“Gauze, Not Guns”

Security ‘Red Zones’ in Haiti Preventing Large Aid Groups From Effectively Distributing Aid

As thousands of well-equipped U.S. soldiers pour into Haiti, there is an increasing concern about the militarization of the country, supporting the soldiers and not the people. Or, as one doctor put it, ‘people need gauze, not guns.’ We take a look at aid distribution in Haiti and the effect on Haitians fighting to survive in the aftermath of the earthquake.

But, Noooooo, not the American government. We feel as if the answer to anything and everything is weaponry and troops (at least that is the storyline). It doesn’t matter that the objective is called a policing action in one quarter, but in another it is NOT a policing action. Or that we are supposedly there to keep the peace, but NOT police. (Gates, you numbskull.) Seems to me had we been quck to help, instead of quick to invade and set up a military beachhead, there wouldn’t be as much of a need to police or whatever it is that our American troops are doing there. Notice that they didn’t say they would be removing people from fallen buildings.

The involvement of such a mass of troops can only mean one thing: the Empire Moves Forward. But why that repugnant, devil-worshiping sin hole of nothing but black people (that speak FRENCH for goodness sakes)? Because, of course, they have oil and gold, silver and copper reserves basically untouched.

At the same time, those godless heathens called Venezuelans and Cubans are sending REAL medical assistance (scum bags are elbowing in our “passionate” side). China, another enemy of the state, is sending teams of dogs to rescue people.

All the while, we muster clogging up the real helpers’ efforts by using the blunt weapon of our forces to put a “bottleneck” on the airport and delay by days the real help.

Cuba, China, Venezuela Send Immediate Assistance to Haiti

by Deirdre Griswold

As soon as the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, Cuban doctors began saving lives.

Years before this monumental disaster hit, Cuba had set up a medical mission in Haiti to provide health care in areas where there had been little or none; Cubans also were training Haitian medical workers in basic first aid. When the quake struck, these teams quickly went into emergency mode.

A relief plane from Venezuela was among the first to land in the stricken country, where normal services had ground to a halt. Venezuelan and Brazilian doctors soon joined the Cuban teams, who were accustomed to working in spartan conditions and had their own generators to power surgical equipment.

Other Cuban doctors who had been working in Haiti, but were in Cuba on vacation when the quake occurred, quickly returned. They were joined by additional Cuban surgeons experienced in working in difficult situations and Haitian doctors who had been training in Cuban medical schools in various specialties.

Within less than 24 hours, Cuban medical personnel in Haiti had already assisted hundreds of patients — a figure that grew to thousands by the weekend.

Chinese search and rescue team

At 2 a.m. on Jan. 14, about 32 hours after the quake, a plane landed in Port-au-Prince with a search and rescue team from China — which had its own earthquake catastrophe just two years ago. The plane had left China within hours of hearing of Haiti’s urgent need and flew halfway around the world.

The China Earthquake Administration reported that the team worked for more than 60 hours pulling people out of collapsed buildings in the capital. According to China Daily, the team “started working with peacekeeping forces from Brazil and Nepal and rescue teams from the U.S. and France.

“They had retrieved the bodies of some United Nations officials, including U.N. chief in Haiti Hedi Annabi and Luiz Da Costa, deputy special representative of the U.N. general secretary in Haiti, in addition to eight Chinese police officers.

“The team also set up a medical station to offer treatment for patients pulled out of debris and medical support to medical and security personnel. The team will continue search and rescue work in other parts of Haiti in coordination with the U.N., the CEA said.”

Hou Shike, chief doctor of the Chinese medical team, reported that the team had already treated more than 200 patients with severe trauma.

Three days later, on Jan. 17, a Chinese transport plane arrived in Port-au-Prince with 90 tons of supplies, including medicines, tents, emergency lights, water purification supplies, food, drinking water and clothing.

Also on Jan. 17, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela pledged his country would provide as much fuel as Haiti needed to generate electricity and provide transport.

U.S.-controlled airport a ‘bottleneck’

Meanwhile, the Haitian government, now barely able to function, turned over control of its international airport to the U.S. Washington’s first priority was to rush in thousands of troops. This has already brought criticism from aid groups.

Doctors Without Borders, based in Geneva, said the U.S.-controlled airport was a supply bottleneck and that there was “little sign of significant aid distribution.” (Telegraph [Britain], Jan. 18) The aid group said a flight carrying its own inflatable hospital was denied landing clearance and the material was being trucked overland from the Dominican Republic, delaying its arrival by 24 hours.

“French, Brazilian and other officials had earlier complained about the airport’s refusal to allow their supply planes to land. A World Food Program official told The New York Times that the Americans’ priorities were out of sync, allowing too many U.S. military flights and too few aid deliveries.

“Alain Joyandet, French cooperation minister, said he had protested to Washington about the U.S. military’s management of the airport, where he said a French medical aid flight had been turned away.” (Telegraph)

China Daily on Jan. 18 in a report from Port-au-Prince said that aid distribution was in general “random, chaotic and minimal.” It described how crowds jostled for food and water “as U.S. military helicopters swooped down to throw out boxes of water bottles and rations. A reporter also saw foreign aid workers tossing packets of food to desperate Haitians.

“’The distribution is totally disorganized. They are not identifying the people who need the water. The sick and the old have no chance,’ said Estime Pierre Deny, standing at the back of a crowd looking for water with his empty plastic container.”

The Chinese paper added that “Dozens of countries have sent planes with rescue teams, doctors, tents, food, medicine and other supplies, but faced a bottleneck at Port-au-Prince’s small airport.”

It is very difficult to find coverage in the U.S. corporate media of what socialist and progressive countries are doing to help Haiti. Perhaps it is because they don’t put a price tag on their sacrifice? We do hear a lot about the $100 million that the Obama administration is promising. But on the ground, when thousands are dying every day from lack of water, food and medicine, that promise of greenbacks down the line isn’t enough.

Now I don’t know about “causing” an earthquake with HAARP or any other means (that has been tossed about on shows like Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory). I have read several accounts of strange earthquakes in China and other places that people are saying was done by HAARP.

UPDATE: Seems as if Sec of Defense Cohen once said technology was already possible, so maybe HAARP has merit. Would they use something like this to get their ways, IF the goal was great enough?

Whether or not the technology is available to cause something like this, it is a certainty that we are going to take advantage and not allow the crisis to go to waste.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Rahm Emmanuel

If we had taken the stance that our sworn enemies did and actually try to help, instead of establish a military presence, there would be more people alive today. But our country does not have a moral compass any longer. We have been hijacked by the most ruthless, thieving bunch of assholes who are set upon nothing but the full domination of this planet. And little Haiti just happened to fall in line with that earthquake, bolstered by the horrendous failures of the American Military to provide the real assistance that was needed.

Something tells me that in reality, everything is going precisely to their plans.

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4 thoughts on ““Gauze, Not Guns”

  1. B-man

    I cannot believe in an earthquake weapon, either. I wondered what your take on it would be.

    That said, I think Naomi Klein’s call to not let Haiti become a Shock Doctrine victim was precient. I wonder how much of our military presence there is our usual ham-handedness (and deep-seated belief that property rights are more important than human rights) and how much is dominion. (I loved your quick analysis of Gates’ many goofy statements.)

    I have a hard time believing Haiti is strategic, though, but I don’t have much of a strategic mind; I always lost at Risk.

    Regards,

    Tengrain

  2. Exactly, B’Man. With so much pain and suffering in Haiti on a grand scale, why in the world aren’t we focused on HUMANITARIAN AID instead of military aid? The thought of soldiers with guns jack booting it around while some of the world’s poorest of the poor are crushed under concrete and dying is clearly NOT compatible. That visual boggles the mind.

    Completely coincidental, but two days before the Haiti earthquake, NPR ran an interview with Bill Clinton who was talking up big plans for corporate development in Haiti -you know, his role in the Global Initiative and all. Which might make one go out on a connect the dots limb to think about what *could have even been* behind the Indonesian tsunami geopolitical curtain. I seem to recall a big TIME magazine, Bush/Clinton sleep over fest and cover spread on that one. (Yours truly is as anti-conspiro as they get. Just sayin”…)

  3. Gentlemen:

    I became slightly optimistic about some sort of social change in Big Sammy, anyway, even if Haiti as it was is a lost cause. I am NOT hopeful that South Florida will allow a Marielito-style mass immigration of the displaced.

    On the positive side, when the U.S. military in Haitian “relief” began doing all sorts of things beyond its mandate in Haiti, I noticed that all the writers in the peace and freedom community on line sort of began writing of the SHOCK DOCTRINE without prodding from each other. It speaks well for the ANALYTICAL SKILLS of a good number of AmeriKKKans. Whether a physically activist sensibility will be employed is a much tougher question. The positive sign is that minds are open and pretty sharp and intellectual ferment is strong where we are.

    I´m considering going to Haiti just to dig ditches and get potable water going, but I´m a new step-father and the kids I´m responsible for arrive in 3 days from the grandma´s house in Bogotá. At least, this little movement is working towards a better tomorrow in ways big and small, far away from Obummer´s “new spirit of REZ-BON-ZA-BIL-IT-TAY.” Rather with peoples´ad hoc rescue groups than with military and Red Cross and other “aid institutions” and NGO/NWO scammers.

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