port-au-Prince and Port o Prince. But perhaps that was a deliberate Anglicization to avoid insulting Haiti.
FW: A Haiti Perspective From a Marine Rescuer
Mon, February 1, 2010 6:44:03 AM
Subject: A Haiti Perspective From a Marine Rescuer
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 06:55:46 -0600
Sent to me by Anne Kroeger, who knows these people.......pretty disheartening, but I'm not surprised.
Subject: A Haiti Perspective From a Marine Rescuer.
I served in the SOG (Special Operations Group) in Viet Nam with Brockhausen and Hebler, they have both been involved with various disaster relief programs for the last several years to include Hurricane Katrina. They have both always been straight shooters and known to call a spade a spade, as well as sometimes using very "colorful" language. So I have no doubts as to the truthfulness of what he's saying.
News back from Nick Brockhausen.
He and Dennis Hebler made it back somewhat safe and sound.
I just returned from Haiti with Hebler. We flew in at 3 AM Sunday to the scene of such incredible destruction on one side, and enormous ineptitude and criminal neglect on the other.
Port o Prince is in ruins. The rest of the country is fairly intact. Our team was a rescue team and we carried special equipment that locates people buried under the rubble. There are easily 200,000 dead, the city smells like a charnal house. The bloody UN was there for 5 years doing apparently nothing but wasting US Taxpayers money. The ones I ran into were either incompetents or outright anti American. Most are French or french speakers, worthless every damn one of them.
While 1800 rescuers were ready willing and able to leave the airport and go do our jobs, the UN and USAID ( another organization full of little OBamites and communists that openly speak against Americana) These two organizations exemplared their parochialism by:
USAID, when in control of all inbound flights, had food and water flights stacked up all
the way to Miami, yet allowed Geraldo Rivera, Anderson Cooper and a host of other left wing news puppies to land.
Pulled all the security off the rescue teams so that Bill Clinton and his wife could have the grand tour, whilst we sat unable to get to people trapped in the rubble.
Stacked enough food and water for the relief over at the side of the airfield then put a guard on it while we dehydrated and wouldn't release a drop of it to the rescuers.
No shower facilities to decontaminate after digging or moving corpses all day, except for the FEMA teams who brought their own shower and decon equipment, as well as air conditioned tents.No latrine facilities, less digging a hole; if you set up a shitter everyone was trying to use it.
I watched a 25 year old Obamite with the USAID shrieking hysterically, berate a full bird colonel in the air force, because he countermanded her orders, whilst trying to unscrew the air pattern. " You don't know what your president wants! The military isn't in charge here we are!"
If any of you are thinking of giving money to the Haitian relief, or to the UN don't waste your money. It will only go to further the goals of the French and the Liberal left.
If we are a fair and even society, why is it that only white couples are adopting Haitian orphans. Where the hell is that vocal minority that is always screaming about the injustice of American society.
Bad place, bad situation, but a perfect look at the new world order in action. New Orleans magnified a thousand times. Haiti doesn't need democracy, what Haiti needs is
Papa Doc. That's not just my opinion , that is what virtually every Haitian we talked with said. the French run the UN treat us the same as when we were a colony, at least Papa
Doc ran the country.
Oh, and as a last slap in the face the last four of us had to take US AIRWAY's home from Phoenix. They slapped me with a 590 dollar baggage charge for the four of us.
The girl at the counter was almost in tears because she couldn't give us a discount or she would lose her job. Pass that on to the flying public.
God Bless America and the U.S. Marine Corps
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