Monday, March 18, 2013

Canadian Columnist Margaret Wente: Let’s Help Haiti, by Letting the Haitians Move to Canada [and Destroy It!]; It Won’t Cost Us Anything, and It Will Actually Help Them

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“Americans Got Ripped Off for Billions of Dollars in Earthquake Aid to Haiti, and NPR and Poverty Pimp Jonathan Katz Rub Their Noses in It, by Adding Insult to Injury”; and

“Haiti: Canadian Hockey Commentator Don Cherry Asks, ‘Are We Nuts?’ to Give Haiti $49.5 Million, When We’re Broke?”]

Posted by Nicholas Stix

It isn’t bad enough that the Canadian government had pickpocketed white Canadian taxpayers to the tune of over $1 billion to Haiti from 2006 on, even before the 2010 earthquake, and is forcing them to support 90,000 Haitians in Canada. Socialist columnist Margaret Wente wants to bring Haiti to Canada!

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Aid to Haiti: Are we nuts?
By Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail
January 10, 2013
Last updatedTuesday, January 15, 2013, 11:22 a.m. EST
Comments closed [N.S.: The courageous editors at the G&M permitted lefty readers to beat up on Don Cherry, but never permitted any comments on their columnist and notorious plagiarist Margaret Wente, so that tells you what they figured many readers thought of her!]

Don Cherry has done it again. The obnoxious loudmouth wants to know why we’re wasting money by sending it to Haiti, one of the most blighted nations on Earth. “Are we nuts?” he tweeted the other day. That was his reaction to the news that Canada is “reviewing” its Haiti strategy because our International Co-operation Minister, Julian Fantino, doesn’t think we’re getting enough bang for our buck.

Members of the dissolved Haitian army and civilian volunteers sing at the former military base Camp Lamantin, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday March 21, 2012. Haitian authorities are ordering some army veterans and would-be soldiers to clear out of several old barracks they have taken over in recent weeks in hopes the disbanded army will be revived, the Interior Ministry said.

Personally, I can think of quite a few reasons to help Haiti. Canadians are kind and generous, and Haiti is close to home. More than 90,000 Haitians – including our wildly popular former governor-general, Michaëlle Jean – live in Canada. [So, because Haitians are already living off of Canadian welfare, whites are obligated to support the rest of them?] Haiti is also a wrenching hard-luck story, devastated by earthquake, plagued by cholera and now threatened with hunger after Hurricane Sandy washed away most of the year’s crops. Haitians don’t deserve this. Nobody does.

So it pains me to admit that Mr. Cherry has a point. Haiti is a hard country to help. Three years after Port-au-Prince was flattened by a quake, Haiti’s reconstruction has barely started. More than 350,000 people still live in tents. They still don’t have clean water, toilets or electricity.

It’s not for lack of good intentions. Bill Clinton, the United Nations special envoy for Haiti, urged donors to take a new approach to aid. The aim was not merely to provide emergency relief but to “build back better” by creating the infrastructure, health programs and jobs needed to turn the country into a functioning state. [White nations gave Haiti more than enough to get the job done, but the Haitians stole much of the money and supplies, and the non-profits stole the rest.]

Donors enthusiastically pledged $5.3-billion [correction: $9.5 billion]to transform Haiti. Soon, there were no fewer than 9,000 NGOs at work there, more than in any country but India. The World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development plunged in.

Canada stepped up, too; Haiti became its largest recipient of foreign aid. [You forgot to mention that Canada had already given Haiti $1 billion in aid since 2006. Whatever happened to that money? I guess that’s one of the reasons why the G&M editors refused to permit people to post comments.]

This time, the donors pledged not to repeat the same old mistakes. [Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!] This time, someone would be in charge. Because the Haitian government was weak and unstable, a special commission, co-chaired by Mr. Clinton and the Haitian prime minister, was created to oversee the recovery efforts. Jean-Marie Bourjolly, a Haitian-Canadian technology professor, was one of the commissioners. “You need concerted effort, co-ordination and planning to solve the problem, because the problem is global,” he told me. “Clinton had all the power he needed.

[What kind of globaloney is this? The problem was Haitian. Is this guy a moron, a liar, or a crook, in calling a local problem, “global”?]

Unfortunately, he didn’t do anything.” The commission wound down 18 months later.

Yet, it’s doubtful that any master plan could have rescued Haiti. The country lacks basic property rights and land title, which means no one knows who owns what. The government can’t [refuses to] deliver basic services. International officials, sensitive to being perceived as neo-colonials, tried to defer to the Haitians, but the Haitians felt the end run anyway. [The locals are mostly crooks and incompetents, yet they scream for help. Who cares what they think? If they want white people’s money, they have to left white people run the show. Otherwise, they can take of themselves. The whites who “defer[red]” to the Haitians, and were “sensitive,” were actually guilty of violating their fiduciary obligations to the donors, but they didn’t care. They were being paid well, and none of it was their own money. These are the kind of frauds who like to call themselves “philanthropists.” A real philanthropist spends his own money.]

They stood by as foreigners raced around in SUVs and squandered huge amounts on overhead. Nearly all the money spent on redevelopment went to foreign contractors. Only 1 per cent of the aid money flowed through the Haitian government. [Given how corrupt the Haitian government routinely is, is that a criticism or a compliment? If I donated aid, I wouldn’t one penny to go through the Haitian government. But she’s lying, anyway. Haitian officials stole gazillions in money and supplies.] Then UN soldiers from Nepal set off a cholera epidemic when their feces leaked into a local river, killing more than 7,500 people and sickening hundreds of thousands more. [So, is she saying she doesn’t like the UN? Somehow, I doubt it. But at least the soldiers were Asian, rather than black, so they’re fair game.] The epidemic made Haitians even more resentful of foreign intervention. [“Resentful”?! They’ve had their hands out for foreign aid for generations, and they’ve never refused it! Who does she think she’s kidding? If they’re resentful, that’s just an expression of their genocidal racism and hypocrisy. That’s just more reason for cutting them off entirely. The problem with lefties like Wente is that they hate their own race, and so they will shamelessly rationalize any and all anti-white racism.

The mentality of the Haitians and so manny other blacks (and Hispanics) can be summed up thusly,

White man, white man,
Give us help!
White man, White man,
We hate you!]

Like Afghanistan, Haiti is a hard country to help. Canada spent $1.5-billion in aid in Afghanistan with no discernible result. We’ve spent $1-billion on development in Haiti since 2006. Some of the money has gone for emergency relief, and no one would begrudge that. [Oh, yes they would!] But the idea that we – or anyone else – know how to “get Haiti right” is a cruel joke. It’s just another version of the conceit that enlightened foreigners can lift up the world’s backward people. [Well, that sounds sensible—but it’s just a rhetorical tease, to fool you into thinking she’s sane and decent.]

But I don’t want to leave you with the notion that nothing can be done and that Haitians are doomed. In fact, Haitians do very well – outside Haiti. And they’re a huge source of remittances, which go directly to Haitians themselves. This money amounts to about $1.5-billion a year. If we really wanted to help Haiti, we’d open our doors to Haitian emigration; that would cost us almost nothing, and improve the lives of all the new arrivals as well as the relatives who stay behind.

[“That would cost us almost nothing.” Not exactly. It would cost Canadians the destruction of their economy, due to Haitian welfare “needs,” the destruction of their safety, through Haitian crime, and the destruction of their health, through AIDS and other diseases that Haitians would helpfully infect the populous with, in gifting them with health diversity.]

Of course, we might not get that warm and fuzzy feeling. But we might actually do some good.

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