Sunday, February 29, 2004

T&T: UN should have heeded Caricom

On Friday, Manning told a news conference that the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force was on alert to go to Haiti as part of a multinational peacekeeping force, but that a Caricom resolution for such an intervention had been rejected by the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday.
Now, the whole situation has unravelled and caught the boys with their pants down. If the U.S. was going to apply pressure for Aristide to leave, then the resulting chaos should've been envisioned and measures put in place to prevent it. While the mess inside Haiti is the fault of Aristide and the rebels, the U.S. and the U.N. Security Council has to share blame for not encouraging Caricom countries to go ahead and be the forces on the ground. I also fault Caricom for not defying the U.N. and the U.S. and going ahead with their plan. Haiti is a member of Caricom. It's not as if Caricom countries have not thumbed their noses at the U.S. before -- they did over Iraq. If they had gone in to Haiti the troops' presence might have limited the amount of chaos occurring on the ground now.

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